Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Monday, March 21, 2011

That Girl

I think we all know that I'm the go-to person for all things fabulous.

I mean, let's be real.

So, take my word when I say the most fabulous television show in the world is....

...That Girl!



Before Sex & The City and Friends, there was That Girl. It was the first television show centered around a 20-something-year-old single girl trying to make it on her own in the Big Apple.



I discovered this 1960s gem when I stumbled upon it at an antiques mall six months ago. Intrigued, I bought the entire series on DVD. To say I am obsessed with this show is an understatement. I want to LIVE this show.



The main character, Ann Marie, played by the gorgeous and funny Marlo Thomas, is pretty much my idol right now. She's charming and bubbly. She lives in a tiny apartment, waitressing and doing other odd jobs, as she tries to make it as an actress. She has a handsome journalist boyfriend, Don, who is pretty much the perfect guy. Her parents are strict, yet understanding. She is awkward, yet graceful.



And then there are her clothes.

The fashion in this television show is jaw-dropping. Honestly, while the show is absolutely adorable and comedic, it is pretty much a 30-minute fashion show.



The stylish opening credits, featuring Marlo in stunning dresses and coats, underline the show's obsession with clothing, accessories, hairstyles, and makeup. Her wardrobe consisted of the latest fashion from the most famous designers and fashion houses of the time period, including Cardinali, Halston, Courreges, and Oscar de la Renta.



That Girl made Marlo a household name and one of the greatest fashion icons of the 1960s.

Her character, Ann Marie, was even turned into a Barbie Doll!



And paper dolls!



The show was such a huge success, it paved the way for television shows such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Murphy Brown, Sex & The City, and Friends (in which Marlo plays Rachel's mom).

Despite the drool worthy clothes and hilarious plot lines, the show has an important message.



Women can be independent. They should follow their dreams. And although success is a sweet reward, it's getting there that is half the fun.



I hope you had a great weekend. ♥

71 comments:

A BRIT GREEK said...

What a great vintage discovery! I love the old school TV shows, but i've never heard of this one, thanks for sharing!

Have a fab week miss fabulous!
x.o.x.o

Michaela said...

Ooh it sounds lovely, I've never heard of it before!
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Dahl said...

Wow, this show looks sooo good! I always crack up over good comedy shows, and this t.v. series definitely has that, but the amazing clothes are another huge plus! I really must get my hands on some of this. I'm not a big t.v. watcher but when I find a good show I stick with it...I really want to see this now! And I like the overall message, that women can get by without men! So true!

Renée said...

this all looks so pretty :)

Sarah said...

This sounds amazing!
x

Anya adores said...

Brilliant post - I love all of it, even though it's all new to me - well done!!
A xx

Tanvi said...

She does look über stylish!!! Thanks for the post. I hadn't even heard of it before... you truly are the go-to-girl for all things fabulous :)

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The Shanner of Attention said...

I can't believe I haven't heard of this. It seriously sounds like the originally Carrie Bradshaw, but even prettier!!

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Marlo Thomas is adorable.

Couture Carrie said...

I can't believe I've never heard of this show. Looks and sounds awesome!

xoxox,
CC

Andrés Corella said...

She was Rachel´s mom!! Really omg..I loved her!..I´m so glad to know she has a fabulous show!..Ok now I want to see it..gonna see how I can get it over here hahaa

xx
Andy
The Black Label

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Wonderful post, I adore the clothes!

Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
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Josie said...

I need to check this out IMMEDIATELY; it sounds brilliant!
xo Josie
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Miksu said...

Is it possible that I have never heard of this? :D

xx
absofuckinglutely

Jen said...

It's funny because I'd probably wear some of those outfits today!!

Happy Monday Dear! xo

Grace said...

Amazing. thank you for sharing!xxx

Jennifer said...

How freaking fantastic was she! You always have the scoop on fabulous ladies I've never heard of! Um.... you need your own show =) just sayin!

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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Nicole✗✗ said...

