Actress Suzanne Pleshette, Jan. 19 Suzanne Pleshette, the dark-haired, smoky-voiced actress who played Bob Newhart's confident and sexy wife, Emily Hartley, for six years on the popular 1970s sitcom The Bob Newhart Show, died on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008, at her Los Angeles home. She was 70. A stage-trained New York actress who made her movie debut in the 1958 Jerry Lewis comedy The Geisha Boy, Pleshette appeared in such films as The Birds, Nevada Smith, Youngblood Hawke, A Rage to Live, and Fate Is the Hunter. She also appeared with Troy Donahue, to whom she was married for eight months in 1964, in the 1962 romantic drama Rome Adventure and the 1964 western A Distant Trumpet. On TV in 1991, she earned an Emmy Award nomination for the title role in the TV movie Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean. Pleshette, however, is best remembered for playing what New York Times critic Frank Rich once described as "the sensible yet woolly wife" on The Bob Newhart Show, which ran from 1972 to 1978. Her role as Emily earned her two Emmy nominations. Her husband, comic actor Tom Poston, died in April 2007 at age 85.
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