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TV Diary: Woman comedians spotlighted in 'Pioneers' show tonight

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 12:01 am

How could I not recommend tonight's best fare: “Pioneers of Television,” the season three premiere spotlighting female comedians? It airs at 8 p.m. on PBS.

This episode focuses on Joan Rivers, Marla Gibbs, Mary Tyler Moore and Betty White, as well as the late Phyllis Diller and Lucille Ball. Carol Burnett shares stories from her variety show.

Here is a quiz about these famous ladies.

1. Who starred as Gladys Pope on “The Bold and the Beautiful”?

2. This comedian's legs were the only part of her body visible on “Richard Diamond, Private Detective,” when she served as his answering service girl.

3. Who revived her role as Florence Johnston in a guest appearance on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?”

4. Who made an uncredited appearance as the scrub woman in a 1966 episode of “Batman?”

5. Who made regular appearances as Theresa Stemple on “Mad About You?”

6. These two comedians served jury duty on an episode of “Here's Lucy.”

7. This comedian started her career as a dancer on “The Eddie Fisher Show.”

8. In a dramatic departure, this comedian starred as Florabelle, a homeless woman in “Stone Pillow.”

9. Who starred as Vickie Angel on “Date with the Angels?”

Answers: 1. Phyllis Diller. 2. Mary Tyler Moore. 3. Marla Gibbs. 4. Phyllis Diller. 5. Carol Burnett. 6. Lucille Ball and Joan Rivers. 7. Mary Tyler Moore. 8. Lucille Ball. 9. Betty White.