TV SITCOM STAR, DON DEFORE ALMOST CUT HIS FINGER OFF, AND HOW THEY COVERED THE PROBLEM FOR THE TV VIEWING AUDIENCE

TV LAND IS ANOTHER WORLD.

WHEN THE REAL WORLD & THE "TV LAND WORLD" COLLIDE - LIES HAVE TO BE TOLD.

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THE 1960s TV PROGRAM, HAZEL HAD AN EXCELLENT ENSEMBLE CAST.

SHIRLEY BOOTH WAS AN ACCOMPLISHED SCREEN ACTRESS, PRIOR TO THE ROLE OF HAZEL.

DON DEFORE WAS ALSO A MOVIE VETERAN & WAS A REGULAR ON OZZIE & HARRIET'S TV SHOW.





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During the summer of 1961, Don Defore almost cut his finger completely off. Mr. Defore was an accomplished carpenter, and he made most of the furniture in his Brentwood, California home. A short time after filming began for his new TV series Hazel, a real life accident occurred when he was playing the role of a carpenter in a "real world" activity.

Defore was used to using a 7 inch saw blade, but had supposedly bought a 9 inch blade by accident. The different size of the blade meant that his hand was far too close to the spinning blade. His ring finger was sliced almost 100% through. Excellent surgeons were able to save the finger by utilizing a lot of metal rods.

A few weeks later, in the "TV Land" world, the bandaged hand was explained differently. Since Defore was playing a lawyer, and more than likely, he never would have been close to a saw blade, the writers had to explain the injury in a typical Hazel TV show method. Hazel always had the upper hand over her supposed boss - physically and mentally. The injury was explained by an event where Hazel had powerfully driven a line drive baseball towards Defore's character, and he had tried to catch the ball barehanded.

Watch the 1 minute clip, and find out what happened when the "real world" collided with the "TV Land" world.

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