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Remember the Motown Medley scene in “Gimme a Break”?

Nell’s home for her sister’s wedding in. Alabama.

Nell Carter, Tea Hopkins, and Lynne Thigpen do their thing.

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by Anonymousreply 31June 12, 2024 1:47 AM

Sorry, TELMA Hopkins.

by Anonymousreply 1June 8, 2024 6:26 PM

LOVE this! Too bad they didn’t make Lynne Thigpen a permanent (or recurring) part of the cast.

by Anonymousreply 2June 8, 2024 7:07 PM

Lynn Thigpen was so talented. I was lucky enough to see her in "Tintypes" on Broadway, where she brought the house down at the end of Act I by singing Bert Williams's great old song "Nobody."

by Anonymousreply 3June 8, 2024 7:11 PM

Thigpen was great in “Godspell” when she sings “O Bless the lord My Soyl.”

by Anonymousreply 4June 8, 2024 7:45 PM

These three women had so much talent between them. And by this point in the series, the show was less and less about the girls.

by Anonymousreply 5June 8, 2024 7:47 PM

I just saw Thelma when she and Joyce came out on stage to sing "tie a yellow ribbon" with Tony Orlando. I'd link it but I don't have a clue where I saw it, some reel somewhere. He looked ...unfortunate. the girls looked terrific

by Anonymousreply 6June 8, 2024 7:55 PM

Found it

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by Anonymousreply 7June 8, 2024 8:03 PM

Awwww, R6! Tony Orlando and Dawn makes me think of my mom.

by Anonymousreply 8June 8, 2024 8:03 PM

I have a weird distant connection to Gimme a Break. My stepsister was a writer on the show. I didn’t grow up with her; her father and my mother married when I was 18 and she was a few years older.

by Anonymousreply 9June 8, 2024 8:47 PM

Try this link instead

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by Anonymousreply 10June 8, 2024 9:31 PM

Hopkins looks good.

by Anonymousreply 11June 9, 2024 12:36 AM

My mother (referenced in R8) always swore that Tony Orlando never got over Freddie Prinze’s death.

by Anonymousreply 12June 9, 2024 12:55 AM

I was lucky to see Thigpen in college theater. A star even then.

by Anonymousreply 13June 9, 2024 2:19 AM

Not because she was black but hated that Nell Carter-thought she was Hattie McDaniel.

by Anonymousreply 14June 9, 2024 4:49 AM

I love this.

by Anonymousreply 15June 9, 2024 10:00 AM

Dollface thread 🪆 🧵

by Anonymousreply 16June 9, 2024 10:48 AM

If this was made today this thread would be full of Freepers whining about DEI and wokeness.

by Anonymousreply 17June 9, 2024 11:00 AM

Well, Carter had a lot of talent and was offered a sitcom after her huge success in “Ain’t Misbehavin’”. And the part they wrote for her was basically a modern-day mammy; it’s not surprising that that the show started digressing from that after a couple seasons and became “Nell and Addy.”

by Anonymousreply 18June 9, 2024 11:00 AM

Nell Carter, no matter how big she was, always moved like a hot skinny chick.

So talented, a closeted lesbian and a wild cocaine enthusiast.

There's your trifecta.

by Anonymousreply 19June 9, 2024 12:16 PM

R12- He always seemed like a big QUEEN 👸 to me.

by Anonymousreply 20June 9, 2024 12:21 PM

Great show ! Sorry Nell Carter had such a difficult life . Great comedic actress with a great voice .

by Anonymousreply 21June 9, 2024 2:32 PM

[quote]Too bad they didn’t make Lynne Thigpen a permanent (or recurring) part of the cast.

I don't know how many times one has to appear as the same character to be considered "recurring," but I think she made at least 3 appearances as Nell's sister over the course of the series, so I assume that may have been enough to categorize her as a recurring member of the cast.

by Anonymousreply 22June 9, 2024 6:12 PM

Though I loved this scene in which Nell sang "Amazing Grace" at her father's funeral, the fact they interrupted it for a sappy insert with Carl and Samantha was ridiculous in my opinion. That shit could've waited until after the song was over.

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by Anonymousreply 23June 9, 2024 6:19 PM

I will never forget Telma Hopkins being flipped onto a couch by Nell in the opening credits.

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by Anonymousreply 24June 9, 2024 7:27 PM

Nell verbally and physically abused the entire cast onscreen

by Anonymousreply 25June 9, 2024 9:19 PM

[quote] I think she made at least 3 appearances as Nell's sister over the course of the series, so I assume that may have been enough to categorize her as a recurring member of the cast.

It's not.

by Anonymousreply 26June 9, 2024 9:22 PM

Not all of these were Motown songs.

by Anonymousreply 27June 9, 2024 9:29 PM

I think I"d rather have seen Nell Carter as Mama Rose in Gypsy over Audra McD.

It's a shame she didn't do more live theatre. I saw her in Ain't Misbahavin'..... she was the real deal onstage.

You can see it in this clip.

by Anonymousreply 28June 11, 2024 1:58 AM

R23 Is that the episode when Sam was pissed at Nell and got Joey to do blackface? That shit trips me out.

I don't remember "Gimme A Break" when it aired and I barely remember "227" and "Amen," but I STILL watch them ANY chance I get.

by Anonymousreply 29June 11, 2024 11:56 AM

Love Nell she was such a talent!

by Anonymousreply 30June 11, 2024 9:53 PM

I really like the episode with the earthquake - Nell’s trapped in the library basement.

by Anonymousreply 31June 12, 2024 1:47 AM
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