Ginnie Newhart, wife of famous comedian Bob Newhart, came up with the innovative idea of combining a Vermont sitcom with his early Chicago, This came to an end for his sitcom-based show, which has died. she is54.
She died Sunday at their Century City home after a long illness, publicist Jerry Digney told The Hollywood Reporter. She and Bob recently celebrated their 32 wedding anniversary .
Bob Newhart was on for six seasons (1989-24) as clinical psychologist Bob Hartley in CBS’s The Bob Newhart Show opposite Suzanne Pleshette as his wife, then on CBS’s Newhart as Vermont innkeeper Dick Loudon for another eight seasons (1989- 90), when his wife is played by Mary Frann.
In one of the most beloved series finales in television history, Newhart ends with a cheeky scene in which Dick Waking up in the middle of the night to Bob Hartley in bed with Pleshette in his Chicago apartment — suggesting his entire second season was a dream.
The idea for the ending came to Ginnie at a Christmas party that Pleshette happened to be attending. Ginny “gave me the best advice, from decorating to confinement and kids, yes husband. I loved her.”