Oh wow I have never heard of this show!! I'm glad you're introducing it to all of us. Based on your description I must see this!! It sounds wonderful and knowing that it basically paved the way for all those other great t.v. shows makes it that much more interesting!! Just by looking at the pictures I am in awe. The fashion/style is amazing and very inspiring. Great Post!

Oh no your laptop broke!! I would go insane!! Best of luck on getting it fixed. I always love hearing from ya' and stopping by your blog!!

Mouthwash said...

Wow. What a wonderful highlight! I am so glad that you shared this. I need a new TV obsession. I LOVE how you find these gems!

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Vivek Nanda said...

Wow, I never heard of it, but again you have given some much insight about it that I feel like watching it. Well, did someone tell you that you write excellent reviews :)

Sienna said...

LOVE the baby blue outfit

Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

WOW...I love it..great discovery!

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Courtney Erin said...

I used to watch old episodes of this with my mom and we both totally loved it!

xoxo ~ Courtney
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L.Voss said...

I always wanted to be that girl. I though was super pretty tv land used to air reruns allll the time of it.

The Quince Marmalade said...

I like so much your blog! I follow you!Follow me if you want , I will be happy!

Jasmin said...

this sounds amazing! i love the look of the outfits, need to check this out for myself! x

Phil said...

Wow I love these pics... Great Post!

Noortje said...

this is such a cute post! loving these pictures
xoxo

Diego R. Wyatt said...

There are so many shows from the 60s and 50s that were so fashion-forward that people don't even know exist. Marlo looked incredible on this show and the costume changes were insane. The character always reminded me of Audrey Hepburn, with a little more spunk!

Diego
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Twenty.Something said...

I love the photos! The colors are fantastic. What a great discovery!

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Katie said...

The fashion is great!

YUI said...

great post! lovely one :)

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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Long live independent women who can follow their dreams!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Chrissy said...

I remember this show! I used to watch it as a kid. I so very much wish I was alive for 60s fashion. So stylish! :)

Marcia B. said...

wwow she's stunning, awesome throwback!

Fashion Cappuccino said...

Wow, that sounds like such a great tv show and I would love to watch it! I've never heard of it until now! I love what you said in the end! Women should be free to follow their dreams to make it a reality! xoxoxoo

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

Omg this show sounds amazing!! The clothes look gorgeous too! I love old TV shows, and can't believe I have never seen this one. I'm so glad you shared it with us, and I agree completely with the message! Women can be independent and work hard for their dreams, and when you said that getting to the top is half the fun, you are so right! Once you reach success, you will appreciate it all the more when you have worked hard for it.

Much Love Jennifer, and happy Tuesday.

Rachel

a woman's right to shoes said...

I fee so bad, I've never heard of this show before. But I would love t see it now, sounds like I show I would like =)

Cafe Fashionista said...

You do realize that this is one of my favorite shows ever, right? Have you ever seen the show "The Nanny"? Fran used to have all sorts of "That Girl" moments - they were fantastic!! :P

Heart Charlie said...

I LOVE That Girl!!! I am glad to see there are more fans out there ;)

TheArtOf-Ana said...

TOOOTAAAALLL VINTAAAGEE! (L)
this all so pretty!

:Dkss!

Vanilla said...

I have never seeen this :) I need to :)

Love, Vanilla

F. said...

Such an inspiration! lovely! ;D

xoxo F.

Sisters and Sisters said...

We do not know the show!
She looks like a pretty actress


XoXo
H&C from Amsterdam
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Trendsetters said...

Quite an inspiring post!!!! Such lovely :)

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Please come and follow back if you like!

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Oh to Be a Muse said...

oh this sounds so awesome. thanks for introducing me to That Girl. where are you watching the episodes?

Tights Lover said...

Wow. She is absolutely gorgeous!

I need to add this to Netflix. Honestly, I need to create a special 'Jennifer Fabulous' queue on Netflix so I can keep track of all the shows/movies you review that I am always instantly dying to see!

ps. I'm glad my Monday post was able to cement our status as best-bloggy friends :)

The Frisky Virgin said...

