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    'WKRP's' 'Mama Carlson' Passes Away at 87

    Actress Carol Bruce, played Mama Carlson on 'WKRP,' dies at 87


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    Actress Carol Bruce, perhaps best known for her role as Mama Carlson on television's "WKRP in Cincinnati," has died. She was 87.

    Bruce died Oct. 9 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in suburban Woodland Hills, spokeswoman Jaime Larkin said in a statement.

    Bruce began her entertainment career as a Montreal nightclub singer and went on to captivate Broadway audiences with her sultry voice in the 1940 musical comedy "Louisiana Purchase."

    She appeared in the films "This Woman Is Mine," "Keep 'em Flying" and "Behind the Eight Ball" between 1941 and 1942, then returned to the stage, where she was praised for her Broadway performances in the 1946 revival of "Showboat."

    She was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway show "Do I Hear a Waltz?" in 1965.

    In 1979, she took over the role that Sylvia Sidney had originated on "WKRP in Cincinnati" a year earlier as Mama Carlson, the tough-talking owner of a radio station managed by her son Arthur, played by Gordon Jump. Bruce kept the recurring role until the series ended in 1982.

    Her other TV credits included "Doogie Howser, M.D.," "The Golden Girls," "The Twilight Zone," "Diff'rent Strokes," "Party of Five" and "Knots Landing."

    Bruce is survived by her sister Marilyn Berk; daughter Julie Nathanson-Coryell; and grandsons and great-grandsons. A memorial service was being planned.
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    BOOOOOGGGGEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!


    RIP Mama Carlson.
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    Now that there is a photo from when Hollywood was Hollywood. Glamorous, larger than life. You don't see stock photos like that anymore....really is too bad.
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    another one I thought was already gone! Rest in peace, mama.

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    Yeah same here. She must've been a tough ol bird. Sad to hear of her passing.

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    Used to love her & her butler on that show.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hecubus View Post
    Used to love her & her butler on that show.....


    HIRSCH!!!!!!

    "Coming, your excellency..."
    WKRP is my all time favorite show. Hirsch was great with Mama Carlson. The best was when Dr. Johnny Fever stopped by and Hirsch called Mrs. Carlson and said "Madame, your physician is here!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetguy5150 View Post
    ...Hirsch was great with Mama Carlson. The best was when Dr. Johnny Fever stopped by and Hirsch called Mrs. Carlson and said "Madame, your physician is here!"
    http://tvsothertenpercent.tripod.com/wkrp/index.html
    From Season 4 "Up And Down The Dial"

    Hirsch, as the door rings: I'll get it. No need for you to be disturbed! (Going to the door) No, no, madame does not believe in handouts.
    Johnny: No, just tell her Johnny Fever stopped by for a little chat.
    Hirsch: Johnny Fever! You're the DJ who's caused her so much discomfort over the years. Please, make yourself comfortable!

    Hirsch: Madame, your physician is here!

    Johnny: This is so deeply warped even I get it! KRP is not supposed to make money! That's the deal! We're set up to lose, but we didn't. And that's why you're changing the format. So you can lose money for two more years!
    Momma: Good night.
    Johnny: You are telling your own son that you want him to be the general manager of the number one station in the market, and you'd be happier if it was sixteenth. How do you think he'd feel if he knew?
    Hirsh, suddenly appearing: A very interesting turn, don't you think?

    Momma: Arthur, I want to you keep KRP just the way it is.
    Mr Carlson, confused: Number six?
    Momma: No! The format!
    Mr Carlson: Oh! What about the American way?
    Johnny: Wait a minute Ace. I think your mother is saying that she believes in you. Am I right, Miz Carlson?
    Momma, with difficulty: Right.
    Johnny: A mother's love. Boy, I'll tell you... It's deeply moving to see something like this.

    Andy, very very drunk: Mrs Carlson? I'm tired of your crud. I've got four things that I want to say to you. Number two... (he falls over)
    Mr Carlson: You know Mummy, I don't think that we've had a chance to get together like this before.


    This was the final episode of WKRP In Cincinnati.
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    Momma: Where have you been?
    Hirsch: Mardi Gras, Madame. May I pour?
    Momma: Yes. Have you a shovel?
    Hirsch: Oh Madame, always the card. Sugar?
    Momma: Hirsch, you've been with me 42 years. Have I ever taken sugar?
    Hirsch: Then cream?
    Momma: I take it black.
    Hirsch: I'll make a note of that.



    R.I.P. Momma Carlson

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    Sad to hear this. Her TV son Gordon Jump passed away a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve mcqueen View Post
    Momma: Where have you been?
    Hirsch: Mardi Gras, Madame. May I pour?
    Momma: Yes. Have you a shovel?
    Hirsch: Oh Madame, always the card. Sugar?
    Momma: Hirsch, you've been with me 42 years. Have I ever taken sugar?
    Hirsch: Then cream?
    Momma: I take it black.
    Hirsch: I'll make a note of that.



    R.I.P. Momma Carlson
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