Saturday, May 29, 2010

Diff'rent Strokes Co-Star Recalls Gary Coleman was "A Joy to Work With"

If you're a Diff'rent Strokes fan, you'll remember actress Mary Jo Catlett as Drummond houseekeeper Pearl Gallagher. This morning, Catlett sent Just My Show the following thoughts about Gary Coleman:

"If his stature were measured in talent, he would have been the tallest man in the world. He gave so much happiness to his fans and was a joy to work with. When I was first starting on "Diff'rent Strokes" they had been doing the show for four years and each of them knew their roles backwards and forwards so I was nervous. Gary saw this and came over to me and said 'don't worry, that's the good thing about television, we can do it over.' And he was funny, about three weeks ago he did an interview and was asked 'Do you think there's a curse connected with the cast of Diff'rent Strokes?' He said 'No, unless Mary Jo Catlett goes to jail for a drug overdose'. Now that's funny, and I was glad he had me on his mind, a very fine mind it was."


Anonymous said...

What a treat to read this. If only Gary's family life could have matched that of his TV life. A wonderful person, whose adulthood was cursed with paronoia and loneliness. He never-the-less faught on.

Lovely to hear from one who knew him so well, if only for a short period in his life.

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