I'm a Big Girl Now

I'm a Big Girl Now is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from October 31, 1980 until May 8, 1981. The series, from Soap creator Susan Harris and producers Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas, was created and developed as a starring vehicle for Diana Canova, in an attempt to capitalize on her success playing Corinne Tate Flotsky on Soap. The theme song, "I'm a Big Girl Now", words by Leslie Bricusse and music by George Aliceson Tipton, is sung by Canova.

I'm a Big Girl Now
Created bySusan Harris
StarringDiana Canova
Danny Thomas
Rori King
Sheree North
Martin Short
Michael Durrell
Deborah Baltzell
Opening theme"I'm a Big Girl Now" performed by Diana Canova
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes19
Executive producer(s)Paul Junger Witt
Tony Thomas
Susan Harris
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Original networkABC
Original release31 October 1980 –
8 May 1981


Canova starred as Diana Cassidy, a young divorcee and mother who, along with her daughter Becky, moves back home with her recently single father Benjamin, played by Danny Thomas.[1]



  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 571. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.

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1980–81 United States network television schedule

This was the television schedule for the three United States commercial television networks, for the fall season beginning in September 1980. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New series are highlighted in bold.

Each of the 30 highest-rated shows is listed with its rank and rating as determined by Nielsen Media Research.

Yellow indicates the programs in the top 10 for the season.

Cyan indicates the programs in the top 20 for the season.

Magenta indicates the programs in the top 30 for the season.PBS is not included; member stations have local flexibility over most of their schedules and broadcast times for network shows may vary.

Note: An actors' strike hindered the ability to start airing shows in a timely manner. The shows in the schedule were the first to air new episodes in their respective time periods as they bowed in between late August and December 31, 1980. Some of the new shows intended for a fall launch did not debut until 1982 or 1983, if at all.

Adrian Zmed

Adrian George Zmed (born March 14, 1954) is an American actor, singer and television personality, noted for the roles of Johnny Nogerelli in Grease 2 and Officer Vince Romano in the T.J. Hooker television series.

Diana Canova

Diana Canova (born June 1, 1953) is an American actress, director, and professor.

George Tipton

George Aliceson Tipton (January 23, 1932 – February 12, 2016) was an American composer, musical arranger and conductor, who is well known for his work in television and for his collaborations with singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson.

Among Tipton's works are the themes for the TV shows Soap and its spinoff Benson, It's a Living, I'm a Big Girl Now and Empty Nest, plus incidental music for numerous shows, including The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Soap, Mulligan's Stew, The Love Boat, Heartland, The Golden Girls and The Golden Palace. He also wrote the score for the film Badlands (1973), and for the television movies Home for the Holidays (1972), The Affair (1973), The Stranger Who Looks Like Me (1974), The Gun and the Pulpit (1974), Hit Lady (1974), Red Alert (1977), The Gift (1979) and Gidget's Summer Reunion (1985).

His arranging and conducting credits include numerous hits by Jan and Dean, The Sunshine Company and Jose Feliciano's hit cover version of "Light My Fire" by The Doors. He was one of the main arrangers on the albums of Leonard Nimoy during the late 1960s. Tipton is arguably best known in the pop-rock field for his work as an arranger on singles and albums recorded by singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson during the most productive phase of his career in the 1960s and early 1970s. They met ca. 1964 through music publisher Perry Botkin, Jr., where Tipton worked as a copyist and their collaboration began when Tipton put up his life's savings ($2,500) to arrange and record four Nilsson tracks which they sold to Tower, a sub-label of Capitol Records; these tracks were subsequently included on the Spotlight on Nilsson LP. Tipton went on to arrange Nilsson's acclaimed early albums for RCA Records (1967–71), as well as his classic single "Everybody's Talkin'" (which won a Grammy Award), the Skidoo soundtrack, and Nilsson's music for the TV series The Courtship of Eddie's Father and the animated feature The Point!. In 1970 Tipton recorded a (now rare) LP of instrumental interpretations of Nilsson's music, Nilsson by Tipton (Warner Bros. Records, 1970) which featured cover illustrations by Dean Torrence. However Tipton and Nilsson had an unexplained falling-out, and Tipton reportedly refused to be involved in the 2010 documentary on Nilsson's life and career.

Tipton died in 2016 at age 84.

