Celeste Yarnall

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Celeste Yarnall
Celeste Yarnall 1967.jpg
Yarnall in 1967
Born
Celeste Jeanne Yarnall

(1944-07-26)July 26, 1944
DiedOctober 7, 2018(2018-10-07) (aged 74)
OccupationActress
Years active1962–2018
Spouse(s)
  • Sheldon Silverstein
    (m. 1964; div. 1970)
    [1]
  • Robert Colman
    (m. 1979; div. 1990)
    [1]
  • Nazim Nazim
    (m. 2010–2018)
Children1
WebsiteCelesteYarnall.com

Celeste Jeanne Yarnall (July 26, 1944 – October 7, 2018) was an American actress primarily of the 1960s and 1970s. She started her career on television before moving to feature film roles.

Career[edit]

A native of Long Beach, California, Yarnall was discovered by Ozzie Nelson and his son Ricky[2] in 1962[citation needed] and appeared on their show The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. She was named Miss Rheingold 1964[3] (the last person to hold that title)[2] while modeling and appearing in TV commercials. She made her film debut in 1963 in The Nutty Professor and, after appearing at the 1967 Cannes Film Festival, was spotted by producer Harry Alan Towers, who scouted her to appear as the central character in his film Eve. She also appeared as a "Scream Queen" who is terrorized by a headless monster in the 1971 film, Beast of Blood.

Yarnall was known for her role as Yeoman Martha Landon in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Apple" (1967), a series she would return to in Star Trek: Of Gods and Men in 2006. She was cast in a small role opposite Elvis Presley in Live a Little, Love a Little (1968), as a party-goer wearing a glittery silver mini-dress and briefly a white fur coat, who captures Presley's attention and prompts him to sing "A Little Less Conversation". After she attended the Cannes Film Festival in 1968, the National Association of Theatre Owners named her "Most Promising New Star" for 1968, and the Foreign Press Corps named her "Most Photogenic Beauty of the Year".[2] In 1971, she starred as the titular vampire in Stephanie Rothman's low-budget film The Velvet Vampire, of which Dave Kehr of the Chicago Reader said, "Given the genre (horror) and the budget (extremely low), it may seem perverse to say that Stephanie Rothman's 1971 film is among the best women's films ever made, but so it is." [4]

Personal life[edit]

Yarnall was married to Sheldon Silverstein from 1964 until 1970, with Silverstein, she had her only child, a daughter, Camilla Yarnall (b.1970), and to Robert Colman from 1979 until 1990.[5] On July 2, 2010, she married British artist Nazim Nazim in Ventura, California.

Later years and death[edit]

When her acting career diminished, Yarnall began to work in real estate. Despite warnings about limited opportunities for success, she earned a six-figure income in her first year with a real-estate firm. By 1982, she owned Celeste Yarnall & Associates, which a syndicated columnist described as "one of L.A.'s top office real-estate firms."[6]

In 1998, Yarnall achieved a doctorate in nutrition, following which she taught nutrition at Pacific Western University. She also became a breeder of Tonkinese cats and wrote two books: Natural Dog Care: A Complete Guide to Holistic Care for Dogs and Natural Cat Care: A Complete Guide to Holistic Care for Cats.[5]

Yarnall died in Westlake Village, California on October 7, 2018, aged 74, from ovarian cancer which she had been diagnosed with in 2014.[7][8][9][10]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1963 The Nutty Professor College Student Uncredited
1963 A New Kind of Love Uncredited
1963 Under the Yum Yum Tree College Girl Uncredited
1966 Around the World Under the Sea Secretary
1968 Eve Eve
1968 Live a Little, Love a Little Ellen
1969 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Susan
1970 Beast of Blood Myra J. Russell
1971 The Velvet Vampire Diane LeFanu
1972 The Mechanic The Mark's Girl
1973 Scorpio Helen Thomas
1987 Fatal Beauty Laura
1990 Shattered Dreams Madge
1990 Funny About Love Madge
1991 Driving Me Crazy Volvo Boss
1991 Driving Me Crazy Beverly Hills Shopper
1993 Born Yesterday Mrs. Hedges
1993 Midnight Kiss Sheila
2003 Shrink Rap Gloria
2007 The Two Sisters Nurse Louise Brennan
2012 Elvis Found Alive Celeste Yarnall
2018 Unbelievable!!!!!
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1962 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet Girl Episode: "Rick and the Maid of Honor"
1962-1963 My Three Sons Ginny Stewart 2 episodes
1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Andrea Fouchet Episode: "The Monks of St. Thomas Affair"
1967 Star Trek: The Original Series Yeoman Martha Landon Episode: "The Apple"
1968 It Takes a Thief Ilsa Episode: "Locked in the Cradle of the Keep"
1968 Hogan's Heroes Nanny / Wilhelmina 2 episodes
1968 Land of the Giants Marna Whelan Episode: "The Golden Cage"
1971 Columbo Gloria Episode: "Ransom for a Dead Man"
2007 Star Trek: Of Gods and Men Special Wedding Guest

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Celeste Yarnall". glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com.
  2. ^ a b c "Celeste Yarnall parlayed 'photogenic beauty' into career as 1960s love interest and cult star". National Post. October 23, 2018. Archived from the original on December 24, 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Tapped". Daily News. New York, New York City. December 20, 1963. p. 14. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Kehr, Dave. "The Velvet Vampire". Chicago Reader.
  5. ^ a b "Celeste Yarnall, 74". Classic Images (522): 48. December 2018.
  6. ^ Kleiner, Dick (October 1, 1982). "Starlet Finds Niche". Journal Gazette. Illinois, Mattoon. Newspaper Enterprise Association. p. 24. Retrieved December 24, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Evans, Greg (October 9, 2018). "Celeste Yarnall Dies: 'Star Trek' Actress & Elvis Co-Star Was 74". Deadline. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  8. ^ "Celeste Yarnall's Cancer Battle -- In Her Own Words". StarTrek.com. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "Remembering TOS Guest Star, Celeste Yarnall, 1944-2018". Startrek.com. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "Celeste Yarnall, Alluring Actress of the 1960s, Dies at 74". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved October 10, 2018.

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