Susan Anton is singing a new tune these days.

The singer and actress is the host of “Idol Chat TV,” which reunites the cast of classic TV shows, films and musical performances. The first episode will feature former child stars Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow of “Leave It to Beaver” fame. The family sitcom produced 235 episodes and ran from 1957 until 1963.

But Anton is no stranger to kicking off a knockout performance. The former Miss California was one of several blonde bombshells of the ‘70s and ‘80s to light up the screen. She has gone on to appear in hundreds of film and television projects.

The 70-year-old spoke to Fox News about “Idol Chat TV,” becoming a sought-after poster girl, as well as befriending both Kenny Rogers and Frank Sinatra.


Actress and singer Susan Anton is the host of ‘Idol Chat TV’.

Actress and singer Susan Anton is the host of ‘Idol Chat TV’.
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Fox News: What was it about “Idol Chat TV” that made it is best to host?
Susan Anton: When I first discovered concerning the premise, I used to be all via it. These have been every individuals I’ve labored with or individuals I’ve positively admired by means of the years. Like the “Leave It to Beaver” guys – that was a frequent present in my family. So it was a thrill to assist the robust reconnect in any case this time, together with meet individuals who’ve carried out a enormous place in my life.

Fox News: Which episode was almost certainly primarily probably the most emotional to movie and why?
Anton: It should be the Pointer Sisters. Two of the sisters have handed away and the remaining two haven’t seen one another in so extended. So we obtained them collectively and revisited their careers at The Hollywood Museum. There have been tears for certain.

And then “The Love Boat” was particular as a outcomes of Gavin MacLeod was nonetheless with us. We interviewed him and then two weeks later he handed away. So it was essential that we helped the robust get collectively one final time. They have been a exact household and if you see the episode, you’ll expertise that love they’d.


Actress and singer Susan Anton poses for a portrait circa 1984 in Los Angeles, California.

Actress and singer Susan Anton poses for a portrait circa 1984 in Los Angeles, California.
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Fox News: If the gathering have been to be picked up for Season 2, who would it is best to see featured and why?
Anton: I would favor to get the “Waltons” kids collectively and see how all people seems to be doing at present. I cherished watching that present so it’ll be actually nice for me. I furthermore adore Donny and Marie, so it’ll be good to satisfy up with them as correctly. And an necessary ones for me might probably be Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta for “Grease.” And then, in any case, it’ll be a handle to get the “Baywatch” crew collectively.

Fox News: Speaking of “Baywatch,” what was it like filming that assortment?
Anton: I assumed it was nice. Who wouldn’t should go to the seaside each morning in Southern California, work for a few hours and make your paycheck? I mentioned, “Sign me up.” And the robust was merely a lot nice. Pam [Anderson] – that was her first 12 months so she wasn’t even well-known nevertheless. She was so humorous and heat. David Hasselhoff is so nice to work with and he saved the robust in a good temper always. It was a actually nice job.

Fox News: Did you ever face any type of strain when it comes to attempting a constructive methodology?
Anton: You know, I used to be fortunate. I don’t know the way it was for the youthful robust members, nonetheless I used to be robust as a mother for one amongst many lifeguards. So I didn’t ought to run in sluggish movement sporting a little pink bathing go properly with. *Laughs*. But I be aware everybody merely having a good time on set.


Susan Anton was a popular poster girl in the ‘70s and ’80s.

Susan Anton was a trendy poster woman contained in the ‘70s and ’80s.
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Fox News: You have been a trendy poster contained in the ‘70s and ’80s. How did you make sense of the eye you acquired?
Anton: It was unusual. I purchased proper right here from a little metropolis in Southern California referred to as Yucaipa. I even went to a one-room schoolhouse after I was in elementary school. I rode my horse to highschool. So present enterprise wasn’t precisely what I aspired to pursue after I was little. But I’ve managed to go searching myself in lucky conditions. And I contemplate it was the suitable time. This was if you had ladies like Farrah Fawcett, Cheryl Tiegs and Lynda Carter making their marks.

