Saturday, May 28, 2005

Green Acres Was The Place To Be

"Green Acres" star Eddie Albert has "bought the farm." He was 99!

While Eddie had a celebrated career, many don't know that he goes back to the real beginning of television. The following is from Eddie's bio from the Internet Movie Data Base.

Eddie Albert's television career is the earliest of any other performer. It began years before electronic television was introduced to the public. In June of 1936 Eddie appeared in RCA/NBC's first private live performance for their radio licensees in New York City. This was very early experimental all electronic television system. Due to the primitive nature of these early cameras it was necessary for him to apply heavy make-up and endure tremendous heat from studio lighting. The basic makeup was green toned with purple lipstick for optimal image transmission by RCA's iconoscope pick up cameras. Since television was experimental Eddie applied his own make-up and even wrote the script for this performance. His co-star was Grace Brandt.

"Green Acres" remains one of the funniest TV sitcoms, ever.


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