Connie Hines

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Connie Hines
Connie Hines 1961.JPG
Hines as Carol Post, 1961.
Born(1931-03-24)March 24, 1931
DiedDecember 18, 2009(2009-12-18) (aged 78)
Resting placeWestwood Memorial Park
Years active1959–1971
Spouse(s)Unknown (divorced)
Lee Savin (m. 1970-1995, his death)[1]

Connie Hines (March 24, 1931 – December 18, 2009) was an American actress, best known for playing Alan Young's wife, Carol Post, on the 1960s sitcom Mister Ed.


Hines was one of four children born in Dedham in Norfolk County, Massachusetts to an actress mother and a Boston-based teacher/acting coach father.[2] As a child, she appeared in many of her father's stock-company plays. A member of the class of 1948 at Dedham High School, she was voted the most popular girl in her class. She dated the captain of the football team and was class secretary. She tried out unsuccessfully for a part in the senior class play.[3]

After her father's death, Hines married an insurance agent and moved to Jacksonville, Florida. She worked as a model and as a radio and stage actress there, with her own programs on WMBR-TV,[4] and joined a stock company in Miami. By the time she was divorced, Hines traveled to New York City to study with the Helen Hayes Equity Group. When she came to Hollywood, she lived in an apartment, rented a car and began acting with a role on an episode of the syndicated television series Whirlybirds. Hines' first film role was in 1960's Thunder in Carolina. She also appeared in 1960 episodes of Sea Hunt and M Squad.

Hines made a guest appearance on the CBS western series Johnny Ringo as Lily in the episode "The Assassins." She also guested on an episode of Bachelor Father and made two guest appearances on Perry Mason. In 1960 she played defendant Lucy Stevens in "The Case of the Singular Double," then later played Sandra Dalgran, the wife of a murder victim, in a 1962 episode, "The Case of the Counterfeit Crank."

Hines was cast as Lucy Bridges in the 1960 episode "Chicota Landing" of the Darren McGavin NBC western series Riverboat, along with Richard Chamberlain as a United States Army lieutenant.[5]

Mister Ed[edit]

Hines auditioned for and won the role of Wilbur Post's wife Carol on Mister Ed, which was perhaps her best-known character. Hines considered the job as just a steady paycheck, as the storylines focused more on the relationship of Wilbur and Mister Ed (the talking horse) than her. Around the same time, she took some acting, dancing and music classes. She continued on Mister Ed until the series ended in 1966, then took guest parts on television shows such as Bonanza and The Mod Squad before she retired in 1971. Young and Hines performed together in 1996 in Irvine, California in the two-person play Love Letters, which deals with the correspondence of a man and woman over fifty years.


A divorcee, Hines was remarried in 1970 to Lee Savin, an entertainment lawyer and producer. They remained together until Savin's death in 1995.[6]


Hines died from heart problems on December 18, 2009 at her home in Beverly Hills, California.[7]


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  2. ^ "Connie Hines--From Dedham to Hollywood". Pottstown Mercury. Pennsylvania, Pottstown. September 9, 1969. p. 6. Retrieved October 31, 2016 – via open access
  3. ^ Percy Shain (Sep 14, 1961). "Home Grown Talent Stars This Season" (pdf). The Boston Globe. p. 23. Retrieved 2013-08-13. I remember trying out for the senior class play and not making it. What would Miss Grant say now?
  4. ^ Musel, Robert (August 28, 1969). "Connie Hines watches for September 21" (Redlands Daily Facts). California, Redlands. United Press International. p. 14. Retrieved October 31, 2016 – via open access
  5. ^ ""Chicota Landing", Riverboat, December 5, 1960". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "Connie Hines dies; costar on TV's 'Mister Ed'". Los Angeles Times. 2009-12-22.
  7. ^ Los Angeles Times obituary, ibid.

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