Tuesday, July 17, 2007

From Road Trips to How Does the Housewife Get the Cute Guy?

Didn't realize that Martha Smith, the good/bad girl on "Scarecrow & Mrs. King," was also in "Animal House."

Martha Smith is a model turned actress who has gone from being a Playboy centerfold to a talented comedic performer, as well as a writer and producer....National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) gave Smith her first important screen role as Babs Jensen -- Smith's vixenish coed ends up partly stripped in public during the comic denouement of the film, and, according to the movie, headed for a career as a tour guide at Universal Studios....Scarecrow & Mrs. King followed in 1983 -- Smith got the part of Francine Desmond, which made the most interesting use of her abilities of any project to date. Playing against her good looks and glamorous image, her character was the butt of many of the jokes and situations in the series for most of its four-year run, until the final season in which she was given the chance to play more straight action and suspense.


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