Saturday, January 3, 2015

#93 Beverly Garland *

* - author has her autograph

Beverly Garland retired with an incredible 191 credits, over a 54-year career. Though she started out with a fair amount of grade Z stuff (she was a favorite of Roger Corman), she eventually focused almost totally on TV.

There, Beverly appeared on shows as diverse as The Lone Ranger, Kung Fu, The Twilight Zone, Charlie’s Angels, Friends, and Love American Style. Her specialty, though, seemed to be moms. In fact, she’s probably best known for being Fred MacMurray’s second wife on My Three Sons.

Returning to the movies, I really like this quote of hers on acting in B’s in general and being a scream queen in particular:

You don't have to act in these pictures. All you have to do is possess a good pair of lungs. I can scream with more variations from shrill to vibrato than any other girl in pictures.

Embarrassing Real Name: Beverly Fessenden

Embarrassing Movies

  • Curucu, Beast of the Amazon
  • The Neanderthal Man *
  • Swamp Women *
  • The Alligator People *
  • Not of This Earth *
  • It Conquered the World *
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines

  • Temptation and terror ... in a savage land of wild desire!
  • Flaming passions against a background of weird adventure!

Embarrassing Characters

  • Mauvis Meade
  • Coco LaSalle
  • Cookie LaRue
  • Calliope Catesby
  • Smudgeface WAC
  • Edgar the Swamp Witch

Number of Marriages: 3

Shortest Marriage: 4 months

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends: Roger Corman

Interesting Tidbits

  • Owned and operated Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn, in L.A.
  • Her last husband had the wonderful name of Filmore Pajeau Crank
  • Retired at age 77

Where can I learn more?

Beverly and friend

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