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Overview (4)

Born in Santa Cruz, California, USA
Died in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (following a long illness)
Birth Name Beverly Lucy Fessenden
Nickname Bev

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Santa Cruz, California, Beverly Garland studied dramatics under Anita Arliss, the sister of renowned stage and screen star George Arliss. She acted in little theater in Glendale then in Phoenix after her family relocated to Arizona. Garland also worked in radio and appeared scantily clad in a few risqué shorts before making her feature film debut in a supporting part in D.O.A. (1949). Her husbands include actor Richard Garland, and land developer Fillmore Crank, who built 2 hotels which bear her name. Ms Garland guest-starred on a number of TV game shows, including The Guardian (2001), on CBS, and Weakest Link (2001), on NBC, and maintained her continuing roles on 7th Heaven (1996), on the WB (now the CW), and Port Charles (1997), on ABC, which began in the 1990s.

In 1983, Ms Garland received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2001, in recognition of her 50 years in show business, the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters inducted her into its Hall of Fame. Ms Garland has two very significant historical television "firsts": she was television's first policewoman as the star of Decoy (1957), and, more importantly, the series gave her the honor of becoming the first actress to star in a television dramatic series. After her husband of 39 years died in 1999, Beverly continued to operate the 255-room Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in North Hollywood (with the assistance of three of her four children). Beverly Garland died at age 82 in her home in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California in 5 December, 2008.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous (corrected by U.N. Owen)

Spouse (3)

Fillmore Crank (23 May 1960 - 10 March 1999) ( his death) ( 2 children)
Richard Garland (13 August 1949 - 1953) ( divorced)
Robert Campbell (1945 - 1945) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Her husky, sultry voice.
Frequently played suburban mothers.

Trivia (26)

Starting with Remington Steele (1982), she played mothers of three television women with hazardous lives; from the aforementioned series, Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist), Amanda King (Kate Jackson) of Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983) and Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher) of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993).
Has two children with Filmore Crank: James and Carrington Garland. Has two stepchildren: Cathleen and Fillmore Crank Jr.
In the early 1970s, with husband Fillmore Crank, she opened the Beverly Garland's Howard Johnson's Resort Lodge, a 154-room hotel near Universal Studios.
Tina Cole was married to her stepson, Fillmore Crank Jr.
Interviewed in "Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers: Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, Moguls and Makeup" by Tom Weaver (McFarland 1988).
Mother of Carrington Garland. Mother-in-law of Carlos K. Goodman.
Her father, James Fessenden, a native of New Orleans, was a member of a prestigious family line that included great-grandfather William Pitt Fessenden, Secretary of the Treasury under President Abraham Lincoln. James became a salesman.
When she was four, the family moved south to Glendale, CA, and in 1931 she made her acting debut playing Cupid in a kindergarten play.
Mother Amelia "Milly" Scherer was of German ancestry and was a cosmetician; her father James was a crooner who thrived on one-night stands until the demands of marriage and family moved him into sales work. He died in an auto accident in 1961 in Riverside, CA.
Born in Santa Cruz, California, but moved with her family to Glendale (near Los Angeles) when she was four. She was an only child.
Performed in little theatre productions in Glendale, California as a teen and for a time studied voice with Anita Arliss, sister of Oscar-winning actor George Arliss.
Attended high school in Phoenix, AZ, and appeared in plays at the Phoenix Little Theatre. She also appeared on local radio.
Married her first husband, a 20-year-old fisherman named Robert Campbell, on an impulse when she was 18. They eloped to Las Vegas, NV, but divorced about four months later.
In The Mad Room (1969) her character was pregnant--so was she at the time, with her son James.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. on January 26, 1983.
After her last guest-starring role on 7th Heaven (1996), she retired from acting at age 77.
Best remembered by the public for her starring roles as Barbara Harper Douglas on My Three Sons (1960) and as Dorothy 'Dotty' West on Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983).
Acting mentor and friends with Dawn Lyn, Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner and Martha Smith.
She was a Democrat.
Was best friends with Julie London, who was a month older than her. London's stepdaughter Ronne Troup co-starred with Garland on My Three Sons (1960), in the early 1970s.
As of November 2006 she was still residing in the dramatic California contemporary she and her husband purchased in the early 1960s. Recently redesigned by her decorator-daughter Carrington Garland, the Hollywood Hills mid-century house boasts spectacular city and canyon views that can be seen through the house from the street.
She was best friends with her Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983) co-star, Bruce Boxleitner for nearly 30 years. They worked together beginning on an episode of How the West Was Won (1976).
In 1986 her Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983) co-star, Bruce Boxleitner, presented her with the Golden Boot Award.
Upon her death she was cremated.
Shared the same birthday with Julie Adams. Garland and Adams guest-starred on the same episode of Mannix (1967).
According to Garland, she and John Crawford were acting together in 1953 in a play, Dark of the Moon, at the Hollywood Players Ring Theater, the place where she had met her then-husband, Richard Garland a few years earlier. Her best friend, Lorinne Crawford, was married to Crawford at the time. The Garlands would go to the Crawford's house, and Beverly and John Crawford would then go together to the theater and return after to rejoin their spouses at the Crawford home. One night they came home from the play and Beverly caught her husband in a near embrace with her best friend in the Crawford kitchen. He denied but shortly afterwards admitted to an affair. Both John Crawford and Beverly divorced their spouses immediately, with Beverly retaining her ex-husband's name because her career was rising at the time and she did not wish to endanger it with a name change.

Personal Quotes (11)

[referring to her 1950s Roger Corman cult films] It's funny today because it's so ridiculous. But at the time, it was very serious! We were just actors doing our best, I think. None of us overacted. I'm not saying we weren't good. We didn't do it tongue-in-cheek. We really meant it. We gave our all. We were serious, good actors and we played it seriously.
[on acting in "B" movies] 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.
Maybe I do come on strong, and people sense in me a strength and a positiveness . . . It's really the way I look and act, not the way I am . . . Once you cut through the protective coating, I'm strictly molasses.
[on Robert Culp, with whom she worked in Trackdown (1957)] I am not mad for him! It was awful for me to work with him. He didn't give me anything. Very selfish. I can't work with someone who doesn't give something back. I need feedback for me to do my work. I was out on a limb. If you don't get something, you can't give something back. I don't know about others, but Robert Culp just didn't give me anything!
[on Neville Brand] We did a lot of stuff together, including a picture in Japan. I stayed home and he went out with the girls; then at three or four in the morning, he would tell me all about them. What a drinker!
[on Wayne Morris, with whom she worked on The Desperado (1954) and Two Guns and a Badge (1954)] He was no longer a star. This was not Warner Bros.! He was nice, but heavy. He had to have a box to get on his horse! I didn't hang around with him so I didn't know about his drinking--but from his being puffy, I certainly suspected it.
[on Richard Boone, with whom she worked on Medic (1954)] . . . such a good actor--a special man. Just wonderful. He was not good looking, he had bad skin and was very homely--but a brilliant actor.
[on Robert Conrad] Thank goodness we didn't have any love scenes together. I am taller than Robert Conrad, but then, who isn't? He's a tiny man.
[on Jock Mahoney] Jocko was a close friend; I knew him when he was still a stuntman. We did Yancy Derringer (1958) together. He was one of my favorite people.
[on John Bromfield, with whom she worked on Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956)] He's a terribly handsome man. He didn't care if he acted or not--he wanted to go fishing! Which is probably what he's doing these days. John was just a love; a very handsome, good looking guy.
[on Robert Loggia] . . . he was wonderful. Quiet; very intelligent. He had a lot of pizzazz.

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