Skip to comments.Norma Zimmer, TV's 'Champagne Lady,' dies at 87
Posted on 05/11/2011 9:31:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
LOS ANGELES Norma Zimmer, the "Champagne Lady" of TV's "The Lawrence Welk Show" and a studio singer who worked with Frank Sinatra and other pop stars, has died. She was 87.
Zimmer died peacefully Tuesday at her Brea, Calif., home, Welk's son, Larry, said Wednesday. Larry Welk didn't know the cause of death but said Zimmer had been living an active life in recent years.
"She was one of the most gracious, likable people that anyone could ever meet. The other people on the show, to this day, just respect and love her," Larry Welk said.
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My Aunt and Norma Zimmer were friends..My aunt will be thrilled to see her again.My aunt died in 2000...I have pictures of them together.She indeed was a gracious lady.
Oh wow, just seeing her name brings back such memories of my grandparents. I instantly smelled my grandfather’s tobacco. We always watched the show together, and listened to all the albums. I LOVED Norma Zimmer when I was little. I thought she and Julie Andrews were the most beautiful women I’d ever seen. I’m glad she is with the Lord. She was such a powerful witness for Christ.
My parents had 2 favorites. Lawrence Welk and Hee Haw. They’d have a glass of buttermilk with cornbread during the show. Those memories sadden me now. As an earlier post pointed out...”A cop hating rapper just performed in our White House”.
My folks never could’ve imagined such an atrocity.
He had a hard time accepting that.
Of course he did. He was a good, moral man.
We’ve gone to hell.
Our poor kids.
I have a little 13 month old grandson. I try not to think of what he’s going to face. We must keep up the fight for them.
Not that this will surprise anyone, but a lovelier, more kind and gracious, down-to-earth lady you could never hope to meet.
Rest in peace, Norma.
I get all choked up just thinking about it...
I used to watch Lawrence Welk with my grandma, who has now been dead for nearly 13 years. I must have been about 7 years old.
When my oldest child was a toddler, we were at the local town to watch fireworks, and he was fussy, and I started to sing him the “Goodnight” song, and an older lady looked at me in amazement that I could possibly know it.
I hated the LW show when I was a kid. Now every so often I watch it and enjoy it, especially the older shows. I wish they would run reruns with the the Lennon Sisters. When they were on I was really young and liked them. Norma sure was angelic like.
RIP Norma....I remember watching you on tv with my parents. You always looked beautiful.
You mean the "luffly" Lennon sisters.
When I was a kid, I wondered why “Choe” Feeney had such a strange first name...
A few weeks ago we were keeping our 3 year old granddaughter for the weekend, and she's a never ending bundle of energy and excitement. As I was flipping the channels, and as she was running around and playing between me and the TV, I came across one of those old episodes. I told my wife let's conduct a little experiment and see if that show would have the same effect on our granddaughter as it did on our kids, so I left the TV on that show. In less than five minutes our granddaughter who had been running around the room like a wild indian (yes, I'm un-PC) was sitting cross-legged on the floor absolutely mezmerized by the show from start to finish, just like our kids were 20+ years ago.
I'd challenge other FReepers to try this little experiment with their young kids or grandkids and report back their results. I've decided that the show is a shock to kids systems today because it projects an atmosphere of civility, calmness, and beautiful music and talent that is so antithetical to what kids are exposed to in today's crude, coarse, and vulgar entertainment environment.
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