A scene from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
Louise Lasser played the role of beleaguered housewife Mary Hartman on the television soap opera Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, directed by Norman Lear. In this clip, Mary is interviewed on The David Susskind Show as “America’s typical consumer housewife.” When the interviewers start to grill her on her sex life and whether she feels “fulfilled,” she begins to panic. “She stutters, leans over to whisper to the talk show host that she had expected to talk about her favorite household products, and then, flummoxed by the barrage of questions, unintentionally divulges that her husband is impotent. At this point, in an almost too-painful-to-watch climax, she turns to face the camera, makes a wiping motion with her hand, and then, in a flat, atonal way, using the kind of voice you might use if you were addressing a voice-operated machine, says, ‘Erase. Erase.'” Read more on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman here.