Hairspray (2002 album)

Hairspray: Original Broadway Cast Recording is the cast album for the 2002 musical Hairspray. The show is an adaptation of the 1988 film of the same name. It features performances from the show's cast, which includes Harvey Fierstein, Linda Hart, Dick Latessa, Kerry Butler, Clarke Thorell, Mary Bond Davis, Laura Bell Bundy, Matthew Morrison, Corey Reynolds, and Marissa Jaret Winokur as the lead character of Tracy Turnblad. The cast recording earned the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Hairspray (2007 film)

Hairspray is a 2007 musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters's 1988 comedy film of the same name. The film was a British-American venture produced by Ingenious Media and Zadan/Meron Productions. Adapted from both Waters's 1988 script and Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell's book for the stage musical by screenwriter Leslie Dixon, the 2007 film version of Hairspray was directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman and has an ensemble cast including John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, Allison Janney, and Nikki Blonsky in her feature film debut. Set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, the film follows the "pleasantly plump" teenager Tracy Turnblad as she pursues stardom as a dancer on a local TV show and rallies against racial segregation.

The film began development in 2004, and Dixon reworked Meehan and O'Donnell's first draft of the screenplay to tone down the musical's campiness. In 2005, Shankman agreed to direct the film. Composer/lyricist Marc Shaiman and lyricist Scott Wittman reworked their songs from the Broadway musical for the film's soundtrack, and also wrote four new songs for the film. Principal photography commenced in September 2006 with a budget of $75 million, and ended in December of that year; filming took place on locations in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and on soundstages at Toronto's Showline Studios. Recording sessions for the film's songs and soundtrack took place in Los Angeles, California in the United States.

Hairspray premiered on July 13, 2007 at the Mann Village Theater and was released on July 20, 2007 in the United Kingdom and the United States. The film was a critical and financial success, breaking the record for biggest sales at opening weekend for a movie musical, which the film held until July 2008 when it was surpassed by Mamma Mia! and later High School Musical 3: Senior Year in October. Hairspray went on to become the tenth highest grossing musical film in US cinema history, behind the film adaptations of Grease, Chicago, and Mamma Mia!, and stands as one of the most critically and commercially successful musical films of the last decade. Available in a variety of formats, Hairspray's Region 1 home video release took place on November 20, 2007. USA Network purchased the broadcast rights to Hairspray and was scheduled to debut the film on cable television in February 2010, but in the end it did not broadcast that month, instead the film was pushed back and premiered on USA on July 24, 2010, with sister channel Bravo also showing it multiple times, and in February 2011 aired on ABC for over-the-air broadcasts.

Hairspray (2007 soundtrack)

Hairspray: Soundtrack to the Motion Picture is the soundtrack album for the 2007 New Line Cinema musical film Hairspray. The film is an adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, itself adapted from John Waters's original 1988 film. It features performances from the film's cast, which includes John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, and Nikki Blonsky as the lead character of Tracy Turnblad.

The album has sold upwards of 1,200,000 copies in the USA, and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Hairspray (musical)

Hairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on John Waters’s 1988 film of the same name. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful group of characters, leading to social change as Tracy campaigns for the show's integration.

In 2003 it won eight Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical, out of 13 nominations. It ran for 2,642 performances, and closed on January 4, 2009. Hairspray has also had national tours, a West End production, and numerous foreign productions and was adapted as a 2007 musical film. The London production was nominated for a record-setting eleven Laurence Olivier Awards, winning four, including Best New Musical.

Haylie Duff

Haylie Katherine Duff (born February 19, 1985) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, television host, writer, and fashion designer. She is best known for her role as Sandy Jameson in the television series 7th Heaven, Amy Sanders in Lizzie McGuire, Summer Wheatley in Napoleon Dynamite, and Annie Nelson in the made-for-television films Love Takes Wing along with its sequel Love Finds a Home. She is also the older sister of American singer and actress Hilary Duff.

He's No Heavy, He's My Brother

He's No Heavy, He's My Brother may refer to:

"He's No Heavy... He's My Brother", an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

"He's No Heavy, He's My Brother", an episode of Check It Out!He's Not Heavy, He's My Brother may refer to:

"He's Not Heavy, He's My Brother-in-Law", an episode of The Bounder

"He's Not Heavy, He's My Half-Brother", an episode of One on One

"He's Not Heavy, He's Neal's Brother", an episode of I'm a Big Girl Now

Joan Kennedy (musician)

Joan Kennedy (born in Douglas Harbour, New Brunswick, Canada) is a female country music singer. She came to fame after winning the Canadian National Talent Contest in 1983 and issued her first album, I'm a Big Girl Now, the following year in 1984. After two more albums in 1985 and 1987, she signed with MCA Records and issued two albums, 1990's Candle in the Window and 1992's Higher Ground. In 2000, Kennedy released A Dozen Red Roses, a greatest hits album. During the early 90's, she had her own syndicated weekly television show in Canada. She now resides in Portland, Maine.

