July 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM EDT

Buff Cobb, 82, an actress who was most well known for hosting the 1950s talk show Mike and Buff with then-husband Mike Wallace, died July 12 at a nursing home in Lebanon, N.H., according to The New York Times. Mike and Buff, in which the couple would debate a different topic every weekday, represented one of television’s first talk shows. Cobb, who was born as Patrizia Cobb Chapman in Florence, Italy, married Wallace in 1949. The couple divorced eight years later. Cobb is survived by her half brother, Thomas.

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