As I noted a while back, I just love, love watching old videos of the secret guests on What's My Line? It's from such a different era that they would regularly get such remarkable famous people who, today, you would never, ever get anywhere near a game show. But then, being on television was such a novelty that I guess that helped draw them. I've wasted...er, used up so many hours watching these. And from time to time, I like posting some of my favorites.
This one may be their best celebrity guest of all, to appear on a game show -- albeit an adult, erudite one. It's Eleanor Roosevelt. She doesn't do a whole lot -- her voice is too familiar, and she's not actress enough to carry off a fake one at length. But it's Eleanor freaking Roosevelt, and just seeing her there is enough for me. Besides, later on, she does participate more.
My favorite moment may be at the very end when she goes to greet the panelists -- and you can see that she brought her purse with her!
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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