Beverly Garland

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Beverly Garland
Beverly Garland 1969.JPG
Garland in 1969.
Born Beverly Lucy Fessenden
(1926-10-17)October 17, 1926
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
Died December 5, 2008(2008-12-05) (aged 82)
Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.
Other names Beverly Campbell
Occupation Actress
Years active 1950–2005
Spouse(s) Bob Campbell (1945 divorced)
Richard Garland (1951–1953) (divorced)
Filmore Crank (1960–1999, his death) 2 children

Beverly Garland (October 17, 1926 – December 5, 2008) was an American film and television actress, businesswoman, and hotel owner. Her work in feature films was fairly minor, consisting of small parts in a few major productions and leads in low-budget action or science fiction movies. But she was very busy and visible in television for decades.

Garland's most remembered TV role was as Barbara Harper Douglas, the woman who married widower Steve Douglas (Fred MacMurray) in the latter years of the beloved sitcom My Three Sons. She played that role from 1969 until the series ended in 1972. In the 1980s, she co-starred as Kate Jackson's widowed mother, "Dotty West", in the CBS television series Scarecrow and Mrs. King. She also had a recurring role as Ginger Jackson on The WB Television Network series 7th Heaven.


Early life and career[edit]

Garland was born Beverly Lucy Fessenden in Santa Cruz, California, the daughter of Amelia Rose, a businesswoman, and James Atkins Fessenden, a singer and salesman.[1] Garland grew up in Glendale, California. Her 1950s acting roles tended to be tough women who could handle themselves in violent situations. One such role was as a secrets-keeping secretary in the classic film noir D.O.A.—in which her screen credit was "Beverly Campbell." 1956 was a busy year for Garland: she played a female marshal in the Western Gunslinger with Chris Alcaide as her deputy; a prison escapee in Swamp Diamonds; and a scientist's wife who battles an alien in It Conquered the World. All three movies were directed by Roger Corman and riffed in the 1990s by Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Television success[edit]

Garland appeared from 1957 to 1958 as undercover police officer "Casey Jones" in the syndicated television series Decoy. Oddly, Alan Hale, Jr., appeared at the time in a syndicated adventure series, Casey Jones, loosely based on the railroad engineer from Tennessee. Decoy is the first American television police series with a woman in the starring role. It lasted a single season of thirty-nine episodes.

Garland guest starred in 1956 as Nelli Austin, a rodeo sharpshooter, in the episode "Rodeo Rough House" of Rod Cameron's syndicated drama series, State Trooper. Claude Akins appeared in this episode as the murderous but unnamed rodeo clown.[2] Garland and Akins appeared together again in the 1960 episode "Prison Trail", Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV series) and again in the 1963 episode "The Chooser of the Slain" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, The Dakotas.[3]

In 1955, Garland had been cast in the episode "Man Down, Woman Screaming" of Rod Cameron's first syndicated series, City Detective, the story of a tough New York City police lieutenant. She appeared that same year as Sarah Garvey in the episode "Cattle Drive to Casper" of the NBC anthology series, Frontier. On September 5, 1955, she co-starred in an episode of Science Fiction Theatre called "The Negative Man. About this time, she also appeared in the first Brian Keith series Crusader, a Cold War drama which aired on CBS.

Garland appeared twice as Doris Denny Bona in the episodes "Remember the Alamo" and "The Widow of Kill Cove" in 1960 in Cameron's third syndicated series, COronado 9.

In 1960, Garland was cast as Dr. Nora James, with Robert Bray as Tom Byson, in the episode "Three Graves" of the NBC western series, Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin. In the story line, mystery shrouds three mysterious recent graves in a town along the Mississippi River. Townspeople refuse to discuss what happened.[4]

Garland guest starred in 1963 as Marya Stone in the episode "What Did She Mean By Good Luck?" in NBC's medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour. She also appeared in a season one episode, "Smoke Screen", of ABC's The Fugitive, starring David Janssen.

In the 1964-1965 television season, Garland co-starred in the role of Ellie Collins with Bing Crosby as husband Bing Collins in the ABC sitcom, The Bing Crosby Show. Carol Faylen and Diane Sherry played her teenaged daughters.

Although Garland co-starred with Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld in the 1968 feature film Pretty Poison, she is best known for playing suburban mothers on My Three Sons and The Scarecrow and Mrs. King. Garland was featured in the NBC series Remington Steele as the mother of Stephanie Zimbalist's character, detective Laura Holt.