I haven't seen this show, but now I have to! For the fashion alone, I have to watch this show! I LOVE the clothes--everything so tailored and elegant, yet sexy. Those are the best clothes, in my book--the sexy, but still classy.

I'm seriously excited about watching this now!!! I love characters like this--so easy to relate and fun to watch!

Movies on my Mind said...

Is that Sally Field?

You Americans seem efortlessly glam.

Bonnie said...

I have never seen this show.
The only way I can relate to it is through the TV show "Friends." Phoebe wore a shirt in "The One with the Football" that said, "That Girl."
I get it now.

Why do I suck so much at life, sometimes?

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Stephanie said...

I generally don't even LIKE old shows and movies. To be honest, I don't like most things made before 1990 (how awful is that, right? I know there are some great pre-1990 movies, but...I dunno...meh). But now I'm actually considering looking for That Girl. Apparently you're a good salesperson!

Judith, said...

i havent see this show on tv. maybe because i live in the Netherlands? i don't know..but i really like to see it!

thanks for your comment! x

My Republic of Fashion said...

That Girl sounds like so much fun. To say I love Ann Marie's hair and clothes is an understatemen. :)SArahD

Sherin said...

Oooo, sounds amazing. I'm so unemployed, that'm looking to discover more tv shows. This does sound fabulous.

Blicious said...

love love love!!

xoxo
b

Venus In Virgo said...

One of my faves too! They don't make them this good anymore. it's all about sex, cocktails and back stabbing b$#*%$#! LOL! I love all the photos and info you posted! XOXO

Marie said...

oooh you've totally made me want to watch this show. looking for it on amazon now. always fun to see girls of all eras fighting on to make it in the big city :)

-Marie
So What If I Like Pretty Things

Morgan said...

Oh my I have got to try this show it looks so amazing!

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gleenn said...

Hilarious fashion and great photos. I love their style!

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

A barbie wow! too funny.

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Christopher said...

Was she walking a pet turkey or did my eyes deceive me?

Tabatha said...

I love your film/TV series reviews :-) I hadn't heard of that show to be honest & I'm not sure if it ever made it to German TV. It sounds interesting & I love the clothes! I don't know why, but she reminds me a bit of Emma Peel from "The Avengers".
Gotta google to seeif I can watch it online!

Lifestyle of the pregnant and fabulous said...

this sounds like a great series! I'll have to look for it. Love your blog :) stay fab!

Cindy Karmoko said...

awesome post! i love her hair style the most!! want to follow each other will be very happy if you want to xoxo

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OceanDreams said...

What a classy lady! She reminds me of one of the Kennedy's with her style!

Linda Memphis said...

I ADORE THAT GIRL and I ADORE Marlo Thomas!!! I discovered this show on reruns in the 80s but not till last year did I manage to get the series on DVD. SO COOL to see I am not the only one whos totally obsessed with the best tv show ever made!! Great post!! :)

Anonymous said...

George Carlin played her agent Seymor on 'That Girl.' Fun show!

Anonymous said...

Ann Marie was pretty much the perfect girlfriend that every guy wanted. She was strong and vulnerable, sexy and prude, independent and dependent. But most of all she was ENDEARING. And even as a guy (who DOESN'T cross-dress, LOL...) I loved her clothes.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I'm going to agree with you million percent. I was a little kid and watched That Girl in either its last year ('1971') or in repeats. I loved it so much and recently rediscovered it on Hulu. As an adult, I am simply DROOLING over her clothes--what amazing clothes! An actress struggling to make it in NYC would never afford those things and her huge (for NY) apartment but hey this is our fantasy. I always admired Ann Marie and wished I could live her live. I still do at age 50.

Anonymous said...

My older sister adored this show and still idolizes Marlo Thomas. In 8th grade even got her hair to look like Ann Marie's for her school picture. We had the That Girl paper dolls and my sister would design extra clothes for the paper doll-- I got to color them and cut them out. At some point Marlo Thomas quit wearing a bra on the show and that caused tension between my mother and my sister! I rematched the shows recently and agree, her clothes are incredible. And the message is great.