FUNNY FACE/CBS/1971 (Eye Injury)
Actress Sandy Duncan while filming her Emmy award nominated role as Sandy Stockton, a UCLA student and struggling actress, (a.k.a. “Funny Face”) suffered severe headaches during the shooting of the 13th show. Physicians discovered a fibroid tumor the size of a walnut behind her left eye pressing against her optic nerve.
During a lengthy operation at UCLA Medical Center on November 1, 1971, doctors removed a portion of her skull and cut away the growth. She sailed through the procedure but lost the vision in her left eye.
Ms. Duncan later starred in THE SANDY DUNCAN SHOW/CBS/1972 continuing her role as the cute, perky Sandy Stockton with the pixie blond haircut.
In later years, she appeared as Missy Anne on the miniseries ROOTS/ABC/1977-78; and in a number of musical revivals of such shows as The Music Man, The Sound of Music, The Boy Friend, and Peter Pan. She also appeared as a TV commercial spokesperson for Nabisco’s Wheat Thin crackers.
In 1987, she took over the reins of the sitcom THE HOGAN FAMILY/NBC/CBS/1986-91 as divorced school counselor, Sandy Hogan.
As of the 2014/2015 season of the legal drama LAW AND ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, Sandy Duncan appeared on the series as Judge Virginia Farrell.
Note: Duncan’s tumor operation gave rise to the rumor that her eye had been removed and consequently, she wore a fake eye as a replacement.
Duncan and her alleged glass eye are mentioned in the song “You’ve Got a Lot to See” on the episode “Brian Wallows and Peter’s Swallows” on the cartoon series FAMILY GUY.
On the episode “Jungle Love” both Peter Griffin and Glenn Quagmire were seen playing the part of Duncan’s glass eye.