I’ve always loved Jennifer Granholm. The former governor of Michigan is wildly intelligent, beyond articulate, tough as nails and oh-so-easy-on-the-eyes. She had me eating out of the palm of her hand with her over-the-top (and instant classic) speech at the Democratic National Convention last week. But my admiration soared to new heights upon seeing her 1978 appearance on “The Dating Game.”
The suspenders. Those hip-hugging high-waisted jeans. That cotton-candy explosion of hair! You’d swear she was the fourth “Angel.” As my mom would say when she sees an artfully decked-out dame, “Can’t tell her NUTHIN’!” In 1970s parlance, the then-19-year-old who had moved to Los Angeles from British Columbia to pursue acting was “a fox.”
According to the Detroit Free Press, the discovery by a Long Island man of Granholm’s appearance on the show was by accident. “Marty Nislick, 67, of Bayside, N.Y., told the Free Press he came across the footage on the Facebook page of a friend who was one of the losing contestants on the show with Granholm,” the paper reported.
Reacting to the resurfacing of her “Dating Game” appearance, Granholm released a statement. “Alas,” the once-aspiring actress said, “this is what being a teenager in the 70s gets you: I was having a bad hair decade!” Oh, I can totally relate — and I was just a kid then. Blow out kits, anyone?!
After seeing the video, it is now clear that Granholm’s stunning performance last week shouldn’t have come as a surprise. The sense of humor and crowd-pleasing nature Granholm displayed on a Hollywood game show 34 years ago was very much present at a raucous gathering of Democrats in Charlotte.
If President Obama wins a second term, she’s just gotta come to Washington. This town could use more firecrackers like her.