Rowe as Maid Marian in When Things Were Rotten, 1975.
|Born||Mistella Rose Thornton
June 1, 1952
Glendora, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||James DePaiva (1986–1995), J.D. Ligier (2001–2013)|
Mistella "Misty" Rowe (born Misty Rose Thornton on June 1, 1952) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying the perky lisping blonde on the American television series Hee Haw for 19 years, often appearing as Junior Samples' assistant during used car comedy segments. Rowe and other "honeys" on the series were notable for performing in cleavage inducing halter tops, "Daisy Duke" shorts, and country-style minidresses. Rowe starred in the 1978 Hee Haw spin-off Hee Haw Honeys, cast with then-newcomer Kathie Lee Gifford (then known as Kathie Lee Johnson) as the singing daughters of Country music nightclub owners portrayed by Lulu Roman and Kenny Price. Rowe later appeared in a national road show version of the series entitled Hee Haw Honey Reunion.
On television, Rowe portrayed the carhop Wendy in early episodes of the sitcom Happy Days, and Maid Marian in the Mel Brooks-produced When Things Were Rotten (1975). Rowe's 1980s television appearances include several episodes of Fantasy Island and The Love Boat, and portraying a Country music singer on Airwolf. In films, Rowe has twice portrayed Marilyn Monroe, in Goodbye, Norma Jean (1976) and Goodnight, Sweet Marilyn (1989). Her other film credits include The Hitchhikers (1972), Loose Shoes (1980), The Man with Bogart's Face (1980), National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982), Meatballs Part II (1984), and the television movie SST: Death Flight (1977).
Rowe's stage credits include children's theater (Misty's Magic Moo Town), appearing as Patsy Cline in the off-Broadway musical Always...Patsy Cline, and the Atlantic City production Misty Christmas, Finally a Fruitcake You'll Like! In 2010, Rowe appeared in the self-written off-Broadway musical Fandance: The Legend of Sally Rand.
Austin, Texas rock band Young Heart Attack wrote a song called "Misty Rowe". In a 2004 interview, songwriter Steven Hall said about the song: "I was obsessed with this actress [Rowe] who was on Hee Haw and Happy Days. She was really sexy and Misty Rowe was the first woman on television who made me feel different."
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