Wendy Liebman on the Monkees, SNL's 40th


When Wendy Liebman was young, she was limited to one hour of TV watching per day. "I would beg my mom to let me stay up and watch The Monkees," she says.

Like many young girls of that era, including Marcia Brady, she developed a crush on Davy Jones.

"I was six or seven, and my mom bought me the Davy Jones costume to wear on Halloween," she recalls. "I remember saying, 'I don't want to be Davy Jones, I want to be with Davy Jones.' I have managed to meet two of the Monkees since then."

Years later, she became friendly with Monkee Mickey Dolenz and attended his wedding, where she finally met Davy.

"You know what? He didn't do it for me anymore," she says. "I love Mickey, though."

She's still a fan to this day. "I think there's still movement to get them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," she says. "But some people don't consider them to be 'real' musicians, which they certainly are. Mickey has a new CD out, and it's really beautiful. He sounds better than ever."

Thinking back, she also recalls being a fan of another musically inspired sitcom, The Partridge Family. "I didn't like David Cassidy though," she points out, he being one the big teen idols of the early 1970s. "I liked Danny Bonaduce. I just thought he was so funny."

It was Saturday Night Live, however, that would help shape her future.

"We just watched the 40th anniversary special, and I can't believe how talented and funny everyone still is. We laughed for three hours straight."

Liebman has watched the show from the beginning. "I remember watching Richard Pryor on my black-and-white TV, sitting on the shag carpet," she says. "No! I was standing, because I couldn't believe what I was watching. It was the funniest thing I had ever seen, and the world stood still. I couldn't wait for the next week, not realizing it was going to be a different host. But that rocked my world. That and Elton John's 'Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting.'"

Ironically, it was a sitcom that brought her and her husband together. "He was hired to write a sitcom for me, and when I went to meet him he couldn't stand up because his legs were all wobbly," she says. "It was love at first sight for me too. He says I complete him. Well, I finish his sentences."


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