Monie Ellis is the latest in a long line of movie and TV "Gidgets" in Gidget Gets Married
. The title tells all: Francie "Gidget" Lawrence (Ellis) forsakes bikinis and surfboards for a wedding gown and corsage. Her husband, of course, is her faithful beau "Moondoggie," aka Jeff Stevens (Michael Burns
). But the course of true love steadfastly refuses to run smoothly, as Gidget tries to deal with the snobbish social hierarchy within her husband's family and business associates. As he did in 1970's Gidget Grows Up
, Paul Lynde steals the show as the waspish Louis B. Lattimer. Based on characters created by Frederick Kohner (whose own daughter was the model for the original Gidget), the made-for-TV Gidget Gets Married
premiered January 4, 1972.