Jo Ann Pflug
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|Jo Ann Pflug|
Jo Ann Pflug in Laugh In, 1972
May 2, 1940 |
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
(m. 1972-1980; divorced)
Pflug's first major role was as U.S. Army nurse Lt. Maria "Dish" Schneider in 1970's MASH, and she also appeared in Catlow (1971) with Yul Brynner, and Where Does It Hurt? (1972) starring Peter Sellers. Other notable roles include the voice of Invisible Girl in the 1967 animated version of Fantastic Four, Lt. Katherine O'Hara in the television series spin-off of Operation Petticoat, Boss Jack's wife in Traveller (1997), and Cynthia Vaughn in 1997's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, directed by Clint Eastwood (her last role to date).
Pflug was the co-star of the made for television movie, The Night Strangler in 1973, which was a sequel to The Night Stalker of 1972, and a precursor of the TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker of 1974-1975. She also starred in the TV werewolf movie Scream of the Wolf (1974) alongside Peter Graves and Clint Walker. Pflug was also a frequent panelist on the television game shows Match Game from 1973–1981, a co-host with Allen Funt on the 1970s version of Candid Camera, and a regular on the TV series The Fall Guy in 1981-1982. In 1984, she was the first actress to play Taylor Chapin on the unsuccessful syndicated soap opera Rituals. According to Soap Opera Digest, Pflug's highly publicized departure from the burgeoning drama was because her role called for sex-related scenes involving characters not married to each other, which conflicted with her Christian beliefs.
Pflug graduated from Winter Park High School, Rollins College, and the University of Miami, receiving her BA in Broadcasting and her minor in American History. She had a weekly radio show called The Magic Carpet where she was the story teller, along with hosting for four years a weekly live interview talk show called Montage. Pflug was the only woman out of five seniors cited in the University of Miami's year book for her outstanding work in broadcasting Her background of interviewing led her to be the first woman to have a live weekly TV talk show in the late 1960s in Los Angeles on KHJ-TV (channel 9). Billboards in Los Angeles showed her winking, with the caption "My name is Joann Pflug, but you can call me 'Pfluggie'."
Her father, J. Lynn Pflug, was elected mayor of Winter Park the year that she graduated from high school. Today, Ms Pflug is writing a book of amusing anecdotes of the fabulous and famous people she was privileged to meet and work with during her career. She had a weekly radio show in which she interviewed celebrities ("The Jo Ann Pflug Show"). When asked once whether Pflug was her real name, she replied: "Pflug is a name you change from, not to."
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