|Birth: ||Oct. 19, 1927|
|Death: ||Jul. 12, 2010|
New Hampshire, USA
Buff and Mike Wallace were married on March 11, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois.
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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.
Mike Wallace and Buff Cobb.
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 "60 Minutes," hosted "Mike and Buff" on CBS in the early 1950s. It was adapted from a radio show that the two had worked on in Chicago.
In the TV show, based in New York and broadcast live on weekdays, the couple would engage in heated debate over a different topic each day, then try to settle their differences after interviewing experts. From 1951 to 1952 they were also hosts of "All Around the Town," another CBS show, in which they took cameras to notable social events and sites in New York City and interviewed people there.
"All in all, the presentation of Mike and Buff constituted an object lesson in how television can be eminently educational without being self-conscious about it," the critic Jack Gould wrote in The New York Times in 1951.
Ms. Cobb also appeared on the ABC game show "Masquerade Party" as part of a panel of celebrities, including the poet Ogden Nash, the writer and actress Ilka Chase and the actor Jackie Coogan, who would try to determine the identity of other celebrities disguised in elaborate costumes.
Patrizia Cobb Chapman was born in Florence, Italy, on Oct. 19, 1927, the daughter of Elizabeth Cobb and Frank Chapman. Her mother was a playwright; her father was an opera singer. Her grandfather was the author and humorist Irvin S. Cobb.
Ms. Cobb married Mr. Wallace in 1949, and they divorced in 1957. Two of her other marriages also ended in divorce; her fourth husband, H. Spencer Martin, died in 1987. Her half brother, Thomas, is her only immediate survivor.
After her family moved to New York from Italy and then to Santa Monica, Calif., Ms. Cobb graduated from high school and soon was acting with stock companies. From 1946 to 1948 she toured the country with Tallulah Bankhead in NoŽl Coward's "Private Lives." She had small roles in several movies, including "Anna and the King of Siam" (1946). In the 1970s Ms. Cobb produced several Broadway shows, including a revival of George Bernard Shaw's "Too True to Be Good."
New York Times, Published: July 21, 2010
She co-hosted a 1950's TV talk show, "Mike and Buff," with newsman Mike Wallace. The couple also co-hosted a New York interview program, "All Around Town," before their marriage ended. She also was an actress, appearing in "Anna and the King of Siam," and a theatrical producer, nominated for a Tony for "Too True to Be Good."
Posted in the Oregonian 7-25-2010
She had been married 4 times.
Gregson Bautzer (married him very young, lasted 6 months)
William Eythe (1947-1948)
Mike Wallace (1949-1955 or 1957)
H. Spencer Martin (d. 1987)
She had a half brother named Thomas Cobb Brody.
Cause of death: passed away in a nursing home at the age of 82
Frank Michler Chapman (1900 - 1966)
Elisabeth Cobb Rogers (1902 - 1959)
Greg Bautzer (1911 - 1987)
William Eythe (1918 - 1957)
Mike Wallace (1918 - 2012)
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Record added: Jul 26, 2010
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