It really does feel like some of my childhood is slipping away. Granted I'm far from being a child (well in size anyway) but there is something profoundly sad about seeing hallmarks of your youth pass by.
Match Game (where I first became familiar with Somers) was a fast paced game show that featured host Gene Rayburn, Richard Dawson, Charles Nelson Reilly, and a hilarious line-up of current television talent. The show made great use of double and triple entendre that were not just risque, but terribly funny. It was great to watch a collection of celebrities relax, play the game for fun, not necessarily strategy, and just enjoy each others company.
It was Brett Somers who I always felt a little sorry for as the butt of jokes by Reilly or other members of the panel. But just as I was feeling bad for her, she'd say something just as biting, and all would laugh and move on to the next question.
I don't know that there are many shows like Match Game in our future. And I certainly know there are no Brett Somers in the wings. She was one of a kind. And while I will always remember her with her big glasses (to rival Reilly's it seemed) I wanted to post this photo of her because she really was beautiful. Both outside and in.
Goodbye Brett, you are already sorely missed.