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Former talkshow host Cobb dies

With husband Mike Wallace she fronted yakkers

CBS talkshow host Buff Cobb, who presided over such yakkers as “Mike and Buff” with then-husband Mike Wallace, died July 12 in Lebanon, N.H. She was 82.

Adapted from a Chicago radio show “Mike and Buff,” which aired live from Gotham in 1950-53, involved the couple discussing topics of the day and interviewing experts to settle their differences.

They also hosted “All Around Town” in 1951-52, another talkshow in which the couple went to social events and places like Coney Island and the New York City Ballet where they interviewed people.

From 1953-55 she was on a panel on an CBS quiz show, which later switched to ABC, called “Masquerade Party” in which members tried to guess the identity of costumed celebs.

Born Patrizia Cobb Chapman to a playwright mother and opera singer father, Cobb acted on stage, notably in a touring production of “Private Lives” with Tallulah Bankhead in 1946-48. She also had parts in films such as “Anna and the King of Siam.”

Later Cobb turned to producing, backing Broadway plays including a revival of George Bernard Shaw’s “Too Good to Be True,” which was Tony-nommed for best play in 1963; Jerry Devine’s “Never Live Over a Pretzel Factory” and “Children of the Wind.”

Survivors include a half-brother.

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