Entertainment: Eight Is Enough

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Entertainment: Eight Is Enough Gender: N/A
TV series
born on 15 March 1977 at 20:30 (= 8:30 PM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 25°21' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 10°57 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 25°20'

Entertainment: Eight Is Enough (Diana Hyland and Dick Van Patten as the Bradford parents)


American television comedy-drama series that ran on ABC from 15 March 1977 until 23 May 1981. The show was modelled on the life of syndicated newspaper columnist Thomas Braden, a real-life parent with eight children, who wrote a book by the same title.

The show centres on a Sacramento, California family with eight children (from oldest to youngest: David, Mary, Joanie, Susan, Nancy, Elizabeth, Tommy, and Nicholas). The father, Tom Bradford (Dick Van Patten), was a newspaper columnist for the fictional Sacramento Register. His wife Joan (Diana Hyland) was a homemaker and took care of the children. Unfortunately, Hyland had been diagnosed with breast cancer earlier that year and subsequently underwent a mastectomy. However, the cancer had spread and her health began to rapidly deteriorate during filming, appearing in only four episodes before falling ill. She died shortly thereafter on 27 March 1977 and her character's death was written into the series.

The second season began in the fall of 1977 with Tom as a widower. He eventually met and fell in love with Sandra Sue "Abby" Abbott (Betty Buckley), a widowed schoolteacher who came to the house to tutor Tommy when he broke his leg in a football game. They were married in one of the series' TV movie broadcasts on 9 November 1977.

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  • associate relationship with Aames, Willie (born 15 July 1960). Notes: Played Tommy Bradford, 1977-1981
  • associate relationship with Buckley, Betty (born 3 July 1947). Notes: Played Sandra Sue "Abby" Abbott Bradford, 1977-1981
  • associate relationship with Paige, Janis (born 16 September 1922). Notes: Played Vivian "Auntie V" Bradford, 1977-1980
  • associate relationship with Van Patten, Dick (born 9 December 1928). Notes: Played Tom Bradford, 1977-1981
  • associate relationship with Walters, Laurie (born 8 January 1947). Notes: Played Joanie Bradford, 1977-1981

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes TV guide, Daily News (New York, New York), 15 Mar 1977, p. 510.


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