Jena Engstrom

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Jena Engstrom
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Jena Engstrom as Betty in April 19, 1961 episode of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet titled "Selling Rick's Drums".
Born Liana Jeanne Moon
(1942-06-30) June 30, 1942 (age 72)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Occupation Former television actress
Years active 1960 - 1964
Parents Jean Engstrom

Jena Engstrom (born Liana Jeanne Moon on June 30, 1942 in Los Angeles, California) is an American former television actress. She appeared in more than three dozen episodes of various television series between 1960 and 1964.

Career[edit]

Jena Engstrom[1] began acting after graduating from high school[2] and first appeared on television in the 1960 episode "Adopted" of the ABC crime drama, The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor. She appeared in some thirty-seven television programs[1] before making her final appearance opposite guest star Robert Culp in the 1964 episode, "The Stallion", of NBC's The Virginian[3].

Mother and daughter[edit]

Jena Engstrom[1] is the daughter of actress Jean Engstrom[1][4][5] (1920-1997)[4] whose television career (1955-1966)[4][5] overlapped her daughter’s and whose career also included movie[4] and stage appearances.[5][6] Mother and daughter appeared twice together in television dramas. The first time was in April 1961 when they appeared as mother and daughter in the "Incident of the Lost Idol" episode of CBS's Rawhide.[2] They had only one brief scene together as the story did not center on their relationship. The second program aired in January 1962, the episode “To Sell Another Human Being” of ABC's The New Breed, starring Leslie Nielsen,[5] in which mother Jean played a woman adopting through an adoption mill a baby who had been given up by a young woman played by her daughter, Jena.

Western series[edit]

Twenty-one of Jena Engstrom's thirty-seven roles were in television westerns. She appeared three times each on Have Gun, Will Travel, and Wagon Train, as well as Rawhide, twice each on Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and Laramie, and once each on The Tall Man, Death Valley Days, Frontier Circus, and Outlaws, as well as her final performance as an actress in The Virginian.

Some of her best acting opportunities came in Western shows. In “The Education of Sarah Jane” episode of Have Gun, Will Travel she appeared as Sarah Jane opposite guest star Duane Eddy in a story of the youngest members of feuding clans that have been killing one another for generations. It is up to Paladin (Richard Boone) to bring an end to the madness. In the “Milly” episode of Gunsmoke, she played Milly Glover, an impoverished teenager hoping to break herself and her younger brother (Billy E. Hughes) from their abusive and alcoholic father (Malcolm Atterbury. She tries to escape poverty through marriage to an older man, but the three men (James Griffith, Don Dubbins, and Harry Swoger) to whom she proposes reject her. She plots revenge. In the episode “Chester’s Indian”, Engstrom plays Callie Dill, the repressed daughter of a storekeeper (Karl Swenson) who is helping a wrongfully-detained Cheyenne brave (Eddie Little Sky) trying to return to his village. When Chester (Dennis Weaver) shoots and wounds the brave, Callie implores Chester to nurse him back to health. In 1962, in one of her three appearances on Rawhide, she had the title role of "The Child-Woman" in an episode also guest starring Cesar Romero where she played a teenager willfully in the clutches of a domineering saloonkeeper. In 1961, she portrayed Laurie Manson in "The Incident of the Lost Idol". She retired from acting in 1964 with appearances on Wagon Train, Perry Mason, when she played Vera Janel in "The Case of the Illicit Illusion," and in her final television appearance in "The Black Stallion" episode of The Virginian, Engstrom plays a rancher’s daughter in love with an alcoholic veterinarian (Robert Culp) who has been drafted by series star Randy Boone to care for an abused stallion.

Illness[edit]

Jena Engstrom left acting in 1964, possibly because of health considerations. In 1963, she was cast in what was to have been a recurring role of Jennie in the series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, starring Kurt Russell,[7] but had to give up the role because of illness and was replaced by Donna Anderson.[8][9]

In June 1964, she was replaced again because of ill health by Davey Davison in the episode "Children of Calamity" of Richard Crenna's CBS drama series, Slattery's People.[10]

Confused credits[edit]

The acting credits of mother Jean and daughter Jena were confused at the time they were active in the business resulting in mixed credits in newspapers and problems with pay checks.[2] For a long time the credtis were confused on many Interent databases, and while some errors still exist, many have been corrected.

DVDs[edit]

Several of the television series listed below have been released by their studios on DVDs that are available for sale or for rent.

Television Roles[1][11][12][edit]

Note: "Episode" column: 2.9 indicates Season 2, Episode 9, etc.

