Wilbur Post had the best of both worlds: He was a newlywed who was married to a beautiful and loving wife, and he owned a talking horse.
Wilbur's new wife Carol was blonde and pretty and perky, but most of all she was understanding. How many young wives would tolerate a husband spending so much time in his office/barn with his horse?
Connie had a minor part in "Mister Ed" and her character never developed since most of the storylines focused on Wilbur and his talking horse. (Ed only spoke when he was alone with Wilbur). She told TV Guide that the acting job was nothing more than a "steady paycheck." But when she did appear on screen, Connie lit up the room with her beauty.
"I'm often asked if Connie Hines was really as beautiful in real life as she was on the show," co-star Alan Young said years later. "I tell them she's even prettier."
After she auditioned for "Mister Ed," she didn't have a phone in her apartment, so when her agent said the producers were going to call, she waited for the news at a gas station telephone for three hours.
"Mister Ed" was passed over by all three major networks before Filmways Productions decided to sell it to local TV stations. The pilot was called "The Wonderful World of Mr. Pope." The name was changed and the show became a hit, and was picked up by CBS in 1961.
"People had their fill of quiz shows and westerns," Young said. "So along came this show about a horse that talks. We thought it might be for kids mainly, but everybody adopted it."
Although Young was the actor who spent the most time with Ed (real name: Bamboo Harvester), Connie grew up around horses and was more comfortable with Ed.
A native of Dedham, Mass., Connie was the daughter of an actress mother and acting coach father. After her first marriage ended, she moved to New York to model. She landed a leading role in the series "Rendezvous," which was filmed in Europe.
"When I came back to New York, CBS told me I should go to Hollywood and would do well there," Connie told the Los
"So in 1959 with $200 in my pocket, and
armed with two letters of introduction, I flew to Hollywood."
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CONNIE HINES as Carol Post in "Mister Ed"
Young said Connie's job was "a tough chore. She was a girl married to a fellow listening to a horse. Her biggest line was 'Lunch is ready.' Connie never complained.
Young recalled to The Associated Press the day Connie auditioned: "I was one of the people in the room when we were auditioning for the part. When Connie walked in, we all just looked at each other before she even started speaking and said, 'This is the girl.' She just exuded something that we knew would make her perfect of the part."
Connie was credited in the TV shows "The Millionaire," "Sea Hunt," and "Riverboat," and she played a bad girl in "The Untouchables."
After "Mister Ed" ran for six seasons, Connie guest-starred in several TV shows before retiring from acting in 1971. She reunited with Young in 1996 to perform in a two-person play, "Love Letters," in Southern California.
Connie died of complications from heart problems in 2009 at age 78.