13 things we can thank Cathy for

Molly Dodd-
Even at 7, I loved Blair Brown's early 80's show "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd' about a single woman navigating both career and love's humiliating roadblocks. It had Cathy written all ... more 
Molly Dodd-
Even at 7, I loved Blair Brown's early 80's show "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd' about a single woman navigating both career and love's humiliating roadblocks. It had Cathy written all over it. (My mother should have been more concerned.) In one episode she went on a dinner date that she thought was going really well, only to discover she had a huge piece of spinach in her teeth. Ha! less 
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Thu, Oct 6, 2011 3:55 PM EDT
Cathy is best known as a cartoon character whose passion for chocolate and disdain for dressing rooms makes sweat spurt from her head. But she's so much more than that. After over 40 years decorating fridges and coffee mugs, the comic strip character is going into retirement.


But let the record show, it's not because she's too old. Cathy was always ahead of her time. She may be synonymous with an '80s female stereotype, developed in the dark ages of the career women. You know, the spinster with sweet tooth and mom guilt. She's pretty much the reason nobody's named their kid Cathy in 20 years. But that old stereotype really hit a nerve with women. And these days, it's worn like a badge of honor.


A single lady with a binge-eating problem is now the heroine of the best show on TV. And it only took 44 years. Slowly and steadily, just like her relationship with Irving (they married in 2004), Cathy has laid the groundwork for the hopeless romantic pitfalls and sky-high career strides of Liz Lemon. But there have been other contributions along the way. Consider a loosely chronological timeline of Cathy's donations to pop culture.