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DECADE BY DECADE, THE EVOLUTION OF WOMEN ON TELEVISION

THE '50s
GRACIE ALLEN
Housewife on "The Burns & Allen Show"
Say goodnight, Gracie
LUCY RICARDO (Lucille Ball)
Housewife on "I Love Lucy"
The "Vita-meata-vega-min" Girl

CONNIE BROOKS (Eve Arden)
Teacher on "Our Miss Brooks"
The wiseacre of Madison High
ALICE KRAMDEN (Audrey Meadows)
Housewife on "The Honeymooners"
Baby, she was the greatest
MISS KITTY (Amanda Blake)
Saloon owner on "Gunsmoke"
Quenched Dodge City's thirst
THE '60s
JUNE CLEAVER (Barbara Billingsley)
Housewife on "Leave It to Beaver"
Worried about the Beaver
AUNT BEE (Frances Bavier)
Housekeeper on "The Andy Griffith Show"
Her place was in the kitchen
WILMA FLINTSTONE
Housewife on "The Flintstones"
Late-night Bedrock bellow: "Willllllma!"
Laura Petrie (Mary Tyler Moore)
Housewife on "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
"Oh, Ro-o-o-b!"
SAMANTHA STEPHENS (Elizabeth Montgomery)
Housewife on "Bewitched"
Nose-twitched that housework away
GINGER GRANT (Tina Louise)
Actress on "Gilligan's Island"
The mooo-vie star
LISA DOUGLAS (Eva Gabor)
Housewife on "Green Acres"
She was his wife -- Goodbye, city life!
ANN MARIE (Marlo Thomas)
Actress on "That Girl"
Single in the Big Apple
JULIA BAKER (Diahann Carroll)
Nurse on "Julia"
Black was finally beautiful
JULIE BARNES (Peggy Lipton)
Cop on "Mod Squad"
One black, one white, one blond
THE '70s
MARY RICHARDS (Mary Tyler Moore)
TV producer on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
"Oh, Mr. Gra-a-a-nt!"
EDITH BUNKER (Jean Stapleton)
Housewife on "All in the Family"
Lovable dingbat
MAUDE FINDLAY (Bea Arthur)
Liberal on "Maude"
Loud and liberated
MARGARET HOULIHAN (Loretta Swit)
Army nurse on "M*A*S*H"
Hot Lips
ANN ROMANO (Bonnie Franklin)
Ad exec on "One Day at a Time"
Single mom
MARY HARTMAN (Louise Lasser)
Housewife on "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"
Hated that waxy yellow buildup
LAVERNE DE FAZIO (Penny Marshall)
Beer factory worker on "Laverne & Shirley"
L also stood for loud, lower-middle-class
SHIRLEY FEENEY (Cindy Williams)
Beer factory worker on "Laverne & Shirley"
Pined for Carmine, her Big Ragoo
JILL MONROE (Farrah Fawcett-
Majors)
Detective on "Charlie's Angels"
Much ado about her 'do
CHRISSY SNOW (Suzanne Somers)
Typist on "Three's Company"
Miss Jiggle
THE '80s
ALEXIS CARRINGTON (Joan Collins)
Business magnate on "Dynasty"
Rhymes with rich
JOYCE DAVENPORT (Veronica Hamel)
Lawyer on "Hill Street Blues"
Loved her Pizza Man
DIANE CHAMBERS (Shelley Long)
Barmaid/grad student on "Cheers"
Everybody knew her name -- and Sam's
CLAIR HUXTABLE (Phylicia Rashad)
Lawyer on "The Cosby Show"
All those kids, but no housework
MADDIE HAYES (Cybill Shepherd)
Detective on "Moonlighting"
The model boss
SOPHIA PETRILLO (Estelle Getty)
Retiree on "The Golden Girls"
Salty senior
SUZANNE SUGARBAKER (Delta Burke)
Interior designer on "Designing Women"
Dixie flirt
HOPE STEADMAN (Mel Harris)
Housewife on "thirtysomething"
Baby boomer angst
ROSEANNE CONNER (Roseanne Barr)
Housewife/blue-collar worker on
"Roseanne"
A big hit -- very big
MURPHY BROWN (Candice Bergen)
TV journalist on "Murphy Brown"
FYI: Only her housepainter knows for sure
THE '90s
LAURA PALMER (Sheryl Lee)
Homecoming queen on "Twin Peaks"
Daddy's girl: Dead, but not forgotten
MARGE SIMPSON
Housewife on "The Simpsons"
Blue hair
-- Tim Funk

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