Fox News: Were you in distinction early on to Farrah Fawcett?
Anton: Yeah – We each had enormous smiles and enormous hair. But I used to be on a common foundation so grateful for Farrah’s success. I met her briefly and I needed I had the prospect to get to know her. She helped pave the best way wherein via which for the mannequin new blonde bombshell. At that point, the blonde intercourse goddess was not in favor as a results of it as shortly as was, nonetheless she made it occur as quickly as additional in a enormous methodology.

Fox News: You’ve had a very worthwhile music occupation. What shocked you probably primarily probably the most about Kenny Rogers?
Anton: First of all, I’ve to say that I’ve been terribly blessed to work with among the many many nicest individuals contained in the leisure enterprise. And Kenny Rogers was merely every little issue you imagined him to be and extra. He was loving, so beneficiant and on a common foundation completely blissful to share the stage with you. He supported you and cheered you on. And, my gosh, he was a lot nice off stage.


American actress and singer Susan Anton American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur Kenny Rogers (1938-2020) pose for a portrait circa 1987 in Los Angeles, California.

American actress and singer Susan Anton American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, file producer, and entrepreneur Kenny Rogers (1938-2020) pose for a portrait circa 1987 in Los Angeles, California.
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He was on a common foundation pulling sensible jokes and shenanigans. After a present, he cherished visiting drive-thrus for some quick meals. He might probably be like a teenager in a limo. And after we drove up, he would merely casually introduce himself. People have been shocked. Imagine Kenny Rogers driving as a lot as Jack contained in the Box. That’s merely the type of man he was. He was on a common foundation in a place to have nice… He was a enormous star by then, and nevertheless he was on a common foundation humble and type. He on no account took one factor for granted. I contemplate that was a a a part of his appeal to.

Fox News: What about Frank Sinatra?
Anton: Sinatra was the epitome of a gentleman. So a lot has been talked about and written about him. What I witnessed was a notably gracious host. He was very conscious of all people who was contained in the room. No matter how enormous that room was, he might inform if anybody’s glass was empty and he made certain they have been taken care of. He on a common foundation made you’re feeling similar to you’ve got obtained been important particular explicit individual contained in the room. He was very, very obsessed alongside together with his music.


Susan Anton has fond memories of meeting Frank Sinatra.

Susan Anton has fond recollections of assembly Frank Sinatra.
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I be aware we used to have debates concerning the songwriters of the time. I used to be raised contained in the ’60s with bands like The Beatles. Frank would say, “There are no good songwriters today.” And I’d say, “I’m sorry, but I disagree.” Everyone contained in the room would merely gasp. Like wait a minute, are you disagreeing with Frank Sinatra? No one does that. But he welcomed these debates. He cherished having an psychological dialog with you. We would have these nice conversations about what makes a good tune and how one issue stands the study of time. Those conversations helped me methods to resolve provides precisely.

Susan Anton in concert, circa 1981.

Susan Anton in dwell effectivity, circa 1981.
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Fox News: What’s one reminiscence of Mel Tillis that you just simply nonetheless treasure to these days?
Anton: Oh I be aware we did a present in Utah. In as of late it was laborious to go searching caffeinated espresso and alcohol obtainable and the actual individual cherished his beer. He had a private airplane and would have his individuals flying in on the weekends so he might profit from his chilly beers. And correct proper right here was this grown man hiding his beer from the Osmonds who’ve been furthermore performing. He was merely a darling.

Comedian and actor Dudley Moore with his arm around then-girlfriend Susan Anton, arriving at Heathrow Airport, London, October 1st 1980. 

Comedian and actor Dudley Moore alongside alongside together with his arm spherical then-girlfriend Susan Anton, arriving at Heathrow Airport, London, October 1st 1980. 
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Fox News: Your relationship with Dudley Moore was the converse of the city because of the highest distinction. How did you deal with the scrutiny?
Anton: Oh we merely discovered humor in it. We knew we weren’t a usual-looking couple. I used to be a good foot and a half taller than him. But correct proper right here’s the problem, if you’re with anybody who fills your coronary coronary coronary heart with pleasure and love, factors like that merely don’t matter. And that’s one issue we realized shortly. And I contemplate we furthermore confirmed people who. The coronary coronary coronary heart goes the place it must go. It doesn’t care about your pores and pores and pores and skin shade, prime or one thing.