Olive Deering in 1943
October 11, 1918
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||March 22, 1986
New York City, New York, U.S.
|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, as was her brother, Alfred Ryder. Both of Olive Deering's parents were Jewish.
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.
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." DeMille cast her again, this time in the role of the real biblical Miriam, the sister of Moses, in The Ten Commandments.
Deering also appeared on many radio programs, which included Lone Journey, True Story and Against the Storm, playing in more than 200 television programs, including Desdemona on the Philco Summer Playhouse production of Othello.
One of Deering's early television appearances was in an episode of Suspense on June 12, 1951. 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. 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).
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.
|1951||Grand Central Station||God's Own Mountain|
|1953||Marcia Akers||Marcia Akers|
|1950||Television Theater||Portrait in Smoke|
|1955||Studio One Summer Theater||The Pit|
|1958||Shirley Temple's Storybook||The Wild Swant|
|1959||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||The Kind Waitress|
|1960||Armstrong Circle Theatre||The Numbers Racket|
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- "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.
- "TV Viewing Highlights". Lake Charles American-Press. April 13, 1960. p. 9. Retrieved May 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Olive Deering at the Internet Movie Database
- Olive Deering at the Internet Broadway Database
- Olive Deering at Find a Grave