Garland in 1969.
|Born||Beverly Lucy Fessenden
October 17, 1926
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
|Died||December 5, 2008
Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.
|Other names||Beverly Campbell|
|Spouse(s)||Bob Campbell (1945 divorced)
Richard Garland (1951–1953) (divorced)
Filmore Crank (1960–1999, his death) 2 children
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.
Garland's most remembered TV role was as Barbara Harper Douglas, the woman who married widower Steve Douglas (Fred MacMurray) in the latter years of the beloved sitcom My Three Sons. She played that role from 1969 until the series ended in 1972. 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.
Early life and career
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 Diamonds; 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.
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.
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 the Beverly Garland is located in Studio City. The hotel continues to be owned by her family and managed by her son, James Fessenden Crank.
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.
|1950||D.O.A.||Miss Foster||Credited as Beverly Campbell|
|The Lone Ranger||Laura Lawson||TV, 1 episode|
|1951||Strictly Dishonorable||Armorclad Mentoring Isabelle in opera Caesar||Uncredited|
|1953||The Neanderthal Man||Nola Mason, waitress|
|1954||Medic||Estelle Collins||TV, 1 episode, nominated for Best Actress in a Single Performance Emmy Award|
|1954–1956||Four Star Playhouse||Various roles||TV, 4 episodes|
|Navy Log||Sally||TV, 1 episode|
|Science Fiction Theater||Sally||TV, 1 episode, "Negative Man"|
|New Orleans Uncensored||Mary Reilly|
|Sudden Danger||Phyllis Baxter|
|1955–1959||The Millionaire||Louise Benson/Clara||TV, 2 episodes|
|1956||Gunslinger||Marshal Rose Hood|
|It Conquered the World||Claire Anderson|
|The Ford Television Theatre||Maria Perrin||TV, 1 episode|
|1956–1957||Wire Service||Ellen Gale||TV, 2 episodes|
|1956–1959||Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater||Various roles||TV, 4 episodes|
|1957||Not of This Earth||Nurse Nadine Storey|
|Playhouse 90||Gay Sherman||TV, 1 episode|
|The Joker Is Wild||Cassie Mack|
|Naked Paradise||Max MacKenzie|
|1957–1959||Decoy||Casey Jones||TV, 37 episodes|
|1958||The Saga of Hemp Brown||Mona Langley|
|1959||Yancy Derringer||Coco LaSalle||TV, 2 episodes|
|The Alligator People||Joyce Webster, aka Jane Marvin|
|Hawaiian Eye||Rena Harrison||TV, 1 episode|
|The Man from Blackhawk||Sarah Marshall||1 episode, "Logan's Policy", series premiere|
|TV, 3 episodes|
|1960||The Twilight Zone||Maggie||TV, 1 episode "The Four of Us Are Dying"|
|1959–1967||The Wonderful World of Disney||Mrs. Barko||TV, 6 episodes|
|1960||Tales of Wells Fargo||Pearl Hart||TV, 1 episode|
|Wanted: Dead or Alive||Sally Lind||TV, 1 episode|
|Hong Kong||Irene Vance||TV, 1 episode|
|Thriller||Ruth Kenton||TV, 1 episode|
|Perry Mason||Mauvis Meade||TV, 1 episode|
|1961||Checkmate||Jean||TV, 1 episode|
|The Asphalt Jungle||Caroline||TV, 1 episode|
|1961||Danger Man||Jo Harris||TV|
|1961–1962||Dr. Kildare||Ann/Cynthia||TV, 2 episodes|
|1962||Bus Stop||Janie||"Summer Lightning"|
|Cain's Hundred||Jeanette||"The Left Side of Canada"|
|Going My Way||Marsha||"A Saint for Momma"|
|The Nurses||Ginny Nemets||TV, 1 episode|
|1963||The Dakotas||Katherine Channing||TV, 1 episode|
|Sam Benedict||Jan Fielding||"Image of a Toad"|
|Twice-Told Tales||Alice Pyncheon|
|The Fugitive||Nurse Doris Stillwell||TV, 1 episode|
|The Farmer's Daughter||TV, 1 episode|
