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2. Lisa Got Goofier Over the Years

Eva Gabor played Lisa Douglas and fans noted that during the first half of the first season Lisa wasn’t as goofy as in the rest of the series. For example, the actress’ Hungarian accent was played up with the mispronunciation of words like “electrisicals”—electricity, and “Hootersville”—(Hooterville) later on. The running theory was that in Hooterville Lisa adapted to the overall silly vibe of the townsfolk, while in New York’s high society, she needed to affect the charms of a sophisticated and intelligent woman. Here’s what was really up: Producers had no clue if American audiences would understand Gabor’s thick accent, so they tested her reception first before throwing it into the mix.

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