On Friday, May 29th at 5:00pm PDT / 8:00pm EST, fans and friends will join the cast of “Mr. Belvedere” for a special Zoom Reunion – The whole family will be there; Rob Stone, Tracy Tofte Wells, Brice Beckham, Ilene Graff and Bob Uecker!
The cast will be talking about making the show, favorite episodes, on-set practical jokes, and they will answer all the fans questions.
The humourous adventures of an English housekeeper working for an American family, the hit series which ran a half a season longer than “The Brady Bunch” and a year and a half longer than “The Partridge Family,” “Mr Belvedere” was a popular 1980s sitcom based on the Gwen Davenport novel “Belvedere,” which in turn was thrice adapted to the big screen. Like its earlier novel and big-screen brethren, “Mr. Belvedere” featured British butler Lynn Belvedere, who takes a job as a live-in nanny for a typical American family and records their everyday experiences in his diary for future use in writing a novel.
In the 1985 small-screen version, the Owens family served as that “typical American family” and the source of fodder for Belvedere, who had previously worked as a gentry for Winston Churchill and had connections to British royalty.
Family patriarch George (played by sportscaster Bob Uecker) was, in an example of art imitating life, a sportswriter; the matriarch was Marsha, a law student. The couple, who had settled in suburban Pittsburgh, had three children: awkward teenager Kevin; precocious, easily-embarrassed Heather; and mischievous prankster Wesley.
You must register in advance for this webinar: https://bit.ly/2XkBqO8
After registering, patrons and fans will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Acclaimed actress ILENE GRAFF is a Grammy-nominated recording artist (for her CD BABY’S BROADWAY LULLABIES) who is best known as one of America’s favorite TV-moms for her role on the family comedy, MR. BELVEDERE. Her career started on Broadway where her work includes runs in PROMISES, PROMISES (pit singer; Fran Kubelik), the original production of GREASE (Sandy) and creating the role of Cleo in the Cy Coleman-Michael Stewart musical, I LOVE MY WIFE. Her extensive TV resumé, includes co-starring with Glenn Close in the Disney film of “South Pacific,” and recurring on the CW’s “Hart of Dixie,” now available on Netflix. Ilene has performed for Crystal Cruises, has sold out concerts at New York’s legendary Birdland, Hollywood’s Catalina Jazz Club, at New York’s Feinstein’s/54 Below, as well as Feinstein’s at Vitello’s with her ASCAP Award-winning composer husband, Ben Lanzarone.
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