Her decades of television guest appearances range from the first-season Twilight Zone episode "The Four of Us Are Dying," about a con artist with a thousand faces (1960). Garland also guest starred in an episode in the final season of the martial arts western series, Kung Fu. She reprised her earlier western personae as a tough gun-slinging widow. She appeared on the The Mary Tyler Moore Show as a long-ago girlfriend of Lou Grant. Garland also had a recurring role as the mother of character Lois Lane on the 1990s TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, starring Teri Hatcher.

On 7th Heaven, she appeared in nine episodes as Ginger Jackson, the stepmother of Annie Camden, opposite Graham Jarvis as Charles Jackson, Annie's father. Peter Graves, the brother of James Arness, appeared in 7th Heaven as Eric Camden's father, John "The Colonel" Camden, with Barbara Rush in the role of Eric's mother, Ruth Camden. In addition to working with Graves on 7th Heaven, Garland also starred opposite James Arness in four Gunsmoke episodes until the long-running western ended in 1975.

On radio, Garland was an original player of the California Actors Radio Theatre. C.A.R.T. often recorded its programs on the grounds of Garland's hotel in The Beverly Garland Little Theater, which was decorated with large movie posters from many of her feature films.

For her contribution to the television industry, Garland has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.

Business career[edit]

Garland owned and operated the Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn (4222 Vineland Avenue)[5] in Studio City at the time of her death.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, her husband of thirty-nine years, businessman Filmore Crank, died.[6] Subsequently, Garland combined her acting career with an increased devotion to the hotel that Crank built and named for her. Situated on the former Gene Autry property and originally built as a Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge in the 1970s,[7] the sprawling 255-room Spanish-Mission style resort the Beverly Garland is located in Studio City. The hotel continues to be owned by her family and managed by her son, James Fessenden Crank.

Garland's daughter, actress Carrington Garland, is perhaps best known for her portrayal of the third Kelly Capwell on the soap opera Santa Barbara.


On December 5, 2008, Garland died in the mid-century contemporary house in the Hollywood Hills that was her home of over 40 years.[8] A memorial service and reception was attended by several hundred people on December 13 at her namesake hotel property, Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn. Her body was cremated.


