Garland in 1969.
|Born||Beverly Lucy Fessenden
October 17, 1926
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
|Died||December 5, 2008
Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.
|Other names||Beverly Campbell|
|Spouse(s)||Bob Campbell (1945 divorced)
Richard Garland (1951–53; divorced)
Filmore Crank (1960–99, 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. She may be best remembered 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 had a recurring role as Ginger Jackson on 7th Heaven.
Early life and career
Garland was born Beverly Lucy Fessenden in Santa Cruz, California, the daughter of Amelia Rose (née Scherer), a businesswoman, and James Atkins Fessenden, a singer and salesman. Garland grew up in Glendale, California. She was a drama student of Anita Arliss.
In the 1950s, many of her roles were of secure, 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. (she was credited as "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 films were directed by Roger Corman, and all were riffed in the 1990s by Mystery Science Theater 3000. Garland was romantically linked to Corman briefly in the mid '50s but apparently broke up with him because he was too busy making movies to have a real relationship at the time.
Garland appeared from 1957 to 1958 as undercover police officer "Casey Jones" in the syndicated television series Decoy, 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 rodeo clown. Garland and Akins appeared together again in the 1960 episode "Prison Trail" of the TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive and again in the 1963 episode "The Chooser of the Slain" of The Dakotas.
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 Frontier. On September 5, 1955, she co-starred in an episode of Science Fiction Theatre called "The Negative Man". Around the same time, she appeared in the first Brian Keith series, Crusader. She appeared twice in 1960 as "Doris Denny Bona" in the episodes "Remember the Alamo" and "The Widow of Kill Cove" of Cameron's third syndicated series, COronado 9. In 1960, Garland was cast as Dr. Nora James in the episode "Three Graves" of Riverboat. Ms. Garland also appeared in 1960 in episode 28, 'Saddles and Spurs', of the first season of the western show Laramie.
She guest-starred in 1963 as Marya Stone in the episode "What Did She Mean By Good Luck?" on The Eleventh Hour. She appeared in a season-one episode, "Smoke Screen", of The Fugitive. In the 1964-65 television season, she co-starred as Ellie Collins on The Bing Crosby Show. She appeared in the 1968 feature film Pretty Poison but is best known for playing suburban mothers on My Three Sons and Scarecrow and Mrs. King Garland was featured on Remington Steele as the mother of Laura Holt (played by series star Stephanie Zimbalist). Her decades of television guest appearances include appearances on episodes of Twilight Zone, Kung Fu, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
On 7th Heaven, she appeared in nine episodes as Ginger Jackson, stepmother of Annie Camden, opposite Graham Jarvis. In addition to working with Graves on 7th Heaven, Garland also starred opposite Graves's brother, James Arness, in four episodes of Gunsmoke. On radio, she was an original player of the California Actors Radio Theatre (C.A.R.T.). 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.
Subsequently, Garland combined her acting career with an increased devotion to the hotel that Crank built and named for her. Originally built as a Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge in the 1970s, a sprawling 255-room Spanish-Mission style resort called the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn is located at 4222 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood. The hotel continues to be owned by her family and managed by her son, James Fessenden Crank. Garland's daughter, actress Carrington Garland (born 1964), is best known for her portrayal of the third Kelly Capwell in the soap opera Santa Barbara.
On December 5, 2008, Garland died from undisclosed causes after a lengthy illness in the mid-century contemporary house in the Hollywood Hills that was her home for over 40 years. 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. She was survived by a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren.
TV and filmography
|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||The Miami Story||Holly Abbott|
|The Desperado||Laurie Bannerman|
|Killer Leopard||Linda Winters|
|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|
|Navy Log||Sally||TV, 1 episode|
|Science Fiction Theater||Sally Torens||TV, 1 episode, "The 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|
|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|
|Danger Man||Jo Harris||TV, 1 episode|
|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||"House of the Seven Gables" (one of three stories in the film)|
|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 episode, "The One with All the Poker"|
|Ellen||Eva||TV, 1 episode|
|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 Princess
|"The Mighty Knothead"
|2002||Weakest Link||Herself (contestant)||TV Moms Edition (1st one voted off)|
|2003||National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2||Aunt Jessica|
- Beverly Garland profile, filmreference.com; accessed July 27, 2015.
- Bergan, Ronald (December 15, 2008). "Beverly Garland: Spirited heroine of 1950s B-movies and schlock horror films". The Guardian. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
- Beverly Garland at the Internet Movie Database
- ""Rodeo Rough House", State Trooper, February 3, 1956". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- "The Chooser of the Slain". Internet Movie Data Base. April 22, 1963. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- Madden, Donald (December 8, 1969). "Beverly Garland's Husband Is A Putterer Par Excellence". The Daily Times-News. p. 25. Retrieved July 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn, highwayhost.org; accessed July 31, 2015.
- McLellan, Dennis. "Beverly Garland, versatile actress in film and TV, dies at 82", latimes.com, December 7, 2008.