Dalton as a happy Martha Hale in the final Hennessey episode, September 17, 1962.
August 15, 1935
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
|Spouse(s)||Jack Smith (1960–19??; divorced; 3 children)
Joe Mondragon (divorced)
Abby Dalton (born August 15, 1935) is an American actress.
Life and career
Born as Marlene Wasden in Las Vegas, Nevada, she has made numerous appearances on television, including the recurring role of winemaker "Julia Cumson" on CBS's Falcon Crest. In the story line, Julia is the daughter of Angela Channing, played by Jane Wyman, and the mother of Lance Cumson, portrayed by Lorenzo Lamas. James Garner and Clint Eastwood engaged in a fist fight over Dalton's character in the episode "Duel at Sundown" of ABC's Maverick.
Dalton played a nurse, Martha Hale, on CBS's Hennesey (she was nominated for Emmy Award for her role) with Jackie Cooper in the title role, and she portrayed Joey Bishop's wife on The Joey Bishop Show, a situation comedy on NBC and CBS from 1961 to 1965. As the Hennessey series was ending, The Joey Bishop Show was preparing for its premiere on NBC. Dalton played the role of Ellie Barnes, the wife of Joey Barnes (Joey Bishop). As the show premiered on September 15, 1962, Dalton and Bishop are shown as newlyweds Ellie and Joey Barnes. Hennessey's series finale program was aired two days later, on September 17, 1962, with Martha Hale's marriage to Chick Hennessey. Dalton hence married two different television characters on two different networks within two days.
Dalton was a semi-regular panelist on NBC's The Match Game and appeared in the early years of Hollywood Squares. She also guest-starred on the NBC interview program, Here's Hollywood. In 1958, she appeared as Eloise Barton in an episode of the NBC western series, Jefferson Drum, starring Jeff Richards as a frontier journalist.
She was also cast in the original pilot for what became the ABC series Barney Miller, as Barney's wife. However, that version of the pilot, for a show called The Days and Nights of Captain Barney Miller, was rejected by the network, and the role was recast with Barbara Barrie. Dalton also appeared on Super Password, with Bert Convy as the host.
She has three children by her marriage to Jack Smith (which ended in divorce), including actress Kathleen Kinmont.
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