FLIP WILSON:What You See Is What You Get
Today, much talk centers on his portrayal of the female character, Geraldine, but she was only one of the many characters he played and she evolved for television only because in his comedy stories on albums and in night clubs, he used a falsetto voice when imitating a woman and producers thought that since television is a visual medium, the series might actually show this female character. Wilson was insistent that Geraldine be well-dressed, well-coiffed, and a person of principles.
“The Flip Wilson Show,” not only won its time slot in its premiere year, 1970-1971, but was the number two series for all of television, topped only by another ground-breaking series “All In The Family.” It (and Flip) won numerous Emmy Awards in the four years that it aired.In writing the life story of this history-making entertainer, who was also my close friend for 28 years before his death in 1998, I would like to hear from people who knew him in any time of his life. Feel free to post your Flip Wilson encounters on my blog.
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