Mary Tyler Moore's passing last week dominated the headlines, though the death of Mannix star Mike Connors at 91 garnered its sharel. Connors became immortal over eight seasons (1967-75) portraying tough LA private detective Joe Mannix. The show, full of violence and car chases.  In 1970 actress Gail Fisher (1935-2000) became the first African-American actress to win a Best Supporting Actress Emmy for her role as Mannix's secretary Peggy Fair. The show's creator, Bruce Geller, also created Mission Impossible, both  produced by Desilu Productions.

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