October 8, 1948 |
Richmond, Indiana, U.S.
|Occupation||Talk show host
Game show host
She was co-host of The Better Sex (1977–1978), Real People (1979–1984), America (1985–1986), and The Home Show (1992–1994), and made guest appearances on several TV dramas. She also co-starred in the 1981 film Terror Among Us with Tracy Reed. She has appeared in a number of infomercials for health foods, appliances and skin care products.
From 1975 to 1978, she co-hosted A.M. Los Angeles on KABC-TV with Regis Philbin. Purcell was a panelist on the TV game show 'Match Game' in 1978. In the early 1990s, Purcell was also a panelist on the NBC game show, To Tell the Truth.
During a 1993 segment of The Home Show about influenza vaccines, a physician mistakenly gave Purcell an injection with the same needle that had been used on co-host Gary Collins. At the end of the show, Collins announced that he would undergo blood tests to allay any concerns, which subsequently were revealed to be negative. 
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