Sunday, July 14, 2013

Debralee unbuttoned

Debralee Scott was one of those minor celebs who made some spare change on game shows back in the '70s and '80s. She played the world's easiest girl in most of her acting roles, and she played pretty much the same in our little genre.

She piled up a decent game show resume: Password Plus, Match Game (her steadiest gig in the genre), 25K Pyramid, the original Chain Reaction, and Hollywood Squares among others. She was never a particularly witty contributor, but she was an okay game-player and didn't embarrass herself. Well, she did have one signature moment of embarrassment on Password Plus. The braless Debralee (this was the '70s, folks) got a little too jiggly in the open, as the screenshot shows. She finally noticed the extra exposure and buttoned up. But the moment was deliciously typical of her general screen persona.

Her later life turned tragic, with the death of her boyfriend in the 9-11 terrorist attacks. She died all too young herself at age 52 in 2005. There are mutters around the web that alcohol abuse contributed to her death, but I haven't seen any real confirmation. Never a game show star or anything close, she still chipped in to some classic shows, with her blouse buttoned or not.

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