Buick Commercial

Buick commercialI love the new Buick TV commercial where a little old grandma steals the show. The theme of the commercial is that the new Buick has changed so much no one recognizes it. I am a bit puzzled why a company would want to emphasize their product looks like every other brand, but that’s beside the point.

The little granny comes out of a very upscale house with her grandson to see his new car sitting in the driveway. A neighbor friend calls out, “That’s not a Buick!”

“That’s what I told ‘im,” she calls back.

The next scene shows her sitting in the car, overcome by its luxury. “Oh, my!” she exclaims.

I wonder who she is—the actress who did such a great job, and what she normally looks like, how she normally lives. She is a refreshing change from the active seniors typically portrayed in advertisements who I refer to as white-haired teenagers. They advertise things like retirement communities, adult diapers, and medications. They are shown as active couples, a good-looking man and woman on bikes with their sweaters tied around their necks, paused by the side of a country road, meeting friends. It is morning, they are laughing, and you just know they recently had sex.  If not for their white hair, they would be teenagers.  In a similar version, they are just leaving a tennis court and are also laughing knowingly, clearly suggesting what’s next on their schedule, diapers or not.

(ADDED NOTE: Read more about the “Oh, my!” actress, Shannon Welles on the posting of 6/19/2015.  Find others by clicking on “Commercials” in the Category list near the bottom of the column at the right.)



About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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8 Responses to Buick Commercial

  1. Bonnie Madsen says:

    no one said who was the old lady?????

  2. Wayne Thompson says:

    You’re so right, RW. She’s very good, actress or not. Again, we still need to know who and what she is. Nice one, Buick! Wayne

  3. Janet says:

    Who is the Granny????????

  4. Diane m. says:

    I want to know them name of them woman who yells that’s not a Buick. T

  5. Pamela Matteson says:

    I’d like to know both ladies names in the commercial. Give them credit where credit is due.

  6. Ellen Hagen says:

    She played someone’s mothet or housekeeper in the 60’s or so. Drives me crazy not knowing the show!!

    • Teresa Hammonds says:

      I thought the “old lady” might be Irene Tedrow. I looked at her Biography and she passed away in ’95. The lady looks so familiar and I know she has been on television before. I just wish I knew what her name is and what television shows she has been in!!! Love the Buick Commercials!!

  7. Grandma the sweet little lady that I have ever seen. And she sexy…

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