Marilu Henner reveals superior memory of all things Marilu Henner
Marilu Henner knows what you did last summer -- as long as you spent the summer with Marilu Henner. The "Taxi" sitcom star, seen most recently on "Numb3rs," has a "superior autobiographical memory," she said Monday on "The Early Show."
Henner, 58, was among a handful of similarly skilled people profiled on "60 Minutes" Sunday night. "We have a certain area of our brains that's larger than most people's," she explained. "But, I know that it's also been a muscle that I've exercised."
Henner was quizzed on "60 Minutes," and passed with flying colors. According to a neurologist on the show, folks with this skill are right about 99% of the time.
For example, what was she up to Oct. 26, 1976, asked Leslie Stahl (who'd just been reminded of what Henner ordered when they shared a meal in 1993)? "1976 was a Tuesday," Henner said. "Oh, I went to shoot a ring-around-the-collar commercial in Venice, Italy."
"That's it," Stahl said.
"And you saw a second-and-a-half mood shot of Venice and then a gondolier singing, 'Of Love I Sing, tra-la-la-la, for you got ring around the coll-la-la.' And I went, 'My powder didn't work.'"
(This revelation does put a new spin on her red carpet appearance at the "How Do You Know" premiere last week. How do you know? Well, duh.)
Henner's book "An Unforgettable Life -- Yours: Lessons Learned from an Autobiographical Memory," is due out in spring.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Actress Marilu Henner arrives at the premiere of Columbia Pictures' "How Do You Know" at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood on Dec. 13. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images