Olive Deering

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Olive Deering
Olive Deering (1943).jpg
Olive Deering in 1943
Born Olive Corn
(1918-10-11)October 11, 1918
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died March 22, 1986(1986-03-22) (aged 67)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1947–1973
Spouse(s) Leo Penn (19??-1952; divorced)

Olive Deering (October 11, 1918 – March 22, 1986) was an American actress of film, television, and the stage, active from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. She was a life member of The Actors Studio,[1] as was her brother, Alfred Ryder. Both of Olive Deering's parents were Jewish.

Early years[edit]

Deering began attending the Professional Children's School when she was 11.[2]

Career[edit]

Stage[edit]

Her first stage role was a walk-on bit in Girls in Uniform (1933). She appeared onstage in Moss Hart's Winged Victory, Richard II (starring Maurice Evans) and Counsellor-at-Law (starring Paul Muni). She received kudos for her performance in the Los Angeles production of Tennessee Williams's Suddenly Last Summer. Other stage appearances included No For An Answer, Ceremony of Innocence, Marathon '33, The Young Elizabeth, They Walk Alone, and Garden District.[3]

In 1940, Deering and Ryder co-starred in Medicine Show on Broadway.[4]

Film[edit]

The films she appeared in included Shock Treatment and Caged. In 1948, director Cecil B. DeMille cast her as Miriam, the Danite girl who loves Samson, in his film Samson and Delilah. In his autobiography, DeMille wrote that Deering was "one whose talent and dedication to her art should carry her very far in the theater, whether on screen or stage."[5] DeMille cast her again, this time in the role of the real biblical Miriam, the sister of Moses, in The Ten Commandments.[6]

Radio[edit]

Deering also appeared on many radio programs, which included Lone Journey,[7] True Story and Against the Storm, playing in more than 200 television programs, including Desdemona on the Philco Summer Playhouse production of Othello.

Television[edit]

One of Deering's early television appearances was in an episode of Suspense on June 12, 1951.[8] Others included the role of murderer Rebecca Gentrie in the 1958 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Empty Tin." On June 6, 1962, she starred in "Journey to Oblivion," an episode of Armstrong Circle Theatre.[9] She had a memorable supporting role in the classic Sci Fi TV series Outer Limits, in an episode titled The Zanti Misfits, which aired December 30, 1963. One of her last television appearances was in an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour called "One of the Family" (original air date February 8, 1965).[10]

Death[edit]

She died of cancer at the age of 67, and was interred in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York. Divorced from film director Leo Penn, she had no children and was survived only by her brother, actor Alfred Ryder.

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode
1951 Grand Central Station God's Own Mountain[11]
1953 Marcia Akers Marcia Akers[12]
1956 City Hospital [13]

Television appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode
1950 Television Theater Portrait in Smoke[14]
1955 Studio One Summer Theater The Pit[15]
1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook The Wild Swant[16]
1958 Climax Deadly Tattoo[17]
1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Kind Waitress[18]
1960 Armstrong Circle Theatre The Numbers Racket[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. 
  2. ^ Heimer, Mel (March 23, 1950). "My New York". The Marysville Tribune. p. 12. Retrieved May 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ New York Times obituary, nytimes.com, March 27, 1986; accessed July 9, 2014.
  4. ^ "Brother and Sister In 'Medicine Show'". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. April 7, 1940. p. 51. Retrieved May 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ DeMille, Cecil B. (1959). The Autobiography of Cecil B. DeMille. Prentice Hall. p. 400. ISBN 0-82-405757-0. 
  6. ^ Orrison, Katherine (1999). Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille's Epic The Ten Commandments. Vestal Press. p. 51. ISBN 1-46-173481-9. 
  7. ^ Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 186.
  8. ^ "Video Highlights". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 12, 1951. p. 13. Retrieved May 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ "Alcoholic's Story To Be Theme of Circle Theatre". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. June 3, 1962. p. 65. Retrieved May 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ New York Times obituary, ibid.
  11. ^ Kuhns, Kay C. (July 5, 1951). "MBS Spotlight Focuses On Major Sports Events". The Kokomo Tribune. p. 41. Retrieved May 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  12. ^ "Dial Chatter". The La Crosse Tribune. November 11, 1953. p. 20. Retrieved May 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  13. ^ Russell, Fred H. (November 27, 1956). "'City Hospital' Back on Radio Saturday". The Bridgeport Post. p. 28. Retrieved May 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  14. ^ "(TV listing)". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. October 22, 1950. p. 17. Retrieved May 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  15. ^ "Picture Lines". Daily Independent Journal. September 12, 1955. p. 12. Retrieved May 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  16. ^ "TV Scout". El Paso Herald-Post. September 12, 1958. p. 8. Retrieved May 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  17. ^ "(TV listing)". Independent. May 1, 1958. p. 24. Retrieved May 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  18. ^ "East Is East but West Is Bullets Plus Badmen". The Salt Lake City Tribune. March 28, 1959. p. 11. Retrieved May 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  19. ^ "TV Viewing Highlights". Lake Charles American-Press. April 13, 1960. p. 9. Retrieved May 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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