Obligatory “Jennifer Granholm On The Dating Game In 1978” Post
Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm was once a contestant on the 1970s dating show The Dating Game:
The buzz surrounding former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm about her enthusiastic speech to the Democratic National Convention may shift this week as a long-lost copy of her 1978 appearance on “The Dating Game” surfaced on YouTube.
“Let’s give a hand for the cute and curvaceous Jennifer Granholm,” the show’s host, Jim Lange says as a 19-year-old Granholm, complete with big, blonde, Farrah Fawcett-like hair comes on stage to meet her three bachelors.
Marty Nislick, 67, of Bayside, N.Y., told the Free Press he came across the footage on the Facebook page of a friend who was one of the losing contestants on the show with Granholm.
“I’m a Democrat of the liberal persuasion and I have always admired Jennifer Granholm,” he said. “And she was 19 years old, so I think she could be excused for being on a stupid show.”
Granholm took the sudden Internet attention in good humor. Her former spokeswoman Liz Boyd sent her a link to the clip. After watching it, Granholm said: “I’m still laughing so hard my stomach still hurts.”
The show attracted many aspiring actors and actresses, like Granholm. Some went on to stardom, such as Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lindsay Wagner, Tom Selleck and Lee Majors. Granholm moved from British Columbia to California as a teenager with hopes of becoming an actress.
Nislick said he saw it a while ago and then went back to the post several weeks ago and realized that the young blonde woman wearing high-waisted jeans, a light blue shirt with VERY puffy sleeves and suspenders was actually a fairly well known Michigan politician and now political talk show host.
Here’s the video which, as Mary Katherine Ham says, must be seen to be believed: