It's A Family Affair
Written by Rebeka Knott
In 1966, the sitcom Family Affair won the hearts of TV viewers when three cute orphaned children from Indiana come to live with their well-to-do Uncle Bill and his British butler, Mr. French, in Manhattan.
When Bill's brother Bob and sister-in-law Mary die in an car wreck, "Uncle Bill" is not happy with the idea at first, but the kids eventually endear themselves to him. Mr. French is mortified by the situation initially, but he gradually becomes the children's nanny on top of his valet duties. And they all became one big happy family!
Sadly, the show’s cast has had several deaths over the years: Anissa Jones (who played Buffy) died by an overdose of sleeping pills in 1976 at the age of 18. Sebastian Cabot (Mr. French) died of a stroke in 1977 at the age of 59. And Brian Keith (Uncle Bill) committed suicide in 1997, at the age of 75, two months after the suicide of his daughter.