Wednesday, April 24, 2024

RIP Markie Post, 70, 80s and 90s Fixture on Prime Time, Known for Being Plucky and Sexy


Sad news: terrific actress Markie Post has died after a long fight with cancer. She was 70 years old.

For almost two decades, Markie Post was a fixture on prime time TV, a welcome face on a series of TV series. She started on “CHiPs,” had a long run on “The Fall Guy,” followed by “Night Court,” and then “Hearts Afire.” Her signature was being plucky and sexy, playing characters who were tough on the outside with a soft heart inside.

Post’s three seasons on “Hearts Afire” with John Ritter and Billy Bob Thornton became indelible. The show was created by friends of Bill Clinton, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason. Markie also became a celebrity friend of the Clintons, which worked for her and against her. Still floating around on the internet are ridiculous rumors of an affair with Bill Clinton. But she was just a cheerleader and visible supporter.

Markie Post married her husband, Michael Ross, in 1982, and leaves two sons with him, plenty of friends and family who mourn her loss.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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