Jo Ann Pflug

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Jo Ann Pflug
Jo Ann Pflug Laugh In 1972.jpg
Pflug in Laugh-In in 1972
Born (1940-05-02) May 2, 1940 (age 79)
Years active1966–1997
Known forMatch Game
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Spouse(s)Chuck Woolery
(m. 1972–1980; divorced)

Jo Ann Pflug (born May 2, 1940) is an American film and television actress.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Jo Ann Pflug was the daughter of J. Lynn Pflug. She was raised in Winter Park, Florida, where her father was elected as mayor in 1958,[2] and 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 storyteller, and for four years hosted a weekly live interview talk show called Montage. 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).[3]


Pflug's first major role was as U.S. Army nurse Lt. Maria "Dish" Schneider in the 1970 film MASH.[4] Also in 1970, she starred in an episode of Marcus Welby, M.D. entitled "To Carry the Sun in a Golden Cup", where she played an ailing nurse.

She also appeared in Catlow (1971) with Yul Brynner, and Where Does It Hurt? (1972) starring Peter Sellers. Her 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 (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 (1974–75). She starred in the TV werewolf movie Scream of the Wolf (1974) alongside Peter Graves and Clint Walker.

Pflug was a frequent panelist on the television game show Match Game from 1973–1981,[5] a co-host with Allen Funt on the 1970s version of Candid Camera, and a regular in the TV series The Fall Guy (1981–1982).

In 1984, she was the first actress to play Taylor Chapin in the syndicated soap opera Rituals. She landed guest appearances in The Love Boat, The Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, Love, American Style, Adam-12, Quincy, M.E., Alias Smith and Jones and Charlie's Angels.

After returning to Florida during the 1980s, she continued to work periodically in film and television while also developing and presenting training sessions on etiquette for children and business professionals.

A resident of Tequesta, Florida, in 2011, she interviewed Pat Boone, Shirley MacLaine and other celebrities for The Jo Ann Pflug Show on Seaview Radio.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Pflug married Chuck Woolery in 1972. Their ceremony was held in the Knowles Memorial Chapel at Rollins College in Orlando.[7] They had a daughter, Melissa. The couple divorced in 1980.[8][9]


Year Title Role Notes
1966 Cyborg 2087 Woman in Control Booth
1970 MASH Lt. 'Dish'
1971 Catlow Christina
1972 Where Does It Hurt? Alice Gilligan
1981–82 The Fall Guy Samantha "Big Jack" Jack
1997 Traveller Boss Jack's Wife
1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Cynthia Vaughn (final film role)


  1. ^ Howell, Peter. "Altman documentary shows maverick vision was defiantly his own: review" (Pflug shown in photograph with director Robert Altman). Toronto, Canada: The Star, September 18, 2014.
  2. ^ Jo Ann Pflug, in "Winter Park High School Yearbook Collection". Winter Park, Florida: Winter Park High School, retrieved online August 29, 2018.
  3. ^ Streeter, Leslie Gray (July 5, 2011). "Jo Ann Pflug still knows how to 'dish'". The Palm Beach Post.
  4. ^ Devine, J. P. "MIFF: M*A*S*H* Is Hilarious, Evocative: The Robert Altman movie, based on a Waterville doctor's novel, is darker, funnier and truer than the TV series". Augusta, Maine: Kennebec Journal, July 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "Match Game (1973)". Los Angeles, California: TV Series Finale, retrieved August 29, 2018.
  6. ^ Streeter, Leslie Gray (July 5, 2011). "Jo Ann Pflug still knows how to 'dish'". The Palm Beach Post.
  7. ^ "Actress Gets Kiss" (photo with caption). Fort Myers, Florida: News-Press, December 23, 1972, p. 12.
  8. ^ Streeter, Leslie Gray (July 5, 2011). "Jo Ann Pflug still knows how to 'dish'". The Palm Beach Post.
  9. ^ "A Love Connection for Chuck Woolery". People. July 20, 2006. Retrieved January 29, 2018.

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