Year Title Role Other notes
1950 D.O.A. Miss Foster Credited as Beverly Campbell
The Lone Ranger Laura Lawson TV, 1 episode
1951 Strictly Dishonorable Armorclad Mentoring Isabelle in opera Caesar Uncredited
1953 The Neanderthal Man Nola Mason, waitress
1954 Medic Estelle Collins TV, 1 episode, nominated for Best Actress in a Single Performance Emmy Award
1954–1956 Four Star Playhouse Various roles TV, 4 episodes
1955 Swamp Women Vera
Navy Log Sally TV, 1 episode
Science Fiction Theater Sally TV, 1 episode, "Negative Man"
New Orleans Uncensored Mary Reilly
Sudden Danger Phyllis Baxter
1955–1959 The Millionaire Louise Benson/Clara TV, 2 episodes
1956 Gunslinger Marshal Rose Hood
It Conquered the World Claire Anderson
Curucu, Beast of the Amazon Dr. Andrea Romar
The Ford Television Theatre Maria Perrin TV, 1 episode
1956–1957 Wire Service Ellen Gale TV, 2 episodes
1956–1959 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Various roles TV, 4 episodes
1957 Not of This Earth Nurse Nadine Storey
Playhouse 90 Gay Sherman TV, 1 episode
The Joker Is Wild Cassie Mack
Naked Paradise Max MacKenzie
1957–1959 Decoy Casey Jones TV, 37 episodes
1958 The Saga of Hemp Brown Mona Langley
1959 Yancy Derringer Coco LaSalle TV, 2 episodes
The Alligator People Joyce Webster, aka Jane Marvin
Hawaiian Eye Rena Harrison TV, 1 episode
The Man from Blackhawk Sarah Marshall 1 episode, "Logan's Policy", series premiere
1959–1963 Rawhide Jennie Colby
TV, 3 episodes
1960 The Twilight Zone Maggie TV, 1 episode "The Four of Us Are Dying"
1959–1967 The Wonderful World of Disney Mrs. Barko TV, 6 episodes
1960 Tales of Wells Fargo Pearl Hart TV, 1 episode
Wanted: Dead or Alive Sally Lind TV, 1 episode
Hong Kong Irene Vance TV, 1 episode
Thriller Ruth Kenton TV, 1 episode
Perry Mason Mauvis Meade TV, 1 episode
1961 Checkmate Jean TV, 1 episode
The Asphalt Jungle Caroline TV, 1 episode
1961 Danger Man Jo Harris TV
1961–1962 Dr. Kildare Ann/Cynthia TV, 2 episodes
1962 Bus Stop Janie "Summer Lightning"
Cain's Hundred Jeanette "The Left Side of Canada"
Going My Way Marsha "A Saint for Momma"
The Nurses Ginny Nemets TV, 1 episode
1963 The Dakotas Katherine Channing TV, 1 episode
Sam Benedict Jan Fielding "Image of a Toad"
Twice-Told Tales Alice Pyncheon
The Fugitive Nurse Doris Stillwell TV, 1 episode
The Farmer's Daughter TV, 1 episode
1963–1970 Gunsmoke Various roles TV, 4 episodes
1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre JoAnne Kling TV, 1 episode
1965 A Man Called Shenandoah Kate TV, 1 episode
Laredo Aggie TV, 1 episode
1966 Pistols 'n' Petticoats Ross Guttley TV, 1 episode
1967 Judd, for the Defense Dorothy Shaw TV, 1 episode
1967–1969 The Wild Wild West Celia Rydell/Sally Yarnell TV, 2 episodes
1968 The Mothers-in-Law Audrey Fleming TV, 1 episode
Pretty Poison Mrs. Stepanek
1968–1973 Mannix Edna Restin TV, 3 episodes
1969 Here's Lucy Secretary TV, 1 episode (uncredited)
1969–1972 My Three Sons Barbara Harper Douglas TV, 74 episodes
1970 Then Came Bronson Beth Morse TV, 1 episode
1972 The Mod Squad TV, 1 episode
Temperatures Rising Claudia TV, 1 episode
1972–1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. Nancy Zimmer TV, 2 episodes
1973 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Mrs. Varni TV, 1 episode
The Rookies Pat Whitfield TV, 1 episode
Cannon Cecilia Thatcher TV, 1 episode
The New Adventures of Perry Mason Laura Lee TV, 1 episode
Love, American Style Maria Lombardi TV, 1 episode
1974 Where the Red Fern Grows Mother
Airport 1975 Mrs. Scott Freeman
Ironside Andrea Reynolds TV, 1 episode
1974–1975 Medical Center Kay/Madeline Stockwood TV, 2 episodes
1975 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Veronica Ludlow TV, 1 episode
1976–1977 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Cookie LaRue TV, 16 episodes
1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Thelma TV, 1 episode
Lanigan's Rabbi TV, 1 episode
The Tony Randall Show Sylvia Needleman TV, 1 episode
1979 How the West Was Won Hanna TV, 1 episode
Charlie's Angels Pat Justice TV, 1 episode
Roller Boogie Lillian Barkley
1980 Trapper John, M.D. Mrs. Kaufman TV, 2 episodes
It's My Turn Emma
1981 Hart to Hart Real Grandma TV, 1 episode
Flamingo Road TV, 1 episode
Magnum, P.I. Florence Russell TV, 1 episode
Matt Houston Mrs. Chapman TV, 1 episode
1982–1983 Remington Steele Abigail Holt TV, 2 episodes
1983–1987 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Dorothea "Dotty" West TV, 88 episodes
1985 Hotel Alice Korman TV, 1 episode
Finder of Lost Loves Lucy Rowens TV, 1 episode
1991 P.S. I Luv U Emma TV, 1 episode
1995 Friends Aunt Iris TV, 1 episodes
Ellen Eva TV, 1 episodes
1995–1997 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Ellen Lane TV, 6 episodes
1997 Diagnosis: Murder Stella TV, 1 episode
1997–2004 7th Heaven Ginger TV, 9 episodes
1998 Teen Angel Grandma TV, 2 episodes
1998-1999 The Angry Beavers High Priestess The Mighty Knot Head/Practical jerks
2002 The Weakest Link Herself (contestant) TV Moms Edition (1st one voted off)


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