Saturday, September 06, 2008

Don't buy a mattress without checking with Shelley Long first

When Shelley Long was a struggling actress in Chicago she got a job being the spokesperson for Homemaker's Furniture. And here's the neat thing. Even when she became a big star on CHEERS she still went back and did their local spots. That loyalty and kindness is who Shelley is... along with being amazingly talented.

Here are a couple of those commercials.



This one I think was a few years later.



Oh, she's also a wonderful friend.

14 comments:

Mobutu said...

You're right; it's aa sweet gesture on her part that speaks to her loyalty and how far she's willing to go for other people.

On the other hand, reading the blog entry's title without reading the entry's content gives one an entirely different image of how far she's willing to go with other people.

xjill said...

That's pretty classy. And she does a great job!

Anonymous said...

It would have been great if, as she walked down the aisle, Ted Danson was lying in one of the beds.

Impressive loyalty though, I don't think many stars would have done it.

charlotte said...

Nice.

And she kicked ass as Carol Brady in the the Brady Bunch movies! They wouldn't have worked at all without her.

Larry said...

She was just as kind and classy in 1986 when asked for her autograph by the front desk clerk at the Riviera Country Club. See, I was that clerk.

Cliff said...

See, now I've heard the exact opposite about Long. I've heard she's a pain-in-the-ass to work with (I remember that was the rap on her when she was on Cheers and tat nobody liked her), that she thought TV was beneath her, and that she was "difficult," which cost her jobs, etc. I guess everybody has their perspective, depending on which side of the bar they sit at.

Vermonter17032 said...

I'm glad to hear that Shelley is a wonderful person, as well as a great actress. I'd heard or read or something that she was difficult to work with on the set of Cheers, but I've also seen Ted Danson talking about Shelley with great respect. He attributes the success of Cheers to her talents.

Cheers was never the same without her... though still quite entertaining.

Rinaldo said...

Ha! My father directed those commercials! I'm pleased to see that they've been preserved somehow. He was always happy to work with her during her years as a Chicago actress, and was delighted to see her break through on Cheers, feeling that "one of his people" had made it nationally.

Paul Duca said...

Being Chicago in the 70's, it's likely Shelley sold the mattresses that got quite the workout by the folks on SWINGTOWN.

Around my neck of the woods (Boston/Providence) the furniture store owners have been doing their own spots for decades, becoming local pop culture icons.
Brothers Barry and Elliot are the gold standard (although Barry has been going it alone since Elliot left the business and moved to Florida to become a movie producer, He can afford to...they made a fortune when Warren Buffet and his Berkshire Hathaway combine bought controlling interest in the company).

Next come the husband and wife team of Bernie and Phyl (who are stepping away and letting their sons become the public face of the enterprise).

Then, there are the trio of brothers, Nick, Ron and Pete, who go by the collective name of "Ni-Ro-Pe" (after decades in the Providence area, they have opened their first Boston store. Their ads are the wildest of them all--they've even turned themselves into characters right out of SOUTH PARK).

Finally, there is Bob (who portrays himself as the pugnacious underdog battling the big boys).

Max Clarke said...

Interesting to see she isn't Diane Chambers at all in those commercials, that's why they call it acting. Ted Danson was similar. You watch him in Body Heat as the assistant District Attorney Lowenstein, and he has nothing in common with Sam Malone.

charliemingles said...

Ken,I'm sure you must get this all the time, but I was a really big fan of Frasier.

I had my own sitcom on BBC Radio 4 a few years ago and used to watch Frasier to get inspired - also to unwind at 4am once I'd finished writing.

It is, as you well know sir, writing comedy is a very mad but very addictive and enjoyable way to spend your life.

VP81955 said...

I know Shelley had some personal problems a few years ago; I hope she's overcome them -- and I hope she continues to get plenty of work as she eases into character actress status.

Mobutu said...
You're right; it's aa sweet gesture on her part that speaks to her loyalty and how far she's willing to go for other people.

On the other hand, reading the blog entry's title without reading the entry's content gives one an entirely different image of how far she's willing to go with other people.

Last I heard, she's still married, so as far as I'm concerned, the lady's off limits.

jbryant said...

I used to see those commercials all the time, probably on WGN via cable, when I worked in a music store that also sold TVs.

Anyone remember Becky, Queen of Carpets and Wanda, Princess of Tile? I think they were out of St. Louis.

LongChevroletTimmy said...

I seem to recall she did a commercial for Piper's, maybe a carpet emporium???

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