|1963–1970||Gunsmoke||Various roles||TV, 4 episodes|
|1964||Kraft Suspense Theatre||JoAnne Kling||TV, 1 episode|
|1965||A Man Called Shenandoah||Kate||TV, 1 episode|
|Laredo||Aggie||TV, 1 episode|
|1966||Pistols 'n' Petticoats||Ross Guttley||TV, 1 episode|
|1967||Judd, for the Defense||Dorothy Shaw||TV, 1 episode|
|1967–1969||The Wild Wild West||Celia Rydell/Sally Yarnell||TV, 2 episodes|
|1968||The Mothers-in-Law||Audrey Fleming||TV, 1 episode|
|Pretty Poison||Mrs. Stepanek|
|1968–1973||Mannix||Edna Restin||TV, 3 episodes|
|1969||Here's Lucy||Secretary||TV, 1 episode (uncredited)|
|1969–1972||My Three Sons||Barbara Harper Douglas||TV, 74 episodes|
|1970||Then Came Bronson||Beth Morse||TV, 1 episode|
|1972||The Mod Squad||TV, 1 episode|
|Temperatures Rising||Claudia||TV, 1 episode|
|1972–1975||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Nancy Zimmer||TV, 2 episodes|
|1973||Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law||Mrs. Varni||TV, 1 episode|
|The Rookies||Pat Whitfield||TV, 1 episode|
|Cannon||Cecilia Thatcher||TV, 1 episode|
|The New Adventures of Perry Mason||Laura Lee||TV, 1 episode|
|Love, American Style||Maria Lombardi||TV, 1 episode|
|1974||Where the Red Fern Grows||Mother|
|Airport 1975||Mrs. Scott Freeman|
|Ironside||Andrea Reynolds||TV, 1 episode|
|1974–1975||Medical Center||Kay/Madeline Stockwood||TV, 2 episodes|
|1975||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Veronica Ludlow||TV, 1 episode|
|1976–1977||Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman||Cookie LaRue||TV, 16 episodes|
|1977||The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries||Thelma||TV, 1 episode|
|Lanigan's Rabbi||TV, 1 episode|
|The Tony Randall Show||Sylvia Needleman||TV, 1 episode|
|1979||How the West Was Won||Hanna||TV, 1 episode|
|Charlie's Angels||Pat Justice||TV, 1 episode|
|Roller Boogie||Lillian Barkley|
|1980||Trapper John, M.D.||Mrs. Kaufman||TV, 2 episodes|
|It's My Turn||Emma|
|1981||Hart to Hart||Real Grandma||TV, 1 episode|
|Flamingo Road||TV, 1 episode|
|Magnum, P.I.||Florence Russell||TV, 1 episode|
|Matt Houston||Mrs. Chapman||TV, 1 episode|
|1982–1983||Remington Steele||Abigail Holt||TV, 2 episodes|
|1983–1987||Scarecrow and Mrs. King||Dorothea "Dotty" West||TV, 88 episodes|
|1985||Hotel||Alice Korman||TV, 1 episode|
|Finder of Lost Loves||Lucy Rowens||TV, 1 episode|
|1991||P.S. I Luv U||Emma||TV, 1 episode|
|1995||Friends||Aunt Iris||TV, 1 episodes|
|Ellen||Eva||TV, 1 episodes|
|1995–1997||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Ellen Lane||TV, 6 episodes|
|1997||Diagnosis: Murder||Stella||TV, 1 episode|
|1997–2004||7th Heaven||Ginger||TV, 9 episodes|
|1998||Teen Angel||Grandma||TV, 2 episodes|
|1998-1999||The Angry Beavers||High Priestess||The Mighty Knot Head/Practical jerks|
|2002||The Weakest Link||Herself (contestant)||TV Moms Edition (1st one voted off)|
- Beverly Garland Biography (1926-)
- ""Rodeo Rough House", State Trooper, February 3, 1956". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- ""The Chooser of the Slain", The Dakotas, April 22, 1963". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- ""Three Graves", March 14, 1960". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
- McLellan, Dennis. "Beverly Garland, versatile actress in film and TV, dies at 82." Los Angeles Times. December 7, 2008.
- Beverly Garland at Find a Grave
- Beverly Garland at the Internet Movie Database
- Beverly Garland at AllMovie
- Beverly Garland's Universal Studios Hollywood Hotel
- Obituary in the Los Angeles Daily News