Santa Cruz, California
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Beverly Hills, California, USA
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Decoy .... Casey Jones 1957-1959
Full Name at Birth
Beverly Lucy Fessenden
James A. Fessenden
Amelia Rose Fessenden
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Beverly Garland (October 17, 1926 – December 5, 2008) was an American film and television actress, businesswoman, and hotel owner. Her work in feature films was fairly minor, consisting of small parts in a few major productions and leads in low-budget action or science fiction movies. But she was very busy and visible in television for decades.
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Beverly Garland (October 17, 1926 – December 5, 2008) was an American film and television actress, businesswoman, and hotel owner. Garland gained prominence for her role as Fred MacMurray's second wife, Barbara Harper Douglas, in the 1960s sitcom My Three Sons,a role which she played from 1969 until the series ended in 1972 and for which she is particularly identified. In the 1980s, she co-starred as Kate Jackson's widowed mother, "Dotty West", in the CBS television series Scarecrow and Mrs. King. She also had a recurring role as Ginger Jackson on The WB Television Network series 7th Heaven.
Garland was born Beverly Lucy Fessenden in Santa Cruz, California, the daughter of Amelia Rose, a businesswoman, and James Atkins Fessenden, a singer and salesman. Garland grew up in Glendale, California. Her 1950s acting roles tended to be tough women who could handle themselves in violent situations. One such role was as a secrets-keeping secretary in the classic film noir "D.O.A"—in which her screen credit was "Beverly Campbell." 1956 was a busy year for Garland: she played a female marshal in the Western Gunslinger with Chris Alcaide as her deputy; a prison escapee in Swamp Women; and a scientist's wife who battles an alien in It Conquered the World. All three movies were directed by Roger Corman and riffed in the 1990s by Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Garland appeared from 1957 to 1958 as undercover police officer "Casey Jones" in the syndicated television series Decoy. Oddly, Alan Hale, Jr., appeared at the time in a syndicated adventure series, Casey Jones, loosely based on the railroad engineer from Tennessee. Decoy is the first American television police series with a woman in the starring role. It lasted a single season of thirty-nine episodes.
Garland guest starred in 1956 as Nelli Austin, a rodeo sharpshooter, in the episode "Rodeo Rough House" of Rod Cameron's syndicated drama series, State Trooper. Claude Akins appeared in this episode as the murderous but unnamed rodeo clown. Garland and Akins appeared together again in the 1960 episode "Prison Trail" , Wanted, Dead or Alive (TV series and again in the 1963 episode "The Chooser of the Slain" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, The Dakotas.
In 1955, Garland had been cast in the episode "Man Down, Woman Screaming" of Rod Cameron's first syndicated series, City Detective, the story of a tough New York City police lieutenant. She appeared that same year as Sarah Garvey in the episode "Cattle Drive to Casper" of the NBC anthology series, Frontier. On September 5, 1955, she co-starred in an episode of Science Fiction Theatre called "The Negative Man. About this time, she also appeared in the first Brian Keith series Crusader, a Cold War drama which aired on CBS.
Garland appeared twice as Doris Denny Bona in the episodes "Remember the Alamo" and "The Widow of Kill Cove" in 1960 in Cameron's third syndicated series, COronado 9.
In 1960, Garland was cast as Dr. Nora James, with Robert Bray as Tom Byson, in the episode "Three Graves" of the NBC western series, Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin. In the story line, mystery shrouds three mysterious recent graves in a town along the Mississippi River. Townspeople refuse to discuss what happened.
Garland guest starred in 1963 as Marya Stone in the episode "What Did She Mean By Good Luck?" in NBC's medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour. She also appeared in a season one episode, "Smoke Screen", of ABC's The Fugitive, starring David Janssen.
In the 1964-1965 television season, Garland co-starred in the role of Ellie Collins with Bing Crosby as husband Bing Collins in the ABC sitcom, The Bing Crosby Show. Carol Faylen and Diane Sherry played her teenaged daughters.
Although Garland co-starred with Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld in the 1968 feature film Pretty Poison, she is best known for playing suburban mothers on My Three Sons and The Scarecrow and Mrs. King. Garland was featured in the NBC series Remington Steele as the mother of Stephanie Zimbalist's character, detective Laura Holt.
Her decades of television guest appearances range from the first-season Twilight Zone episode "The Four of Us Are Dying," about a con artist with a thousand faces (1960). Garland also guest starred in an episode in the final season of the martial arts western series, Kung Fu. She reprised her earlier western personae as a tough gun-slinging widow. She appeared on the The Mary Tyler Moore Show as a long-ago girlfriend of Lou Grant. Garland also had a recurring role as the mother of character Lois Lane on the 1990s TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, starring Teri Hatcher.
On 7th Heaven, she appeared in nine episodes as Ginger Jackson, the stepmother of Annie Camden, opposite Graham Jarvis as Charles Jackson, Annie's father. Peter Graves, the brother of James Arness, appeared in 7th Heaven as Eric Camden's father, John "The Colonel" Camden, with Barbara Rush in the role of Eric's mother, Ruth Camden. In addition to working with Graves on 7th Heaven, Garland also starred opposite James Arness in four Gunsmoke episodes until the long-running western ended in 1975.
On radio, Garland was an original player of the California Actors Radio Theatre. C.A.R.T. often recorded its programs on the grounds of Garland's hotel in The Beverly Garland Little Theater, which was decorated with large movie posters from many of her feature films.
For her contribution to the television industry, Garland has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.
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Garland owned and operated the Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn (4222 Vineland Avenue) in North Hollywood at the time of her death.
In 1999, her husband of thirty-nine years, businessman Filmore Crank, died. Subsequently, Garland combined her acting career with an increased devotion to the hotel that Crank built and named for her. Situated on the former Gene Autry property and originally built as a Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge in the 1970s, the sprawling 255-room Spanish-Mission style resort Beverly Garland Holiday Inn and Conference Center is located in North Hollywood. The hotel continues to be owned by her family and managed by her son, James Fessenden Crank.
Garland's daughter, actress Carrington Garland, is perhaps best known for her portrayal of the third Kelly Capwell on the soap opera Santa Barbara.
On December 5, 2008, Garland died in the mid-century contemporary house in the Hollywood Hills that was her home of over 40 years. A memorial service and reception was attended by several hundred people on December 13 at her namesake hotel property, Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn. Her body was cremated.
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