Happy Homemaker, The

The celebrity nickname of Sue Ann Nivens (Betty White), the host of a  Minneapolis TV cooking show “The Happy Homemaker” produced by WJM-TV Channel 12 on the sitcom THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW /CBS/1970-77.

Sue Ann Nivens is a promiscuous female in her late 40s who uses her culinary expertise to create such savory delights as a multi-tiered low-cal wedding cake with only 82 calories. When not on the air, Sue Ann cruised the hallways of WJM-TV looking for a man to seduce.

A frequent target of her affections was blustery news producer Lou Grant (Ed Asner), who finally succumbed to Sue Ann’s man-hungry ways, much to his regret.

At the close of each segment of “The Happy Homemaker Show,” Sue Ann signed-off with such life-affirming sentiments as “A woman who does a good job in the kitchen is sure to reap her rewards in other parts of the house.”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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