Anne Miyamoto for Calgon

Despite a career that encompassed the Broadway stage, writing award-winning fiction, and lecturing at universities, Japanese-American actress Anne Miyamoto will be best remembered by most, for her role as the laundry owner’s wife who revealed her husband’s “ancient Chinese secret” in the above TV commercial for Calgon water softener.

Anne passed away in September of this year. Her obituary in the New York Times wouldn’t have been complete without mentioning the line spoken during the 30-second spot, that became one of the most iconic US TV commercial phrases of the 1970s. Just too bad she didn’t wait until after the customer left before telling her husband they needed more Calgon, thus saving him embarrassment.

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