Synopsis of TV Show
Garry Marshall may not be a familiar name to every television viewer, but it’s highly likely that most viewers have seen one of his creations at least once. He had massive success in the late 70’s with many of the sitcoms he developed, including Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and Mork and Mindy. The short-lived Blansky’s Beauties was one of his lesser-known creations.
Nancy Walker, who most viewers remember as Rhoda Morgenstern’s mother, starred as Nancy Blansky, manager and mother hen to a group of showgirls. The troupe consisted of Sunshine, Bambi, Arkansas, Hillary, Lovely, Jackie, Bridget, Misty, Cochise and Sylvia. Joey DeLuca was Nancy’s nephew and the choreographer to the girls, and little brother Anthony was always trying to make time with the beauties, despite the fact that he was only 12.
Arnold ran the coffee shop at the Oasis, the casino where the girls performed, and Horace ‘Stubs’ Wilmington managed the place. The show had several casting connections to other Garry Marshall shows: Eddie Mekka (Joey) played Carmine on Laverne and Shirley, Scott Baio (Anthony) played Chachi on Happy Days, and Pat Morita played the identically-named Arnold on Happy Days (both characters were restaurateurs, as well!).
Walker starred in this show immediately after her previous vehicle, The Nancy Walker Show, was cancelled in December of 1976. Blansky’s Beauties was canceled in June of 1977, thus gave her the unusual distinction of two canceled shows within one season. Even more strange is the fact that same thing happened with her co-star Morita: he had starred in Mr. T and Tina, a sitcom that was cancelled in late 1976 after one month on the air. Apparently, beauty isn't everything.
Release History of Prime Time Show2/12/77 - 6/27/77 ABC
TV Sub Categoriescomedy
TV CastNancy Blansky Nancy Walker
Bambi Benton .Caren Kaye
Ethel "Sunshine" Akalino Lynda Goodfriend
Emilio Johnny Desmond
Joey DeLuca Eddie Mekka
Anthony DeLuca Scott Baio
Horace "Stubbs" Wilmington George Pentecost
Hillary S. Prentiss Taaffe O'Connell
Arkansas Rhonda Bates
Lovely Carson Bond Gideon
Jackie Outlaw Gerri Reddick
Gladys "Cochise" Littlefeather Shirley Kirkes
Sylvia Silver Antoinette Yuskis
Misty Karamazov Jill Owens
Bridget Muldoon Elaine Bolton
Arnold Pat Morita