AIR DATE SHOW EPISODE EPISODE TITLE CHARACTER NOTES DVD
Nov. 25, 1960 The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor 2.9 "Adopted"[13] Ann Martin 1st of 2 appearances on this show.
Feb. 5, 1961 Shirley Temple Theatre 2.19 "The Fawn"[14] Kathy
Feb. 25, 1961 Have Gun, Will Travel 4.23 "Fatal Flaw" [15] Cassandra Langford 1st of 3 appearances on this show. Yes
Mar. 14, 1961 The Red Skelton Hour 10.17 "Freddy and the Baby"[16] Young Woman (Baby's Mother) Yes
Apr. 19, 1961 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 9.30 "Selling Rick's Drums"[17] Betty Hamilton Yes
Apr. 28, 1961 Rawhide (TV series) 3.24 "Incident of the Lost Idol"[18] Laurie Manson 1st of 3 appearances on this show. Mother Jean Engstrom also appears in this episode. Yes
Jun. 11, 1961 The Asphalt Jungle 1.11 "The Kidnapping"[19] Karen Meriden
Sep. 23, 1961 Have Gun, Will Travel 5.2 "The Education of Sarah Jane"[20] Sarah Jane Darrow 2nd of 3 appearances on this show. Yes
Oct. 1, 1961 Bonanza 3.2 "Springtime"[21] Ann 1st of 2 appearances on this show. Yes
Oct. 12, 1961 My Three Sons 2.3 "The Crush"[22] Mary Beth Jackson Yes
Oct. 14, 1961 The Tall Man (TV series) 2.6 "An Item for Auction"[23] Mary Susan Naylack Yes
Oct. 23, 1961 Death Valley Days 10.7 "Storm Over Truckee"[24] Maggie Woolf Billed as Jenna Engstrom.
Oct. 30, 1961 The Everglades 1.4 "Primer for Pioneers" [25] Memory Jacks The series is listed as "Everglades!" in the opening credits.
Nov. 1, 1961 Wagon Train 5.6 "The Jenna Douglas Story"[26] Sue Thompson Yes
Nov. 2, 1961 Outlaws (1960 TV series) 2.5 "The Night Riders"[27] Louise Nichols
Nov. 25, 1961 Gunsmoke 7.9 "Milly"[28] Milly Glover 1st of 2 appearances on this show. Yes
Dec. 26, 1961 Laramie (TV series) 3.13 "The Lawless Seven" [29] Ginny Hawks 1st of 2 appearances on this show. Yes
Jan. 16, 1962 The New Breed (TV Series) 1.16 "To Sell Another Human Being"[5] Mother Jean Engstrom also appears in this episode.
Mar. 2, 1962 The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor 3.20 "Night Boat" [30] Frances 2nd of 2 appearances on this show.
Mar. 14, 1962 Wagon Train 5.24 "The Amos Billings Story"[31] Loan 2nd of 2 appearances on this show. Yes
Mar. 17, 1962 Have Gun, Will Travel 5.26 "Alice" [32] Maya Ferguson 3rd of 3 appearances on this show. Yes
Mar. 23, 1962 Rawhide (TV series) 4.24 "The Child-Woman"[33] Posie Mushgrove 2nd of 3 appearances on this show. Yes
Apr. 5, 1962 Frontier Circus 1.20 "Mighty Like Rogues"[34] Betsy Ross Jukes Yes
May 12, 1962 Gunsmoke 7.32 "Chester's Indian" [35] Callie Dill 2nd of 2 appearances on this show. Yes
Oct. 26, 1962 Rawhide (TV series) 5.5 "Incident of the Four Horsemen"[36] Amy Galt 3rd of 3 appearances on this show. Yes
Nov. 5,1962 Stoney Burke (TV series) 1.6 "A Matter of Pride"[37] Meryle Hill
Nov. 13, 1962 Laramie (TV series) 4.7 "The Sunday Shoot"[38] Nancy Tilford 2nd of 2 appearances on this show. Yes
Dec. 2, 1962 Bonanza 4.10 "The Deadly Ones"[39] Molly Reed 2nd of 2 appearances on this show. Yes
Jan. 11, 1963 Route 66 (TV series) 3.16 "You Can't Pick Cotton in Tahiti" [40] Elva Dupree Yes
Feb. 7, 1963 Dr. Kildare 2.18 "Good Luck Charm"[41] Marcia Laverly Yes
Apr. 17, 1963 The Eleventh Hour (1962 TV series) 1.27 "Try to Keep Alive Until Next Tuesday" Marian Snyder
May 23, 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses 1.30 "Bitter Pill"[42] Jean Wheeler The show was called The Nurses (CBS TV series) during the first season.
Sep 15, 1963 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV series) 1.1 "The Day of Leaving"[43] Jennie Jena Engstrom was replaced after this pilot episode because of illness
Feb. 7, 1964 77 Sunset Strip 6.20 "Queen of the Cats"[44] Marian Armstrong Final episode of this series.77 Sunset Strip
Mar. 30, 1964 Wagon Train 7.20 "The Santiago Quesada Story"[45] Kim Case 3rd of 3 appearances on this show. Yes
Apr. 9, 1964 Perry Mason (TV series) 7.25 "The Case of the Ilicit Illusion"[46] Vera Janel Yes
Sep. 30, 1964 The Virginian (TV series) 3.3 "The Black Stallion"[3] Jodie Wingate Episode also called "The Stallion" Yes

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