Bonnie Bartlett Reveals She and William Daniels Experimented With Open Marriage: Mr. Feeny Banged Half of NYC!

William Daniels is best known for his role as Mr. Feeny on the popular ’90s sitcom boy meets world.

His 72-year-old wife, Bonnie Barlett, may be a little less well-known to modern audiences, having peaked slightly earlier in her career, but she was no less successful in her heyday.

Bartlett got her started Little house on the prairie before moving on to the medical drama St Elsewhereon which Daniels played her husband.

For years, Bartlett and Daniels have been among the most admired acting couples in Hollywood.

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Actors Bill Daniels and Bonnie Bartlett arrive at the Screen Actors Guild Foundation Resource Center July 16, 2005 at the Argyle Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The Thespian Lovebirds even won Emmys that same night in 1986, becoming only the second couple to pull off the impressive feat.

But according to Bartlett’s new memoir, the marriage wasn’t always as healthy as it seemed.

And by that we mean Mr. Feeny was cracking up half of Manhattan in the ’50s.

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Actor and SAG President William Daniels announces the nominations for the 7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards January 30, 2001 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)

As she promotes her new memoir, In the middle of the rainbowBartlett revealed that during her early years with Daniels, he insisted on an open marriage.

“It was probably a bit of an open marriage at first, but it was very painful,” she said Fox News Digital while promoting her book.

“That didn’t work well. And it was a time when people did that,” Bonnie explained.

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Daniels and Bartlett are one of the most successful acting couples of all time.

“It was a time in New York when there was a lot of sex and a lot of people were doing all kinds of things, you know — very freely.”

Bartlett went on to say that while she and Daniels briefly got caught up in the spirit of free love…of the ’50s (???), they eventually decided the swinger life wasn’t for them.

Both had affairs, but they gave up the lifestyle in the 1970s.

“But I don’t know if there was a little bit of a lack of commitment, and that’s not a good thing,” Bonnie continued.

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Daniels and Bartlett made history together at the 1986 Emmys.

“So every transgression, every extramarital thing, there was a lot of pain involved.”

Needless to say, Feeny today doesn’t exactly look like the wise old governess we know and love in this story.

But it’s important to focus on the sane aspects of this account:

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For one thing, Daniels and Bartlett are both in their 90s, and not only has she just written a book detailing her sex life, she’s tirelessly making the media rounds to promote it.

Obviously that’s great.

And hey, it’s kind of nice to think that before he was Corey Matthews’ lonely neighbor, Mr. Feeny was one of the most legendary players of the Eisenhower era.

Sounds like this boy didn’t just hit the world, he took it to his apartment, made a martini out of it, and DJ’ed Sinatra!

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