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Brett Somers Passes: Wife of Odd Couple's Jack Klugman

Sep 19, 2007

Brett Somers has died at age 83 after losing her battle to stomach and colon cancer. Brett Somers was best known for her appearances and humor on the game show 'Match Game'. Ms. Somers married actor Jack Klugman, the future star of the television shows Quincy and The Odd Couple, in 1953. The two separated in 1974 but they never divorced.
Brett Somers Passes: Wife of Odd Couple's Jack Klugman
Brett Somers Passes: Wife of Odd Couple's Jack Klugman

They made many television appearances as a couple. She appeared on several episodes of The Odd Couple, playing the ex-wife of Klugman's character. Brett Somers' son Adam Klugman revealed the actress died.

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The Associated Press reports that she was born Audrey Johnston in New Brunswick, Canada, and grew up in Portland, Maine. She ran away from home at age 17 and headed for New York City, where she settled in Greenwich Village. She changed her first name to Brett after the lead female character in the Ernest Hemingway novel "The Sun Also Rises." Somers was her mother's maiden name.

Somers' son Adam said Monday: "She maintained her independence till the end, and her irreverence. She died very much at peace." In addition to Adam Klugman, Somers is survived by another son, David, and a daughter, Leslie.

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