|Lori Shannon - Finocchio's Club Entertainer|
Producer Norman Lear describes the Archie Bunker character this way:
Archie is a lovable bigot (loosely based on Norman Lear's father).
Most bigots are human. They are usually portrayed as one-dimensional bigots whom you are supposed to hate. People are more complicated than that. Most people are bigots because of fear, of apprehension, not because of hate. They hate what’s different. There’s a little bit of Archie Bunker in all of us somewhere. If anyone is not like Archie, they can recognize in him someone they know who is, even though most won’t admit it.
Archie helps us all laugh at misanthropic bigotry and its absurdity. Blacks, Hispanics, commies, gays, hippies, Jews, Catholics, women's libbers, and the Polish were all skewered by Archie. And yes, we had our turn.
The 1975 segment featured a character called Beverly LaSalle playing a drag entertainer. Her life was saved by Archie after he performed CPR when she passed out in his taxicab. In the episode, Beverly was played by an actual female impersonator and actor, Lori Shannon. Beverly appeared in a total of three episodes (seasons 6-8) and the character, Beverly became Archie's and Edith's friend.
Here is a YouTube segment from "Archie the Hero" (Season 6).