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So I made this post about all the old news articles I'd tracked down about the early UNCLE girls – mostly just to say, damn, these nearly-forgotten bit characters actually got a lot of press back in the day, and here's a rough timeline to back that up. But when I came back to update it with some new links (turns out the archive I was using keeps adding new material), I'd slightly overrun the post limit (the post isn't that long, the table just takes a lot of css, which evidently counts). So, here's a new post for the updated table.

Links marked with a ▼ are shortcuts to where I've reproduced those articles in the other post. All other links go direct to the newspaper.com article page (though you'll only be able to see a thumbnail and OCR text without an account) – or you can just hover over the link to see a quote.

Links are organised by date – to put things in context, I've included a list of what episodes were in production and what was airing as all this news came out. Coloured text identifies each actress named and each episode they appeared in.

For example, you can see that news about Grace Lee's casting started coming out about the same time as they were shooting her first (and only) episode, whereas news about Leigh Chapman didn't start to appear until her first episode was about to air. Less than a month after the first news items (I can find) which mention Grace Lee's hiring for a continuing role, press releases were already starting to appear with Linda Ho's name taking the place of hers. Photos of Vaughn with both Lee and Heatherly nonetheless continued appearing in the press long after Lee had been replaced by Linda Ho, and often continued to carry captions suggesting both girls still had 'continuing roles' in the series. Occasional photos of Heatherly went right on appearing even after she, too, was gone, and Leigh Chapman seemed to have taken her place (a few such references even turned up in later years). Editors often didn't bother to check whether the captions supplied with the publicity photos were still accurate.

Basically, you could get a really skewed idea of who was still appearing in the show if you believed everything you read. The original UNCLE girls seriously were promoted a lot more widely than you might think.


In Production Airing News Item – About
May 27th Column – Film news, mentions hiring of May Heatherly
▼ 29th, Article ✶ – Hiring of May Heatherly, bulls
▼ 31st, Copy of ✶
Jun Iowa-Scuba 7th – Mention of Heatherly's casting
Brain-Killer
Neptune
Shark
Jul King of Knaves ▼ 5th, Article – Hiring of Grace Lee
Green Opal 7th – Mention of Grace Lee casting
Deadly Games 15th – Mention of Grace Lee casting
Aug Quadripartite ▼ 8th Column – UNCLE, photo Heatherly, mentions Linda Ho
Giuoco Piano 8th Column – TV News, mentions hiring of Lee & Heatherly
Dove 8th TV Week Cover Story – UNCLE hype, photo of Heatherly
Double 30th TV Mag Cover, pg2 – Vaughn with Heatherly & Lee
Sep Love 22nd Vulcan 6th – TV Guide Cover Photo
Project Strigas 29th Iowa-Scuba 12th Article – UNCLE, mentions Heatherly & Lee
▼ 18th – Article with mention of Heatherly and Linda Ho
20th – TV listing, mentions Heatherly & Lee
20th, 29th – Photos of Vaughn with Heatherly & Lee
22nd – Photo Heatherly & Vaughn
Oct Finny Foot 6th Quadripartite 6thHeatherly listed for Quadripartite
Yellow Scarf 13th Shark 4th – Photo of Heatherly & Vaughn, 10th – Photo Heatherly,
Terbuf 20th Deadly Games ▼ 17th, Article ◊ – Heatherly & bulls
27th Green Opal 18th – Article, photo Vaughn with Heatherly & Lee
▼ 24th Feature Article – UNCLE, mentions Heatherly
25th TV Week Cover – Vaughn with Heatherly & Lee
25rd, 30th ★ – Photos Heatherly TV listing
Nov Fiddlesticks ▼ 1st, Copy of ◊ & PhotoHeatherly & bulls
10th Giuoco Piano ▼ 1st Article – Mentions UNCLE, photo of Heatherly & Lee
17th Double ▼ 15th – Article with photo of Heatherly, mentions Linda Ho
24th Project Strigas 8th, 15th, 19th, 22nd, 26th, 29th – Photos of Heatherly
29th – Photo Vaughn with Heatherly
Dec Deadly Decoy 1st Finny Foot ▼ 4th, Copy of ◊ – Article about Heatherly & bulls
Secret Sceptre 8th Neptune
Mad Tea Party 15th Dove
Bow-Wow 22nd King of Knaves
29th Terbuf
Jan Four Steps 5th 10th – Photo, Vaughn w Heatherly & Lee
See Paris And Die 11th Deadly Decoy 16th, Copy of ★Heatherly appearing in UNCLE
Hong Kong Shilling 18th Fiddlesticks 23rd, PhotoHeatherly, caption about UNCLE
25th Yellow Scarf
Feb Never-Never 1st Mad Tea Party ▼ 6th, Article – Hiring of Leigh Chapman
Girls of Nazarone 8th Secret Sceptre 12th, PhotoChapman, caption about hiring for UNCLE
Gazebo-Maze 15th Bow-Wow 20th, PhotoChapman, caption about acting & writing
22nd Four Steps
Mar Odd Man 1st See Paris And Die 6th, PhotoChapman, short caption about UNCLE
8th Brain-Killer ▼ 7th, Article+Photo † – Chapman writing/acting & UNCLE
15th Hong Kong Shilling 13th, Copy of †Chapman
22nd Never-Never 14rd – Article about Vaughn in UNCLE, photo of Heatherly
29th Love
Apr 5th Gazebo-Maze 11th, Photo ‡ – Chapman, short caption
12th Girls of Nazarone 12th, Copy of ‡Chapman
19th Odd Man ▼ 16th, Article+PhotoChapman, UNCLE, acting & writing
May 9th, 28th – Photo, Heatherly in TV listings
30th, Feature PhotoChapman, UNCLE, acting & writing
June 6th, PhotoHeatherly, caption about UNCLE
6th, PhotoChapman, caption about UNCLE
July ▼ 4th - Independence Day
▼ 4th, Extended Article+PhotoChapman, writing & acting
31th – Photo Heatherly TV listing

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mrua7
Jul. 15th, 2017 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting, great details!

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