What you may not know about Boulder’s most well-known residence
This renowned house, located at 1619 Pine St., just a few blocks from the Pearl Street Mall, is a favorite Boulder site, especially among fans of the 1970s comedy “Mork and Mindy.” It was the residence of the character Mindy.
“Mork & Mindy” was a popular sitcom in the late 1970’s. It started Robin Williams’ and co-star Pam Dawber’s careers. Miss Dawber portrayed “Mindy,” a college student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, while Williams portrayed an alien from the planet Ork, dubbed “Mork from Ork.”
Numerous outside scenes were shot in and around Boulder, Colorado throughout the series, notably for the opening and closing credits. Additionally, several stock pictures for establishing location (or bump shots, as they’re referred to in the “business”), include the exteriors of Mindy’s boarding house, the Pearl St. Mall in downtown Boulder, where Mindy’s father ran a record store, and the CU campus itself.
The series was shot on a Southern California soundstage in front of a studio audience, but they returned to Boulder on a few occasions to shoot exterior sequences.
- Jay Leno auditioned for the show but was told his face would “scare children.”
- William Shatner appeared on the show and was paid in clothing.
- Mork was inspired by ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.
- The show was almost called ‘Mork & Melissa’ and ‘Mork & Marlo.’
- Pam Dawber refused to wear a padded bra.
- Williams was “the only alien to audition.”
- Robin Williams was often unscripted.
- Robin Williams Found Out About The Cancelation In A Magazine.
Boulder, Colorado, Was A Spur-Of-The-Moment Decision for the Mork & Mindy Show
When it came to Mork & Mindy, executive producer Garry Marshall didn’t have a specific location in mind.
Boulder, Colorado, in fact, was a spur-of-the-moment decision that popped into his head. Marshall’s niece was a student at the University of Colorado Boulder at the time. The city came to him while he was writing the plot, and it stuck with him.