Rhue in 1961.
October 3, 1935
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Died||December 16, 2003
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Occupation||Film, television actress|
|Spouse(s)||Tony Young (1962–1970) (divorced)|
Life and career
Rhue was born in Washington, D.C.. Rhue graduated from Los Angeles High School and studied drama at Los Angeles City College. From the 1950s to the 1990s, Rhue (née Madeleine Roche) appeared in some twenty films, including Operation Petticoat (1959) A Majority of One (1960), Escape from Zahrain (1962) and Stanley Kramer's It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). She also was a guest star in dozens of television series, including a 1967 appearance as Khan Noonien Singh's love interest (Lieutenant Marla McGivers) in the Star Trek episode "Space Seed". In 1960, Rhue had played the spouse of another Ricardo Montalbán character in an episode of NBC's Bonanza. That year she also played the title role of Marian Ames in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Wayward Wife".
Other guest appearances included Cheyenne in 1955; Have Gun – Will Travel, Gunsmoke, Riverboat, The Rebel, and Rawhide in 1959; Pony Express, Sugarfoot, Checkmate, The Alaskans, Bourbon Street Beat, and The Roaring 20s in 1960; Route 66 in 1962; The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1963; The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in 1964 and 1967, Daniel Boone in 1965; The Fugitive in 1964 and 1966; Ironside in 1967; The Wild Wild West in 1967; Hawaii Five-O and Mannix in 1968; Bracken's World in 1969–1970; Mission: Impossible in 1972; Starsky & Hutch in 1975;Fantasy Island in 1978; and Charlie's Angels in 1979. She also made appearances on the quiz show, The Match Game from 1974 to 1976.
In 1977, Rhue was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She continued to work, including a role on Days of our Lives, but by 1985, she needed a wheelchair and was limited to parts that did not require her to walk or stand, such as a recurring roles in Murder She Wrote and Houston Knights, with Michael Beck and Michael Pare.
- "Madlyn Rhue, 68; TV Actress Kept Working With Multiple Sclerosis". Los Angeles Times. December 18, 2003. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- "After Years of Lying, Actress Madlyn Rhue Reveals Truth About Her Multiple Sclerosis". People 28 (20). November 16, 1987. Retrieved 2013-08-11.
- Madlyn Rhue, Television Actress, Dies at 68
- Madlyn Rhue at the Internet Movie Database
- Madlyn Rhue at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
- Madlyn Rhue at Find a Grave