Loni Anderson on'Hollywood Museum Squares,' trying on Marilyn Monroe's dress: It'gave me chills'

Loni Anderson is appreciating a burst from the past.

Loni Anderson on'Hollywood Museum Squares,' trying on Marilyn Monroe's dress: It'gave me chills'

Loni Anderson is appreciating a burst from the past.

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15 May 2021 Saturday 14:23
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Loni Anderson on'Hollywood Museum Squares,' trying on Marilyn Monroe's dress: It'gave me chills'

The celebrity is teaming up with several stars for "The Hollywood Museum Squares," where fans of this beloved game show can see new videos on demand.

Some of the many celebrities participating in this special include Anderson, in Addition to Gilbert Gottfried, Donna Mills, Jerry Mathers, Alison Arngrim and Rich Little -- just to name a few.

She's now hoping the special occasion will encourage the chance of a reboot to the beloved game show.

Anderson spoke to Fox News about reuniting with a number of her pals virtually, her favorite participants from over the years and the way she was able to wear Marilyn Monroe's original dress.

How does this feel to participate in a special project like"The Hollywood Museum Squares"?
Loni Anderson: I believed it was a superb idea. Just having the ability to see and speak with one another felt fantastic. And I really do hope they bring back"Hollywood Squares" in itself since it is such a fantastic game show.

And this is such a fantastic cause. The Hollywood Museum is so wonderful at maintaining Hollywood history. Additionally, it has maintained everyone employed throughout the pandemic which is excellent in itself. So I really wanted to encourage and this is a fun way to do this.

You did the original"Hollywood Squares" back in 1978, is that correct?
"WKRP" first went on the air in the fall of the year. I did my first show, I believe, in August. And that I was just scared. I worked a lot as an actress, but to be yourself in front of those smart men and women? I just felt like, my gosh, I'm going to screw this up. I will be absurd. I'm not likely to be as smart or as clever as anyone else. However, Peter [Marshall] couldn't have been wonderful and encouraging. Along with also the other celebrities were just so nice, also. It was a wonderful atmosphere.

Who were some of those other people that participated at the time?
Anderson: Paul Lynde has been the centre square, of course. I was always fascinated by Charo because she is so bright and hot. And I thought I looked like a Sunday school teacher *laughs*. Along with the standup men were always the best. They were so clever.

Dom DeLuise became such a close friend and it's so touching to have those memories of him. And Paul Lynde, I would laugh so hard that I cried. He was just so outrageous. You will find so many wonderful outtakes. Here I was, that the small Minnesota Sunday school teacher, being shocked and giggling until I couldn't breathe. I would think,"Oh I wish I could say something like that and get away with it" I am convinced there is a collection of outtakes and bloopers out there.


What do you believe is missing from today's match shows or what would you like to see more of?

Anderson: I think there are wonderful game shows out there. I really do think there is not so much in regards to cleverness. I'm not really into those physiological game displays. I love a series just like "Jeopardy!" where you're able to use your humor and knowledge. I guess that's more my style. However, I know there are lots of people who prefer the more physical shows. I understand I can't do any of the physical stuff *laughs.

I come from an era of tv where there were only 3 networks. We were all a little family. So I really do miss that comradery where everyone knows everybody and we worked together. As soon as I started out, you're pretty much ensured that a third of the populace of the United States was watching you. So you simply knew everyone. Now it is so different, especially with all the streaming platforms out there. I would love to see more of that.

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