Suzanne Pleshette Dead

Arresting actress won America's heart as witty wife on 'Bob Newhart Show'

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 20, 2008 5:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Actress Suzanne Pleshette, best known for her role as a sardonic wife in the long-running hit TV series “The Bob Newhart Show,” died today at her home in Los Angeles, AP reports. She was 70, and had been treated for lung cancer. The arresting, intelligent actress  with the husky voice enjoyed a storied film career, from her beginnings in teen flicks like Fate is the Hunter to mature roles in films including Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

But it was her role as Bob Newhart’s wife, and the creative reprisal of that role at the end of the follow-up “Newhart” series that made her an American fixture. Pleshette remained down to earth throughout, noting in a 1999 interview that the enduring rewards of acting trumped the fleeting status of stardom: "I'm an actress, and that's why I'm still here," she said.

In a photo provided by TV Land,  actress Suzanne Pleshette speaks during a panel discussion as actor Bob Newhart  looks on at the TV Land 35th anniversary celebration of the Bob Newhart Show in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, TV Land)
In a photo provided by TV Land, actress Suzanne Pleshette speaks during a panel discussion as actor Bob Newhart looks on at the TV Land 35th anniversary celebration of the Bob Newhart Show in Beverly...   (Associated Press)
Suzanne Pleshette at the 2005 Geffen Playhouse Premiere of You Cant Take It With You.
Suzanne Pleshette at the 2005 Geffen Playhouse Premiere of "You Cant Take It With You."   (Getty Images)
Suzanne Pleshette speaks during a discussion for TV Land's 35th anniversary tribute to The Bob Newhart Show, in this Sept. 5, 2007 file photo, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Pleshette, star of films and Broadway plays who found her greatest fame portraying Bob Newhart's sardonic wife on television's long-running The Bob...
Suzanne Pleshette speaks during a discussion for TV Land's 35th anniversary tribute to "The Bob Newhart Show," in this Sept. 5, 2007 file photo, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Pleshette, star of films and Broadway...   (Associated Press)
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