Bonnie Beecher

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Bonnie Beecher
Bonnie Jean Boettcher

(1941-04-25) April 25, 1941 (age 79)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Other namesJahanara Romney
OccupationActivist, Singer, Actress
Spouse(s)Wavy Gravy
Jahanara Romney with husband Wavy Gravy in 2013

Bonnie Jean Beecher,[1] née Boettcher,[2] and later known as Jahanara Romney,[1] (born April 25, 1941),[2] is an American activist, and retired actress and singer.


Bonnie Jean Boettcher was born April 25, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota[1][2] to Art and Jean Boettcher.

She knew Bob Dylan during his early career, they dated briefly in college, and she may have been the inspiration for his song "Girl from the North Country" however alternatively it may have been about his high school girlfriend, Echo Helstrom Casey or another college-era girlfriend Suze Rotolo.[1][3] Beecher's singing is heard on the 1960 bootleg recording of Bob Dylan known as the "Minneapolis Party Tape", which was recorded while they were dating.[4] Some of Dylan's earliest recordings in 1961 were recorded at her Minneapolis home.[5]

She made her television debut in an episode of The Twilight Zone, "Come Wander with Me".[6] She also played Sylvia, Chekov's love interest, in "Spectre of the Gun",[6] an episode of Star Trek wherein the crew of the Enterprise re-enacts the gunfight at the OK Corral.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Beecher married Wavy Gravy (born Hugh Romney) on May 22, 1967.[8] She adopted the name Jahanara Romney, shortly after marriage.[9] The couple have a son together, born in 1971 as Howdy Do-Good Gravy Tomahawk Truckstop Romney, who has since become known as Jordan Romney.[9]

She has worked as Administrative Director (under the name Jahanara Romney) of Camp Winnarainbow since 1983. Her husband (under the name Wavy Gravy) serves as director of the camp, which is located near Laytonville, Mendocino County in Northern California.[10]


Year Title Role Type Notes
1964 The Twilight Zone singer Mary Rachel Television Episode: “Come Wander With Me.”[6]
1964 The Farmer's Daughter Television
1965 Mr. Novak Television
1965 Burke's Law Television
1965 Peyton Place Television
1966 The Donna Reed Show Television
1966 The Fugitive Television Episode: "Ill Wind"
1967 The Invaders Television
1967 Gunsmoke Television
1968 Cowboy in Africa Television
1968 Star Trek Sylvia Television Episode: "Spectre of the Gun"[6] she plays Chekov's love interest.
1968 The Outsider


  1. ^ a b c d "'Love them or lose them' — Wavy Gravy's Sartell mother-in-law chose first". St. Cloud Times. Saint Cloud, Minnesota. August 13, 1989. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Rubin, Steven (2017). Twilight Zone Encyclopedia. Chicago Review Press. p. 85. ISBN 9781613738917. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "The original 'Girl From the North Country,' Bob Dylan's high school sweetheart has died". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  4. ^ "My father recorded young Bob Dylan: How the historic "Minneapolis Party Tape" was made". Salon. 2019-05-08. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  5. ^ "Set Lists: May 1, 1961: The Home of Bonnie Beecher". Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d Rubin, Steve (2018-04-25). "April 25 in Twilight Zone History: Happy Birthday to actress Bonnie Beecher and actor/director Paul Mazursky". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
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  8. ^ "Hugh M Romney & Bonnie Beecher, California Marriage Index, 1960-1985". Family Search (Transcription of public record.). California Department of Health Services, Sacramento. 27 November 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Holden, Stephen (2010-12-07). "'Saint Misbehavin' - The Wavy Gravy Movie' - Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-02. In 1965 Mr. Romney married Bonnie Jean Beecher, who later became Jahanara Romney and has been his wife for 45 years. We meet his cheerful son, Howdy Do-Good Gravy Tomahawk Truckstop Romney, later changed to Jordan, who was born on the seat of a Greyhound bus.
  10. ^ "The Hippie Serving Peace and Breakfast". The New York Times. December 8, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2015.

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