Ginnie Newhart, the wife of renowned comedian Bob Newhart, who was married to him for six decades and is credited with inspiring the iconic ending of his show “Newhart,” has passed away at the age of 82.
Her publicist, Jerry Digney, confirmed that she died on Sunday in Los Angeles after a long illness.
No further details have been provided about her illness.
The couple had recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Ginnie Newhart is known for providing the idea for the finale of the 1990 show “Newhart,” which featured a clever callback to her husband’s earlier series, “The Bob Newhart Show.”
The later show, which starred Newhart as a Vermont innkeeper, ended with him waking up in Chicago next to his on-screen wife from “The Bob Newhart Show,” revealing the second series to be a dream.
Ginnie Newhart suggested the idea to her husband at a Christmas party that was also attended by Suzanne Pleshette, who played his on-screen wife in “The Bob Newhart Show.”
The series ran for six seasons from 1972 to 1978 and helped solidify Bob Newhart’s status as a legend of television comedies.
The Newharts met on a blind date arranged by actor-comedian Buddy Hackett, according to Digney.
They were also close friends with comedian Don Rickles and his wife, Barbara, and often traveled together.
In interviews, the Newharts attributed laughter as the secret to the longevity of their marriage.
Born Virginia Lillian Quinn, Ginnie Newhart was the daughter of character actor Bill Quinn, who appeared in “The Birds,” “Twilight Zone: The Movie,” and had over 230 other film and television credits.
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Ginnie Newhart is survived by her husband Bob Newhart, who is 93 years old, their four children, and 10 grandchildren. A private funeral will be held, according to Digney.
The entertainment world has lost a beloved figure in Ginnie Newhart, whose contribution to the success of her husband’s shows cannot be overstated.
She will be remembered fondly by many, and our condolences go out to her family during this difficult time.