Norman/Franklin was married to renowned UK film critic Barry Norman and had apparently been “seriously ill” for some while. She was 77 years old when she perished at her home in Hertfordshire, England.
* * *A fond farewell is due Charlie Callas as well. As The New York Times recalls in its obituary, the fast-talking comedian and actor with the “Cyrano-size nose ... appeared on virtually every television variety and talk show in the days of Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Merv Griffin, and Johnny Carson. He was a regular on The Andy Williams Show and The ABC Comedy Hour, a semi-regular on The Flip Wilson Show, and a co-host of The Joey Bishop Show.” Callas made further guest appearances on The Munsters, Hart to Hart, The Fall Guy, and L.A. Law, and in the 1972 pilot for NBC’s The Snoop Sisters.
But I remember Callas best for his regular role as “small-time thief" and restaurateur Malcolm Argos in Switch. That 1975-1978 CBS-TV series starred Robert Wagner and Eddie Albert as, respectively, a con man and an ex-bunco cop who brought criminals to justice using a combination of smarts and complicated schemes.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in December 1927, Callas died on Thursday in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 83.