Beverly Adams in trailer for "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" (1965)
November 7, 1945 |
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Other names||Beverly Sassoon|
|Spouse(s)||Vidal Sassoon (m. 1966–80)|
Early life and career
Adams was born in Edmonton, Alberta to a Canadian mother and a U.S. Air Force father (who once played minor league baseball) and was raised Roman Catholic. As a child, Adams moved to Burbank, California where, as a teen, she competed in and won beauty contests before becoming an actress. During her career, Adams appeared in various guest roles in television series of the 1960s. She also appeared in several films, most notably as the klutzy, redheaded Cassandra in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini and the recurring role of Lovey Kravezit in the Matt Helm movies starring Dean Martin.
After marrying hairstylist Vidal Sassoon in 1966, Adams retired from acting to raise the couple's four children. During her retirement from acting, Adams (going by her married name of Beverly Sassoon) published several books and served as a spokeswoman for Vidal Sassoon, Inc. In 1980, the couple divorced and Adams returned to acting. She also launched her own line of pet care products, Beverly Sassoon Pet Care System.
They had four children, including or in addition to one adopted son: daughter Catya (1968–2002), an actress who died from a drug-induced heart attack; son Elan BenVidal (b. January 17, 1970); son David (b. circa 1972); and daughter Eden Sassoon (born circa 1973). Some sources additionally cite son Oley Sassone, a music-video director who spells his last name slightly differently, but this appears to be uncertain.
|1963||The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet||Gloria||Episode: "Wally's Pen Pal"|
|1964||Channing||The 1st Coed||Episode: "My Son, the All-American"|
|1964||Dr. Kildare||Various roles||2 episodes|
|1964||The New Interns||Lisa||Uncredited|
|1964–1965||Burke's Law||Various roles||3 episodes|
|1965||Girl Happy||Girl #2||Uncredited|
|1965||Bewitched||Dora "D. D." Danger O'Riley||Episode: "George the Warlock"|
|1965||How to Stuff a Wild Bikini||Cassandra|
|1965||Gidget||Treasure||Episode: "In God, and Nobody Else, We Trust"|
|1965||Winter A-Go-Go||Jo Ann Wallace|
|1965||Camp Runamuck||Pretty woman||Episode: "The New Swimming Pool"|
|1966||The Silencers||Lovey Kravezit|
|1966||Birds Do It||Claudine Wald|
|1966||Se Tutte le Donne del Mondo||Karin||Alternative title: If All the Women in the World|
|1966||Murderers' Row||Lovey Kravezit|
|1967||The Ambushers||Lovey Kravezit|
|1967||Torture Garden||Carla Hayes|
|1980||Quincy, M.E.||Dr. Jerri McCracken||Episode: "New Blood"|
|1982||CHiPs||Episode: "Head Over Heels"|
|1983–1984||No Place Like Home||Lorraine Codd||6 episodes|
|1992||Silk Stalkings||Anna Alexis||Episode: "Baser Instincts"|
|1996||Mind Games||Board Member #1|
|1996||The Guilt||Vivian Cornell||Episode: "Dean's Office"|
|1997–1999||Profiler||Various roles||2 episodes|
|1967||Laurel Awards||Female New Face||Nominated|
- People: "He's Hung Up His Scissors, but Vidal and Beverly Sassoon Are on Beauty's Cutting Edge" by Barbara Wilkins March 29, 1976
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- "Mary Marshall Engaged to Wed W.E. O'Connell; Son to Mrs. Vidal Sassoon". The New York Times. January 19, 1970. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
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- Taylor, Angela (November 13, 1976). "New Sassoon Style Is Over the Counter". The New York Times. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- Ito, Robert (March 2005). "Fantastic Faux!". Los Angeles. p. 110.
- "Sassone, Oley; List of alternative name: Sassone, Francis G.". British Film Institute. Retrieved January 2, 2013.