Here I'll include some of the juicier stuff I hear.
Although ruled a suicide by L.A. Coroner Thomas Naguchi, there has been a significant amount of conjecture regarding
Ms. Carlyle’s manner of death, largely centering around her alleged sexual relationship with a cabinet-member in the
Johnson AdministrationAlthough Hurrell credited a number of staff writers, he wrote
or extensively rewrote virtually every script and served as the series director (highly unusual today, unheard of in the 1960’s).
Reverend Donald Wildmon, founder of television watchdog group, the American Family Association, credits HONEY
VICARRO with igniting his lifelong “mission” to clean up television.
When they married in 1960, Struthers
was 64 years old, Carlyle, barely 20. Truly a May-December romance.
Just prior to her untimely death, Carlyle
was, in fact, cast as the original Neely in the hit, Jacqueline Susann's VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, a role
ultimately played (or, as some critics would say, botched) by Patty Duke. Given her prior work and established range, there
is no doubt that Neely would have been the role that would catapult her to stardom