Buff Cobb
Actress, television personality, producer
Buff Cobb
Buff Cobb was an American actress and, with then-husband Mike Wallace, host of one of television's first talk shows.
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CBS newsman Mike Wallace dies at 93, with video of key interviews
Tampa Bay - almost 5 years
Early on Easter Sunday, the world learned that bulldog 60 Minutes investigative reporter Mike Wallace died the night before, at age 93, surrounded by family and leaving a tremendous legacy as a fearless pursuer of great interview and investigative "gets." In a media world where too many hosts try to be pals with their subject, Myron Leon Wallace was famous for his willingness to anger an interview subject or look like a pushy know-it-all to pull reactions from celebrities and subjects viewers had never seen before. Considered one of the quintessential investigative journalists, he started as a talk show host and pitchman who had to renounce appearing in commercials to get his journalism work on the air.  And as great a journalist as he was, he also popularized the "ambush" interview, where subjects are surprised by the reporter and a camera, producing the image of a tough reporter questioning an invariably defensive person. CBS has produced a comprehensive look back at Wallace' ...
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Buff Cobb, 82, TV Host Of Early '50s Talk Show
NYTimes - over 6 years
Buff Cobb, who with Mike Wallace, her husband at the time, hosted ''Mike and Buff,'' one of television's first talk shows, died on July 12 at a nursing home in Lebanon, N.H. She was 82. Her death was confirmed by her half brother, Thomas Cobb Brody. Ms. Cobb, an actress, and Mr. Wallace, best known for his nearly 40 years as a correspondent with
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Paid Notice: Deaths COBB, BUFF
NYTimes - over 6 years
COBB--Buff. Actress, producer died July 12. Granddaughter of Irvin S. Cobb, daughter of Elizabeth Cobb. She is survived by brother Tom Brody.
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Paid Notice: Deaths COBB, BUFF
NYTimes - over 6 years
COBB--Buff. Actress, producer died July 12. Granddaughter of Irvin S. Cobb, daughter of Elizabeth Cobb. She is survived by brother Tom Brody.
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Frances Buss, 92, Director and Early-Television Pioneer
NYTimes - about 7 years
Frances Buss, who at the dawn of commercial television parlayed a job as a temporary receptionist into a pioneering career as a director whose work helped establish the talk show, the game show and the cooking show as television staples, died on Jan. 19 in Hendersonville, N.C. She was 92. She died a few days after having a stroke, said Mark
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Frances Buss, Pioneer of Early Television, Dies at 92
NYTimes - about 7 years
Frances Buss, who at the dawn of commercial television parlayed a job as a temporary receptionist into a pioneering career as a director whose work helped establish the talk show, the game show and the cooking show as television staples, died on Jan. 19 in Hendersonville, N.C. She was 92. She died a few days after having a stroke, said Mark
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H. SPENCER MARTIN
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: H. Spencer Martin, a real-estate developer, died of liver disease and heart failure Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 68 years old. H. Spencer Martin, a real-estate developer, died of liver disease and heart failure Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 68 years old. He worked for 35 years for the N. K. Winston Corporation, serving as
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Buff Cobb
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 82
    Died on July 12, 2010.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1973
    Age 45
    The following decade, she and partner Shepard Traube produced Devine's Children of the Wind, which ran six performances and one preview from October 23–27, 1973, at the Belasco Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Cobb died in a nursing home in Lebanon, New Hampshire, at age 82.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 35
    In the 1960s, she and partners including Paul Vroom produced two Broadway shows: a revival of George Bernard Shaw's Too True to Be Good, which ran 94 performances and two previews at the 54th Street Theatre from March 9 to June 1, 1963; and Jerry Devine's Never Live Over a Pretzel Factory, which played nine performances and five previews from March 20 to April 4, 1964 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 27
    Cobb and Wallace divorced in either 1955 or 1957 (accounts differ).
    More Details Hide Details Cobb's fourth husband, H. Spencer Martin, died in 1987. She had a half brother, Thomas Cobb Brody.
  • 1951
    Age 23
    The New York Times critic Jack Gould wrote in 1951 that "the presentation of Mike and Buff constituted an object lesson in how television can be eminently educational without being self-conscious about it."
    More Details Hide Details Cobb was also a panelist for two years on the 1952 to 1960 TV quiz show Masquerade Party, joining Ogden Nash, bandleader Bobby Sherwood and others from 1953 to 1955 on the show, which during her tenure ran Monday nights on CBS before switching to Wednesday nights on ABC.
    By that time the program had gone from radio to become the pioneering CBS television talk show Mike and Buff. Based in New York City, it ran from August 20, 1951 to February 27, 1953.
    More Details Hide Details Originally titled Two Sleepy People, the live show, in which the couple debated a different topic daily and then tried to reach consensus after interviewing experts, was broadcast experimentally on weekday mornings during an era in which there was virtually no morning programming. It was also one of CBS' first color TV programs. By November 1951, it had been retitled Mike and Buff and was broadcast in black-and-white on weekday afternoons. Beginning June 1951, the two also co-hosted a second show, All Around the Town, in which Wallace and Cobb conducted live interviews from locales including Coney Island, the New York City Ballet, and numerous restaurants. Initially a thrice-weekly late-afternoon show, and it moved to a Saturday 6-6:45 p.m. slot from November 10, 1951 to January 1952. It returned as a prime time series, sponsored by the soft drink Pepsi, on Saturday nights at 9-9:30 p.m. from May to June 1952.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 19
    At 20, she married her second husband, actor William Eythe, in Manhattan in 1947; she sued for divorce after seven months, but reconsidered two days later before going on with the divorce in 1948.
    More Details Hide Details Cobb, while touring with Private Lives in Chicago, Illinois, met broadcast journalist Mike Wallace. As Wallace later recalled,
  • 1946
    Age 18
    Her family moved first to New York City and then to Santa Monica, California, where Cobb graduated from high school. She began her acting career with stock companies. She had bit parts in movies including Anna and the King of Siam (1946), and toured with Tallulah Bankhead in Noël Coward's play Private Lives from 1946 to 1948.
    More Details Hide Details At 19, she married Gregson Bautzer, the first of her four husbands, divorcing him after six months.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Born
    Born on October 19, 1927.
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