Iconic Moments: Mindy Cohn, Tony Danza, and Robert Pine Illuminate The Hollywood Show

It’s been a cherished tradition of mine to attend the Hollywood Show, a journey that began back in 2012 when I had the pleasure of meeting icons like Antonio Sabato Jr. and Tracey Gold, marking the inception of my first blog about the event. Subsequent years brought memorable encounters with C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Virginia Madsen, and Debbie Gibson in 2013, solidifying my passion for pop culture. Now, as I reflect on nearly a decade immersed in this vibrant world, the excitement of meeting and conversing with the stars of my youth continues to bring me immense joy. Just recently, on March 2nd, I had the privilege of reconnecting with some beloved ’80s celebrities in Burbank – including Mindy Cohn from “Facts of Life,” Tony Danza from “Who’s the Boss,” and Robert Pine from “Chips.” These television icons graciously shared their insights on attending the Hollywood Show, reflections on their extensive TV careers, and heartfelt words for their fans.

Mindy Cohn from Facts of Life enjoyed meeting fans at the Hollywood Show on March 2, 2024 in Burbank - Popbuff.com
Mindy Cohn as Natalie, Facts of Life

(Left) Popbuff blogger Ruchel Freibrun and (right) Mindy Cohn as the voice of Velma in Scooby Doo and Natalie in The Facts of Life - Popbuff.com
With blogger Ruchel

Mindy Cohn is widely recognized for her iconic portrayal of the irrepressible and funny Natalie Green in the beloved sitcom “The Facts of Life,” a role she inhabited from 1979 to 1988. Additionally, she gained further acclaim for lending her voice to the character Velma Dinkley in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 2002 to 2015. Beyond her notable roles, Cohn’s versatile talent has led her to various guest appearances in popular television shows. According to Wikipedia, “In 1986, Cohn appeared in The Boy Who Could Fly. She also had guest appearances in other popular TV shows, including Charles in Charge, and two guest appearances in the second season of the cop drama 21 Jump Street. In 2004 Cohn appeared in the WB comedy The Help. On October 29, 2010, Cohn appeared on the Season 8 premiere of TLC’s What Not to Wear. And on July 13, 2011, she appeared in an episode of Hot in Cleveland.”
Mindy Cohn’s multifaceted career has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry, earning her recognition and adoration from audiences worldwide.
When I approached Mindy’s autograph booth, she was conversing with Chris Atkins. She mentioned that they had been co-stars in movies and hadn’t spoken in a while.

Popbuff blogger Ruchel Freibrun and Mindy Cohn at the Hollywood Show March 2, 2024 - Popbuff.com

(Right) Popbuff blogger Ruchel Freibrun and (left) Mindy Cohn from the 8sTV Show the  "Facts of Life" - Popbuff.com

Ruchel: What’s your favorite part of being here at The Hollywood Show?
Mindy: Meeting the fans.
Ruchel: What insights have you gained from your long-spanning career on television, playing Natalie in “The Facts of Life,” and your portrayal of Velma in the animated “Scooby-Doo” series?”
Mindy: That the best is yet to come. Have a new series “Palm Royale” streaming on Apple in three weeks. The cast includes Kristen Wiig and Carol Burnett and Josh Lucas and me and Allison Janney, and Laura Dern. It’s gonna be amazing.
Ruchel: What do you want to say to your fans?
Mindy: Thank you for being so loyal and loving and sharing your life with me.

Tony Danza from the TV show "Taxi" and "Who's The Boss?" signed autographs and chatted with the fans at The Hollywood Show on March 2, 2024 - Popbuff.com
Tony Danza from “Who’s The Boss”

Tony Danza
Tony Danza gained recognition for his role in the television series “Taxi,” but it was his iconic portrayal of Tony Micelli in “Who’s the Boss?” (1984–1992) that solidified his status as a pop culture phenomenon. This role earned him nominations for an Emmy Award and four Golden Globe Awards. In recognition of his contributions to the television industry, Danza was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in 1988.

As I visited his meet-and-greet area, he was conversing with every fan. While autographing a photo for one fan, he casually mentioned his age in relation to that particular picture. He was nice to each fan, engaging in small talk with them.

Popbuff blogger Ruchel Freibrun with Tony Danza, the main star of "Who's The Boss" at the Hollywood Show, March 2, 2024 in Burbank - Popbuff.com
Popbuff blogger Ruchel Freibrun with Tony Danza

Ruchel: What’s your favorite part of being here in the Hollywood Show?
Tony: The people. The people who are incredibly kind to say how much they love the stuff I’ve done. I have to tell you it’s just really good for the soul.
Ruchel: What have you learned from your TV career or just being in showbiz for a long time?
Tony: I’ve learned that you have to be able to roll with the punches and you have to never stop trying.
Ruchel: What do you want to say to the fans?
Tony: Thanks. Thank you!

Robert Pine Sgt. Joseph Getraer of "ChiPs", Hollywood Show, March 2, 2024 - Popbuff.com
Robert Pine of “ChiPs”

Robert Pine

If you’re a Gen Xer, Robert Pine’s role in the hugely popular late ’70s/early ’80s show “CHiPs” will likely resonate with you. The show was such a sensation during my junior high years that it became a hot topic of discussion the following day. Even our parents tuned in to watch. Robert Pine was one of the key figures on the show, portraying Sgt. Joseph Getraer. Additionally, he’s recognized as the father of the talented actor Chris Pine.

Popbuff blogger Ruchel Freibrun and "CHiPs" actor RObert Pine at the Hollywood Show March 2, 2024 - Popbuff.com
Ruchel with Robert Pine

Popbuff blogger Ruchel Freibrun interviews Robert Pine, actor from "CHiPs" at the Hollywood Show, March 3, 2024 - Popbuff.com

Ruchel: What’s your favorite part of being here in the Hollywood Show?
Robert: Well, is to meet all the fans. I do enjoy talking with them and seeing old friends. I’ve seen Joan Collins who I did a movie with a thousand years ago. Just all these people … Tony Danza, we were in acting class together years ago and Lonnie Anderson we go back a long way. It’s just a lot of old friends.
Ruchel: What’s your favorite moment of shooting CHiPs?
Robert: Well, I think when I directed an episode in the fifth season, I had a lot of fun doing that. And I directed another one in our sixth season, but all the administration had changed and a different producer and I didn’t like that anywhere near as much.
Ruchel: Any words for the fans?
Robert: Thank you very much because I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you if there weren’t a lot of those fans out there and it was the first thing that brought my name to prominence “ChiPs”. Before that, I’d done a lot of work, but I was a guest star and stuff like that. Without the fans, I wouldn’t be here.

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