Teresa Graves dead

by JWinSF 5 Replies latest jw friends

  • JWinSF

    Hi All,

    I just read in the 10/11/2002 edition of the San Francisco Examiner that Teresa Graves died in a fire at her home in LA. She was 54. For those too young to remember, she was a fabulous comedienne on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In TV show [that also featured Goldie Hawn, Ruth Buzzi, Lily Tomlin, Arte Johnson, and many other great talents]. She also did a few movies, the last in 1974. That's about the time that she gave it all up to become a JW.

    John W Wirtanen

  • Sentinel

    Yes, thanks. This news was posted yesterday.


  • JWinSF

    Thanx for mentioning it was already posted yesterday. I didn't notice it.

    John W Wirtanen

  • orangefatcat

    She also played in " Get Christie Love" a police woman. Its too bad she died in a fire.

  • nancee park
    nancee park

    What or who do the police belive caused the fire? Was she still a JW? About to speak out about the child molestation thing? In short, any details?

  • chester

    "Get Christie Love!" actress dies in house fire Fri Oct 11, 5:02 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Teresa Graves, who appeared on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" and starred as the sexy undercover cop on The 1970s TV series "Get Christie Love!", has died in a fire that erupted in her Los Angeles home, authorities said.

    Graves, 53, was found unconscious in a rear addition to the house where a faulty space heater sparked the blaze, and she was pronounced dead early Thursday at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in nearby Inglewood, according Los Angeles Fire Department officials.

    They said the home in the city's Hyde Park district was equipped with working smoke detectors, but Graves may not have heard them from the room she was in. Neighbors said Graves lived with her mother, who had suffered a stroke last year.

    Graves is perhaps best known for her title role as a sassy Los Angeles police detective in the ABC action drama "Get Christie Love," which aired from September 1974 to July 1975 and was one of the first prime-time series with a black woman in the lead. Other credits include a big-screen role as the Countess Vampira in the 1974 British horror spoof "Old Dracula," starring David Niven

    She also was a regular on NBC's "Laugh-In" from 1969 to 1970 and appeared in 1969's multimedia/variety flop "Turn-On," one of the biggest one-episode fiascos in television history.

    According to the Los Angeles Times, her final showbiz appearance was in a Bob Hope special in 1982.



    It is interesting that this news story says nothing about her family other than saying that she lived with her mother.

    Someone reported that she was married to an LA Bus driver. Does anyone know if she was still an active JW? She was certainly a high profile one back in the 70s.

    Edited by - chester on 12 October 2002 16:53:49

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