I found out today from the Variety website that actress Jean Byron, who played Natalie Lane (the mother of Patty and Ross Lane) on The Patty Duke Show died last Friday at 80. Sony (which owns the series) lost a chance to interview her before she died for any DVD release of the show. It astounds me that during the past few years, we've been losing more and more stars of classic TV to the Grim Reaper even as legndary shows from the 50s-80s are being released. Last year we lost to major TV icons in Bob Denver and Don Adams. It would've been nice if HBO (which is supposedly releasing the first season of Get Smart this year) had gotten an interview with Mr. Adams, or commentary on a few episodes. Paramount missed a major opportunity with The Odd Couple- heaven knows it's one of its most popluar titles, and they should've forseen its probable release in the next few years by interviewing Tony Randall before his death, likewise with Beverly Hillbillies star Buddy Ebsen. It's another story with vintage films on DVD- some studios are doing interviews with film legends in advance for far-off releases of certain films. At Warner Home Video, George Feltenstein has been doing this for years! At least he and other people at WHV had the foresight to talk to Fay Wray at length before she died a few years ago, and some of her on-camera comments on the making of King Kong have been added to the recent DVD release with a partial audio commentary by her. If you watch TCM, you've probably seen these little interviews with film legends which are sometimes used as filler between film showings. Many a star from the MGM/Warner Bros./RKO films held by WHV have been interviewed this way for archival reasons, and some of these interviews have ended up on DVD as extras. With the passing in recent years of stars like Janet Leigh, Roddy McDowall, Claire Trevor, Howard Keel, Gene Kelly- all of whom gave filmed interviews about their careers and certain films for TCM/WHV, this stresses the point that the same treatment must be given to the stars of classic TV!! OK- Warners- star interviewing James Garner Maverick, Clint Walker Cheyenne, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. 77 Sunset Strip and The FBI, Roger Smith and Edd "Kookie" Byrnes 77 Sunset Strip, Robert Conrad and Connie Stevens Hawaiian Eye, Larry Storch, Ken Berry, Melody Patterson and James Hampton F Troop, Brandon Cruz Courtship Of Eddie's Father, Richard Chamberlain Dr. Kildare, Robert Vaughn and David McCallum The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Stefanie Powers and Noel Harrison The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Paramount: ALL of the surviving stars of Mission: Impossible, James MacArthur Hawaii Five-O, Mike Connors Mannix, Leslie Nielsen Police Squad!, Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams Laverne & Shirley Universal: Martin Milner & Kent McCord Adam-12, Susan St. James Mc Millan & Wife and The Name Of The Game, Kevin Tighe, Randolph Mantooth and Robert Fuller Emergency!, Peter Falk Columbo, Edward Woodward The Equalizer, Dennis Weaver McCloud, Kevin Dobson Kojak. Fox: David Hedison Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea , Dorothy Malone, Mia Farrow, Ryan O'Neal, Barbara Parkins, Tim O'Connor, Lee Grant, Ed Nelson Peyton Place, Denise Nicholas and Karen Valentine, Michael Constantine Room 222, Gary Conway, Deanna Lund, Don Marshall, Heather Young, Don Matheson, Stefan Arngrim Land Of The Giants, Stepthen Young Judd For The Defense Sony: Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen The Donna Reed Show, John Astin The Addams Family, Sally Field The Flying Nun, Bobby Sherman, David Soul, Robert Brown and Bridget Hanley Here Come The Brides - you get the idea. I only hope that my pleas aren't falling on deaf ears!!