This was one of my favorite sets as Gillian Dobbs was one of my favorite actresses. I first met her in 1975 when I designed the sets and lighting for "The Music Man" at the main theatre here in Honolulu just up the hill from the film studio. Trust me, she wasn't acting--Gillian WAS Agatha! Not that she wasn't a good actress, but her character really was herself in real life. I don't think the producers really knew what to do with her. She was a bit odd, but a perfect romantic foil for the stout and dour Higgins. She lived here in Honolulu. Other guest actors and actresses were always picked up at their hotel and driven to and from the studio. I would see Gillian sitting outside the studio on a concrete bench waiting for her bus that went by the facility on 18th Avenue. She never complained, but I always felt sorry for her. In this business, the squeaky wheel gets the oil and Gillian never squeaked very much. After the show she didn't do anything that I was aware of. Marco my Magnum expert told me she had passed away. Her character of Agatha will live on!
Here are some photos of her living room. There is much to tell about this set and I will have to do that in 2 parts. As you can see, there are some photos of some of the carpenters actually building this set. My only complaint was about the fireplace. I think it was left over from another set but it seemed so dark and rustically inappropriate for the more fussy feminine nature of this set. Well, with all that I packed into this set, it wasn't all that noticeable!