Kim Darby

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Kim Darby
Kim Darby 1974.JPG
Darby as a guest-star on Marcus Welby, M.D. and Owen Marshall, Counsellor at Law in 1974
Born (1947-07-08) July 8, 1947 (age 67)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) James Stacy (1968–1969) (divorced) (1 child)[1]
William Tennent (1970–1970) (divorced)[2]
Children Heather Elias (Stacy) (born 1968)[3]

Kim Darby (born July 8, 1947) is an American actress best known for co-starring with John Wayne and country singer/actor Glen Campbell in the western True Grit (1969).

Early life and film career[edit]

Darby was born Deborah Zerby in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of professional dancers Inga (Wiere) and Jon Zerby. Her mother was from Budapest.[4] Her mother's siblings were performers named the Wiere Brothers.

Darby began acting at age fifteen. Her first appearance was as a dancer in the film Bye Bye Birdie (1963). Among her best-known roles are True Grit, in which she played a fourteen-year-old when she was twenty-one years of age; Gunsmoke (1967 episodes "The Lure" and "Vengeance"); Bonanza (TV Series) (1967 episode "The Sure Thing"); The One and Only (1978); Better Off Dead (1985); and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995).

Television roles[edit]

Darby's television roles included two appearances on the NBC series Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus; she was cast as Julie Dean in "To Lodge and Dislodge" (1963) and as Judy Wheeler in "The Silent Dissuaders" (1965). Darby also appeared about this time on The Eleventh Hour, The Fugitive, The Donna Reed Show, Ironside, and in the first season of Star Trek as the title character in "Miri".

Darby was cast in an episode of the NBC sitcom The John Forsythe Show ("'Tis Better Have Loved and Lost", 1965). and as Angel in the two-part Gunsmoke episode "Vengeance." She appeared in the episode "Faire Ladies of France" (1967) of the NBC western series The Road West starring Barry Sullivan and a Bonanza episode "A Sure Thing" (1967) as Trudy Loughlin, guest starring Tom Tully as Burt Loughlin, her father. She also appeared in 3 episodes of Gunsmoke: "The Lure" (1967) as Carrie Neely, "Vengeance: Part 1" (1967) as Angel, and "Vengeance: Part 2" (1967) again as Angel. She was cast in the 1972 movie, The People, which also starred William Shatner, reuniting them from their Star Trek appearance. She also played the unhinged Virginia Caulderwood in the first television miniseries, Rich Man, Poor Man with Nick Nolte, Peter Strauss, and Susan Blakely in 1976.

Darby also had the central role of Sally Farnham in the made-for-TV horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973). Her subsequent television roles included guest appearances on Crazy Like a Fox, The Love Boat, The Streets of San Francisco, Riptide, and Becker.

In the late 1980s, she began to teach acting in the Los Angeles area and has been an instructor in the Extension Program at the University of California, Los Angeles since 1992. Darby also appeared as a female convict in an episode of The X-Files ("Sein und Zeit", 1999) who falsely confesses to the murder of her son who disappeared under mysterious circumstances related to a current occurrence being investigated by Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

In 2014, she played Stacia Clairborne, a partially blind witness to a crime, in the episode "Prologue" of the show Perception.

Darby continues to make guest appearances on television and to make occasional films.

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