Morgan Brittany

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Morgan Brittany
Born Suzanne Cupito
(1951-12-05) December 5, 1951 (age 62)
Hollywood, California, USA
Occupation Actress
Years active 1957-present
Spouse(s) Jack Gill (1981-present)

Morgan Brittany (born Suzanne Cupito, December 5, 1951[1]) is an American actress, best known for her role as Katherine Wentworth, the scheming younger half-sister of Pamela Ewing and Cliff Barnes, in the prime time soap opera Dallas.

Career[edit]

Early child career[edit]

Cupito began her career as a child in a 1957 television special called Playhouse 90. She followed that up with her first of three Twilight Zone episodes, "Nightmare as a Child", as the little girl at the end of the episode, Sissy Johnson in the fourth season episode, "Valley of the Shadow", and Susan in the fifth season episode, "Caesar and Me". She starred in the 1962 film Gypsy, as Baby June.[2] She appeared uncredited in the birthday party scene and the scene at the school house in the 1963 film The Birds. In 1964, she also appeared as a blind girl called Minerva Gordon in a two-part episode of The Outer Limits entitled "The Inheritors" with actor Robert Duvall. Cupito appeared in the final episode of the TV western series Branded in 1966, playing the role of an orphaned girl named "Kellie" in an episode of the same name. She was part of the ensemble cast in the 1968 film, Yours, Mine and Ours, which starred Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda. Cupito was also in the season 8, episode 1 of The Andy Griffith Show titled "Opie's First Love" as Mary Alice.

Adult career[edit]

Brittany as Katherine Wentworth in Dallas

At age 18, Cupito changed her name to Morgan Brittany and then appeared with Gene Kelly in his Las Vegas show, Gene Kelly's Wonderful World of Girls, as a dancer. She then moved to New York City where she modeled for The Ford Modeling Agency, and appeared in several TV commercials and print ads (including a three-year stint as "The Ultra Brite Toothpaste Girl"), and was spokesmodel for brands such as L'Oreal, Ford, Levi's and Camay. In 1974, she was hired by the Japanese cosmetics company Kanebo to be the "face" of their product "Ireine", and so moved to Tokyo for two and 1/2 years.[citation needed] In 1976, she returned to the U.S. and restarted her acting career.

In 1976, Brittany portrayed Vivien Leigh in the biopic Gable and Lombard, the first of three occasions on which she would do so.[2] That was followed by "movies of the week" and episodic television series, such as The Initiation of Sarah with Kay Lenz and Shelley Winters. The Amazing Howard Hughes with Tommy Lee Jones, and LBJ: The Early Years with Randy Quaid. She also starred in a feature/pilot Stunt Seven with Christopher Lloyd, Patrick MacNee and Elke Sommer.[1] In 1980, while filming an episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, Brittany met her future husband, stuntman Jack Gill.[3]

She appeared again as Leigh in the climax of the made-for-TV movie, The Scarlett O'Hara War in 1980, which marked the second of her three portrayals of Leigh.[4] This caught the attention of the producers of Dallas, who were searching for an actress to play the sister of Pamela Ewing, Katherine Wentworth.[3] Brittany debuted on Dallas in the 1981-1982 season. Her starring role as the sister of Pamela Ewing and Cliff Barnes continued for several seasons. In 1985, she returned for a cameo in that season's finale where she killed Bobby Ewing by running him over with a car. In a 1987 episode, after it was revealed that the previous season had been a dream, Brittany made a final brief return to the show, in which Katherine visited Pam in the hospital after a car accident. After her disappearance with Pam, Brittany went on to do other television shows and films.

In 1984, Brittany starred in her own short-lived ABC drama series, Glitter as Kate Simpson, a reporter for an entertainment magazine. She had a long association with producer Aaron Spelling. Her first show with him was Burke's Law in 1964. Later, as an adult she appeared regularly on The Love Boat, Hotel and Fantasy Island. She also starred in one of his ABC movies, The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch with Joan Collins.

Brittany and Bruce Jenner hosted the sports show Star Games. She then hosted over 100 episodes of the magazine show Photoplay, produced by Jack Haley, Jr. She has guest starred on other shows, including Married... with Children, Murder, She Wrote, The Nanny and Melrose Place. In film, Brittany starred in the cult classic Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat with David Carradine, John Ireland and Bruce Campbell.

Recent years[edit]

In the 1990s, Brittany appeared in the independent films, including Riders in the Storm (1995), Legend of the Spirit Dog (1997), The Protector (1998), The Biggest Fan (2002), Mothers and Daughters (2006), and Americanizing Shelley (2007). She also appeared in the 2010 docudrama, 1 a Minute,[5] and made a guest appearance on the television series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Son of the Beach.

Personal life[edit]

Brittany married stuntman Jack Gill in 1981. They are the parents of actress Katie Gill and musician/stuntman Cody Gill.[1]

During the 1980s, Brittany was a national ambassador for the March of Dimes. She traveled the United States raising funds and bringing awareness to the prevention of birth defects. She participated in the Congressional "Walk" in Washington, D.C., with such members of the House of Representatives as its then Speaker, Representative Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill Jr., a Massachusetts Democrat. Her time with the March of Dimes lasted two decades, and during her involvement she was invited to the White House in 1986 with Ronald Reagan and again with Bill Clinton. Brittany splits her time between Southern California and Atlanta, Georgia.[citation needed]

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