Garver at WonderCon 2009
|Born||Kathleen Marie Garver
December 13, 1945
Long Beach, California, USA
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Occupation||Actress, producer, author|
|Spouse(s)||David Travis (1981-present)|
Kathleen Marie "Kathy" Garver (born December 13, 1945) is an American stage, film, television, and voice-over actress most remembered for having portrayed the teenage niece, Catherine "Cissy" Davis, to series character Uncle Bill Davis, played by Brian Keith, on the popular 1960s CBS sitcom, Family Affair. Before that, she was cast as a slave in The Ten Commandments. Garver authored The Family Affair Cookbook and is a television host (Backstage with Barry and Kathy).
Garver was born in Long Beach, California, the daughter of Rosemary and Hayes Gilbert Garver. She was raised Roman Catholic and attended Roman Catholic primary school. When she was nine, she tried her hand at acting and was cast in I'll Cry Tomorrow, but her most famous movie role was that of one of the young slaves in The Ten Commandments.
Between the mid-1950s and mid-1960s, the young actress worked with, in addition to her association with Brian Keith, such actors as Marvin Miller, Chuck Connors, Peter Graves, Scott Forbes, Dan O'Herlihy, Kurt Russell, Fess Parker, Vince Edwards, Richard Chamberlain, Patty Duke, Anne Lockhart, and James Franciscus.
Garver later moved to San Bernardino, where she entered Pacific High School in 1960 and remained there until graduation in 1964. After high school, she entered UCLA, majoring in speech and drama, until her graduation in 1968.
In 1966, while studying at UCLA, Garver auditioned for, and won, the role of "Cissy" Davis, the eldest of the three siblings on Family Affair. Garver had been a fan of Keith since she was ten years old and had guest-starred on his earlier CBS series about the Cold War, Crusader. Family Affair lasted for five seasons, and Garver would play the role of "Cissy," until the show was cancelled in 1971. In 2010, Garver was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award for her role in Family Affair.
She continued to keep in touch or visit Keith until his death on June 24, 1997 and attended his funeral. Garver and her surviving co-star from the original version of Family Affair, Johnny Whitaker appeared in the Christmas episode of the later revival of Family Affair. She guest starred on numerous television series, including ABC's short-lived The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters in the 1963-1964 season and on ABC's The Bing Crosby Show in the 1964-1965 season. She was also cast in the 1964 episode "Sparrow on the Wire" of the NBC education drama series, Mr. Novak.
Garver also provided the voice of Firestar on the Saturday morning cartoon Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. She also voiced Storm, as well as other female guest characters. In the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon series, she played the voice of Miss America. Garver's Family Affair co-star, Brian Keith, provided the voice of Uncle Ben Parker on the aforementioned Spider-Man series from the 1990s.
Garver was also the voice of Alice Mitchell in the Dennis the Menace cartoon special Mayday for Mother and Pepper in Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos. Her other voice roles included the television series Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, The Tom & Jerry Kids Show, Droopy, Master Detective, The New Yogi Bear Show, The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show and The All-New SuperFriends Hour, the cartoon special Marvin: Baby of the Year and the anime film JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. In addition to her television work, Garver has also lent her voice talents to numerous commercials, toys and audiobooks.
Garver has also produced, narrated and written lyrics and composed the music for eight audio Beatrix Potter tales and eight Mother Goose based audiotapes for Smarty Pants, Inc. Her Beatrix Potter tapes have sold over two million copies and have won numerous awards. Garver has also won two Audie Awards, one for her narration of The Worlds Shortest Stories, the other in 2004 for her direction of Amy Tan in The Opposite of Fate read by the author. She has recorded books for Brilliance Audio, Dove, Listen and Live and can be downloaded at the Timber Wolf Press website. Her voice has also been heard in the films Apollo 13 (which was awarded the Academy Award for sound), Ransom, Backdraft which were all directed by Ron Howard, and Jingle All the Way was directed by Brian Levant. She appeared as a cable car tourist in the film, The Princess Diaries.
Garver was a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women at UCLA. She lives in Hillsborough, California, with her husband, David Travis, and son, Reid. On June 26, 2008, she attended the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony when Brian Keith was awarded a star posthumously; Garver gave a speech in his behalf. Garver also made a guest appearance at the 21st annual Festival of the West in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 19, 2011, promoting her best-selling book, The Family Affair Cookbook. In 1995, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her.
- Garver's official website
- Kathy Garver at the Internet Movie Database
- A podcast of the 2009 NATF performance starring Kathy Garver. Garver was the host for the National Audio Theatre Festival that year.
- Garver, Kathy and Mark, Geoffrey, The Family Affair Cookbook, published by BearManor Media 2009. ISBN 1-59393-458-0.