There was no bickering between Bob and Emily, no nagging, mocking or bossing around. Emily could be sardonic, and with that deep voice and steady gaze, no one did sarcasm better than Pleshette. But mostly she had a way of looking at Bob, or saying 'Bob,' that let him know she was either pleased or displeased, and he wisely snapped to.--Robert Bianco, USA Today
I was sad to hear that actress Suzanne Pleshette died Saturday at the age of 70. No matter what she did in her later career, I will always think of her as Emily on the 70's version of the Bob Newhart show.
The husky-voiced actress was suffering from lung cancer.
As Robert Biano writes in USA Today: "Few sitcom marriages have been as much of an equal partnership, he a psychologist, she an even smarter teacher. None was more fun."
She went on to do a lot of other roles, but the passing of Suzanne Pleshette makes me nostalgic for that 70s version of the Bob Newhart Show, and for TV sitcoms that relied on terrific acting and writing instead of relentlessly dwelling on sex.