Loni Anderson on ‘Hollywood Museum Squares,’ trying on Marilyn Monroe’s dress: It ‘gave me chills’

The actress is teaming up with several stars for The Hollywood Museum Squares,” where fans of the beloved game show can watch new videos on demand. Each show features a special greeting from legendary Hollywood Squares 주최자 Peter Marshall and is hosted by Tom Bergeron, John Davidson, Marc Summers, Patt Finn and Bruce Vilanch.

Some of the many celebrities participating in this special include Anderson, as well as Gilbert Gottfried, Donna Mills, Jerry Mathers, Alison ArngrimRich Little – just to name a few. Proceeds will benefit 할리우드 박물관, which has kept workers employed during the 코로나 바이러스 감염병 세계적 유행.

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The actress previously made her mark inHollywood Squaresbefore her rise to stardom with WKRP in Cincinnati. She’s now hoping the special event will encourage the possibility of a reboot for the beloved game show.

Anderson spoke to Fox News about reuniting with some of her pals virtually, her favorite participants from over the years and how she managed to wear Marilyn Monroe’s original dress.

폭스 뉴스: How does it feel to participate in a special project likeThe Hollywood Museum Squares”?
로니 앤더슨: I thought it was a wonderful idea. Just being able to see and talk with one another felt fantastic. And I really do hope they bring backHollywood Squaresin itself because it’s such a great game show.

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Loni Anderson is no stranger to game shows. Here she is with host Richard Dawson and 'The Love Boat' star Fred Grandy in 'Family Feud,' circa 1979.

Loni Anderson is no stranger to game shows. Here she is with host Richard Dawson and ‘The Love Boatstar Fred Grandy in ‘Family Feud,’ ...경 1979. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

And this is such a great cause. The Hollywood Museum is so wonderful at preserving Hollywood history. It has also kept everyone employed during the pandemic which is fantastic in itself. So I really wanted to support and this is a fun way to do that.

폭스 뉴스: You did the originalHollywood Squares” 다시 1978, is that correct?
앤더슨: Oh yes, way back in 1978. “WKRP” first went on the air in the fall of that year. I did my first show, 나는 생각한다, 8 월. And I was just terrified. I worked a lot as an actress, but to be yourself in front of all those clever people? I just felt like, my gosh, I’m going to screw this up. I’m going to be ridiculous. I’m not going to be as bright or as clever as anybody else. I was just so scared. But Peter [마샬] couldn’t have been more wonderful and encouraging. And the other stars were just so nice, 너무. It was a wonderful atmosphere.

폭스 뉴스: Who were some of the other folks that participated at the time?
앤더슨: Paul Lynde was the center square, 물론이야. I was always fascinated by Charo because she’s so bright and sexy. And I thought I looked like a Sunday school teacher *laughs*. But I gotta tell you, everyone was just so much fun to be around. And the standup guys were always the best. They were just so clever.

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Dom DeLuise and Loni Anderson.

Dom DeLuise and Loni Anderson. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

Dom DeLuise became such a close friend and it’s so touching to have those memories of him. And Paul Lynde, I would laugh so hard that I cried. He was just so outrageous. There were so many wonderful outtakes. Here I was, the little Minnesota Sunday school teacher, being so shocked and giggling until I couldn’t breathe. I would think, “Oh I wish I could say something like that and get away with it.I’m sure there’s a collection of outtakes and bloopers out there.

폭스 뉴스: What do you think is missing from today’s game shows or what would you like to see more of?
앤더슨: I think there are wonderful game shows out there. I do think there’s not so much when it comes to cleverness. I’m not really into those physical game shows. I love a show like “위험!” where you can use your wit and knowledge. I guess that’s more my style. But I know there are lots of folks who prefer the more physical shows. I know I can’t do any of the physical stuff *laughs*.

I come from an era of television where there were just three networks. We were all a small family. So I do miss that comradery where everyone knows everyone and we worked together. When I started out, you were pretty much guaranteed that a third of the population of the United States was watching you. So you just knew everybody. Now it’s so different, especially with all the streaming platforms available. I would love to see more of that.

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Loni Anderson wearing Marilyn Monroe's original dress at The Hollywood Museum.

Loni Anderson wearing Marilyn Monroe’s original dress at The Hollywood Museum. (Photo courtesy of The Hollywood Museum)

폭스 뉴스: Did you stay in touch with Peter Marshall after your appearance?
앤더슨: Oh yes, we’ve been friends for years and he did an episode of “WKRP” too in which he played a game show host. We always laugh at all. I recently appeared at his birthday celebration that we did virtually for him. He’s so incredibly special. He’s part of so many wonderful memories. Our paths always cross and I’m thankful for that.

폭스 뉴스: Speaking of The Hollywood Museum, you wore Marilyn Monroe’s gown, which is on display. What’s the story behind that?
앤더슨: When the museum obtained it, [president and founder] Donelle Dadigan asked me if I would consider wearing the dress. 그리고 나는 말했다, “이런, would I? I’ll be there in a minute!” And when I found out that the dress had not be worn by anyone since Marilyn Monroe, 잘, that just gave me chills. But then I thought, “I don’t know if we’re built alike.That’s when I was told, “상관없어. She never put a zipper in her dresses because she fluctuated in her weight so much that she was just sewn into it.

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Marilyn Monroe's dress is a staple at The Hollywood Museum.

Marilyn Monroe’s dress is a staple at The Hollywood Museum. (Photo courtesy of The Hollywood Museum)

She wore this dress for a USO tour right after she married 조 디마지오. And he was so upset about how sexy the dress was. 내말은, she was just the sexiest thing in the world. So when I put the dress on, it did hit me that Marilyn Monroe once wore this. As it went over my skin, I just felt a tingle. I remember before the shoot, I studied the photos. She had this open-mouth smile with those lips. And I really worked on that when I wore the dress. I remember all the paparazzi were there and just taking photos. It felt spooky. But it was an experience that I’ll never forget.

폭스 뉴스: What’s life like for you today?
앤더슨: Burt [레이놀즈] and I have a wonderful son who’s a first responder. He’s an EMT and a part of the sheriff’s search and rescue. I’m very proud of my son – not that I’m not proud of him all the rest of the time, but he’s pretty special.

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Loni Anderson and her son Quinton Anderson Reynolds.

Loni Anderson and her son Quinton Anderson Reynolds. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

물론이야, we see him through the sliding glass door on the patio [전염병으로 인해]. I’m so looking forward to us getting our vaccines so I could hug him. I guess we’re all looking forward to hugging everybody. Show business is a pretty huggy bunch *laughs* and we’re all deprived of that.

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