List of Billboard number-one singles of 1946

This is a list of number-one songs in the United States during the year 1946 according to Billboard magazine. Prior to the creation of the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard published multiple singles charts each week. In 1946, the following three charts were produced:

Best Sellers in Stores – ranked the biggest selling singles in retail stores, as reported by merchants surveyed throughout the country.

Most Played by Jockeys – ranked the most played songs on United States radio stations, as reported by radio disc jockeys and radio stations.

Most Played in Jukeboxes – ranked the most played songs in jukeboxes across the United States.Alongside these charts and three other composite charts the Billboard Honor Roll of Hits was published as the predecessor to the modern Billboard Hot 100.

Nancy Norman

Nancy Norman (born Florence Berman on April 23, 1925 in Los Angeles, California) is an American vocalist.

Nancy Norman studied voice while attending Roosevelt High School. Then, World War II erupted. Many of her classmates of Japanese descent, along with their families, were sent to relocation facilities outside of Los Angeles. During this time, Nancy learned that the renowned "Swing and Sway" big band leader Sammy Kaye was going to be holding a contest in Los Angeles. She entered the Who Wants to Sing With the Band contest and Sammy Kaye was so impressed with Nancy that he immediately signed her on as one of his "girl singers" in his "Swing and Sway" band. At just 4’11”, barely 100lbs, and only 16 years old, "Little Nancy Norman" as she was frequently introduced, was underaged and had to be accompanied by her mother when she traveled back to New York City, as well as traveling to other cities with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra.

Miss Norman was Sammy Kaye’s lead female singer from 1942 to 1945. Hits featuring Nancy Norman's vocals in the 1940s include: Chickery Chick, Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week), and There Will Never Be Another You. Norman had three songs in the Top 10 according to Billboard’s top jukebox played songs. Chickery Chick spent four and a half months on the charts, and one month at the top of the charts in 1945, an impressive feat for this young singer. Nancy Norman also introduced several classic songs such as You'll Never Know, and As Time Goes By. She performed with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra across the country including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia. However, following one performance in Boston, Massachusetts with her suggestive rendition of I'm A Big Girl Now, Miss Norman fell to the fate of being "banned in Boston" from ever again performing in that city.

In 1948 Nancy Norman married Robert Jacobs and relocated back to Beverly Hills, California. She still resides in her native Los Angeles in the same Westside home that she and her husband built shortly after their marriage. Miss Norman had three children.

Ray McKinley

Ray McKinley (June 18, 1910 – May 7, 1995) was an American jazz drummer, singer, and bandleader.

Rebecca Balding

Rebecca Balding (born September 21, 1955) is an American actress who is probably best known for her appearances on Soap and Charmed.

Ricki Lake

Ricki Pamela Lake (born September 21, 1968) is an American actress, television presenter and producer. Lake is best known for her lead role as Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 film Hairspray. She is also known for her talk show which was broadcast internationally from September 1993 until May 2004. When Lake's show debuted, she was 24 and credited as being the youngest person to host a syndicated talk show at the time. In autumn 2012, Lake embarked on a second syndicated talk show project The Ricki Lake Show (dubbed as The New Ricki Lake Show), which aired on weekdays. The series was canceled in 2013 after a single season, but Lake won her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

Sheree North

Sheree North (born Dawn Shirley Crang; January 17, 1932 – November 4, 2005) was an American actress, dancer and singer, known for being one of 20th Century-Fox's intended successors to Marilyn Monroe.

Welcome to the 60's

"Welcome to the 60's" is a song from the musical Hairspray. it is performed by Tracy Turnblad, Edna Turnblad, Mr. Pinky, and a Greek chorus consisting of three African-American stylists entitled the Dynamites.

Without Love (Hairspray song)

"Without Love" is a song from the musical Hairspray. It is a quartet song performed by Tracy, Link, Penny, and Seaweed, and is inspired by the duets of Motown artists Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell.

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