Gail Brown

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Gail Brown
Gail Brown 1927
Brown with William Russ on Another World, 1977.
Gail Ziegler
Years active1967–1987
Known forClarice Hobson on Another World
Michael Quinlan Brown
(m. 1970⁠–⁠1977)

Gordon Duggan
(m. 1981⁠–⁠1999)
(1 child)
RelativesKaren Black (sister)
Hunter Carson (nephew)

Gail Brown (née Ziegler) is an American former actress. She is best known for her role as Clarice Hobson on the NBC daytime soap opera Another World (1975–1986). She is the older sister of film actress Karen Black.

Early years[edit]

Brown was born Gail Ziegler and grew up in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois.[1] She is a daughter of Edith (née Reif), a writer[2] of several prize-winning children's novels, and Norman Arthur Ziegler, an engineer and businessman. Brown graduated from Maine Township High School East in 1955.[citation needed] Her younger sister was actress Karen Black.[1] Before she became a professional entertainer, she worked as a hatcheck girl, a typist, and a waitress.[2]


Brown left home for New York, planning to become a professional dancer.[1] She hoped to enroll in the Balanchine school but found that she was too old. Nevertheless, she became an understudy and dancer in a national touring company of Funny Girl.[2] She also performed as Mimsey and as a showgirl in the Broadway production of that musical.[3]

Brown played the role of Clarice Hobson on the soap opera Another World[2] from 1975–86 with sporadic on-off appearances following her departure.[citation needed] The role was notable for being the first comedic character on a daytime TV soap opera.[2] In his book, Eight Years in Another World, head writer Harding Lemay stated that he intended the character of Clarice to last only two days, but he was so taken by Brown's performance that he decided to add the character to the storyline.


Brown took her professional name from her first husband, Michael Quinlan Brown, and actor and a writer.[2] She was married to Brown from 1970–77. In 1981 Brown married Gordon Duggan (m. 1981–present) with whom she has two children, a son and daughter.[citation needed] Brown has written and illustrated short children stories, other short stories, and has been writing throughout her whole life. She plays piano and some guitar.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Moyer, Don (July 16, 1975). "Looking like Karen is a problem". News-Pilot. California, San Pedro. United Press International. p. 26. Retrieved May 4, 2021 – via
  2. ^ a b c d e f Thompson, Ruth E. (January 24, 1976). "Gail Brown Plays Daytime TV's First Comedy Character". The Kane Republican. Pennsylvania, Kane. p. 9. Retrieved May 4, 2021 – via
  3. ^ "Gail Brown". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on May 4, 2021. Retrieved May 4, 2021.

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