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Aussie TV: Toni Basil On “Where Are They Now?”

The Sydney Morning Herald
Where Are They Now?
By Debi Enker
April 7, 2006

Premiere of Brooklyn Laundry - May 15, 1991 - May 15, 1991

An hour of uplifting television tailored to suit Sunday-evening family viewing.

Mel and Kochie go prime time on Where Are They Now?

Mel and Kochie go prime time, taking their cheery good-buddy rapport and very basic interview technique to this feelgood format. On the basis of tonight’s tales, this is designed as an hour of uplifting television tailored to suit Sunday-evening family viewing. There are tales of survival and triumph against the odds, stories of success and achievement.

The show begins with two survivors of shark attacks and then moves on to a Queensland grandmother who rescued a family member from the jaws of a crocodile. From there, as our hosts merrily note, there are four beauty queens, three Oscar winners, two shocked survivors and a one-hit wonder.

The last one is singer Toni Basil (Mickey), who looks like she’s wearing a velvet possum on her head but smiles happily through reflections on her 1981 hit song and subsequent career as a choreographer for Bette Midler and Reese Witherspoon.

There’s also a beaming Loretta Swit, recalling the glory of MASH but looking like she’s had a bad Botox experience or really annoyed her make-up artist.

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