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The Flying Nun (TV Series 1967–1970) Poster

(1967–1970)

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In one episode, Sister Bertrille is looking at home movies of herself from when she was a teenager. The home movies were actually footage from Sally Field's previous series Gidget (1965).
When Sally Field was first offered the role of Sister Bertrille, she refused it. The producers then offered the role to Ronne Troup, but Field had second thoughts and decided to go ahead and accept the role.
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Sister Bertrille comes from a family of doctors. She is the only member of her family not to go into medicine.
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The occasional role of sister Bertrille's physician Sister Janet was played by Elinor Donahue.
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At the time of the series' popularity, MAD MAGAZINE did a parody of Sister Bertrille, The Flying Nun in which she was "Sister Brazil, The Flying Nut."
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Patty Duke was originally the first choice for the role of Sister Bertrille.
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Sponsors of "The Flying Nun" included Oscar Mayer and Colgate-Palmolive, makers of Fab Detergent, Bright Side Shampoo, and Palmolive Dish Liquid.
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The series is based on the book "The Fifteenth Pelican" by Tere Rios, the maiden name of Theresa Versace. Her son, Humbert R. (Rocky) Versace, grew up in Washington, D.C. with Henry Martin (Hank) Buchanan, a brother of political commentator and perennial presidential candidate Patrick Joseph (Pat) Buchanan. Rocky Versace was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on July 8, 2002, for service in Vietnam.
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Sally Field has admitted that she is embarrassed by her work in this series. She originally didn't want the role, but her stepfather, Jock Mahoney, convinced her to accept it for job security.
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Sally Field has admitted that she disliked the scripts so much that she refused to read them. She would learn her lines right before shooting each scene by looking at the script supervisor's script.
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Sister Jacqueline was a file clerk for an advertising firm before she became a nun.
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