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Shirley Bonne (born May 22, 1934) is a former actress who portrayed Eileen Sherwood in the CBS television situation comedy My Sister Eileen, which aired during the 1960-1961 season. Bonne played an aspiring actress in New York City sharing an apartment with her older sister, Ruth Sherwood, a magazine writer played by Elaine Stritch
Born Shirley Mae Tanner in Inglewood, California, Bonne was married and caring for two small children in San Clemente by the time she was twenty-one. Late in 1955, the blonde Bonne entered a cover girl contest for the defunct Pageant magazine and was twice chosen for the cover of the publication. In February 1956, she appeared on Jackie Cooper`s NBC sitcom The People`s Choice. By the latter 1950s, she was modeling in New York City. After a divorce from a first husband, in 1958 married Ronald Herbert Freemond (born 1930). In 1960, she appeared at Hal Roach Studios to promote the unveiling of Chevrolet`s new Corvair automobile, thereafter a target of consumer activist Ralph Nader in the book Unsafe at Any Speed. By the time she was cast for My Sister Eileen, she had appeared on the covers of some four hundred magazines. In 1962, Bonne and Freemond had a daughter, Jayne.
In October 1973, she divorced Freemond, who remarried; ten years later, she married Ronald Dean Gilbreath (born 1939) in San Francisco After My Sister Eileen, Bonne had no credited role until 1966, when she played "Ruth" in the episode "Shore Leave" of William Shatner`s NBC science fiction series Star Trek. In 1967, she appeared as Sally Cutler in the episode "Justice" of NBC`s longest-running western Bonanza. That same year, she appeared in two sitcoms, Marlo Thomas`s That Girl on ABC and Barbara Eden`s I Dream of Jeannie on NBC. In 1968, she appeared as Nikki Jason in the episode "To Kill a Writer" on Mike Connors`s CBS detective series Mannix. Her last television role was as "June" in "The Adversaries" episode of CBS`s Medical Center starring James Daly and Chad Everett.
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Shirley Mae Tanner
Shirley Bonne (born May 22, 1934) is a former television actress who portrayed Eileen Sherwood in the CBS television sitcom My Sister Eileen, which aired during the 1960-1961 season. Bonne played an aspiring actress in New York City sharing an apartment with her older sister, Ruth Sherwood, a magazine writer played by Elaine Stritch. Her series co-stars included Raymond Bailey, Rose Marie, Stubby Kaye, and Jack Weston.
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