Saturday, January 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Andrea Martin

Although she first attained prominence as part of the dream team - John Candy, Dave Thomas, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Harold Ramis and Joe Flaherty - that would make SCTV a television legend, Andrea Martin is plenty funny all by herself, whether portraying a character of her own creation or impersonating a veritable who's who of 70s and 80s celebrity*.

PhotobucketBorn on this day in 1947, an American of Armenian descent, by 1973 the grocer's daughter from Oregon was comfortably ensconced in Toronto and starring in Ivan Reitman's third film, the Canadian epic Cannibal Girls; she followed that up with an appearance in another cinematic masterpiece, Black Christmas, alongside such Canadian film die-hards as Margot Kidder and Keir Dullea. Such is the degree of her ubiquity - even in the 70s - that she also turns up in an early episode of King of Kensington!

Whether it's her work ethic or her agent**, Andrea Martin has a habit of turning up in unexpected places, which delightful surprises can always be counted on to make my day. As Wanda the Word Fairy on Sesame Street or Ishka on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, from television tubes to movie screens to theatre stages, if you enjoy being entertained (and let's face it, who doesn't?) you couldn't do better than whiling away a spare hour or two in watching this dynamic and versatile lady work her particular brand of magic...

She's so talented she can even liven up dire failures***!

*Including Barbra Streisand, Ethel Merman, Arlene Francis, Sally Field, Sophia Loren, Beverly Sills, Lynn Redgrave, Linda Lavin, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minnelli, Connie Francis, Mother Teresa, Alice B. Toklas and Indira Gandhi!
**Or, less likely, her agent's work ethic.
***This means you, Young Triffie!

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