Kobe in 1959
Gabriella Joyce Kobe|
March 19, 1932
Hamtramck, Wayne County, Michigan, U.S.
August 1, 2013 (aged 81)|
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Riverlawn Cemetery, Marysville, Michigan|
|Occupation||Actress, television producer|
Richard I. Kramer (April 26, 1957–?)|
Edward S. Lees (1971–1972; divorced)
Kobe was born Gabriella Joyce Kobe in Hamtramck in Wayne County in southeastern Michigan to Benjamin and Theresa Kobe. She had one sister, Beatrice Kobe Adamski, who predeceased her. Kobe graduated from UCLA earning a fine arts degree in theatre and dance.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Kobe made guest appearances on The Californians, The Rebel, Mackenzie's Raiders, Blue Light, Felony Squad, Ironside, The Outer Limits, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, The Fugitive, Bourbon Street Beat, Maverick, M Squad (four episodes), Whirlybirds, Perry Mason, Hogan's Heroes, The Twilight Zone ("In His Image", "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross", "A World of Difference"), Dr. Kildare, Empire, Gunsmoke, Cheyenne, Daniel Boone, Mission: Impossible, The Untouchables, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Mod Squad, Trackdown, and Mannix. In 1962, she portrayed Dr. Louise Amadon in the episode "A Woman's Place" on Rawhide, about a woman doctor's struggles against stereotypes in the Old West.
Kobe was cast as Penny Adams in four episodes of the 1957–1959 CBS western series, Trackdown, with Robert Culp as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman. She also appeared in two other Trackdown episodes as other characters.
In the series, Laramie, Kobe played a saloon girl in the episode "Gun Duel" (aired December 25, 1962).
Kobe had a six-month role in 1965 as Doris Schuster in Peyton Place.
Kobe began to work behind the camera as supervising producer and associate producer on such daytime programs as CBS's The Edge of Night and NBC's Return to Peyton Place. From 1981–82, its final year on the air, Kobe became executive producer of the NBC soap opera, Texas. From 1983 to 1986, she was the executive producer of CBS's Guiding Light (for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award) and then served as a producer on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful from its debut in 1987 through the early 1990s.
Kobe was a member of St. Louis Church. She volunteered many hours to Eisenhower Medical Center and the Palm Springs Art Museum while she lived in Palm Springs. While she resided at the Motion Picture Television Fund Home in Woodland Hills, California, she organized the program, We've Got Mail, which airs on cable Channel 22.
For the last two years of her life, the twice-married Kobe resided at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, where she died on August 1, 2013, aged 81, from undisclosed causes.
- East of Eden (1955) - Student (uncredited)
- The Ten Commandments (1956) - Pretty Slave Girl
- Gunsmoke in Tucson (1958) - Katy Porter
- Tales of Wells Fargo (date unknown)
- Funeral info re Kobe, freep.com; accessed February 26, 2014.
- Some sources have cited 1929 or 1931 as possible years of birth, but U.S. census records indicate 1932, and 1972 California divorce records from her husband, Edward S. Lees clearly states 1932 as her year of birth
- According to the 1940 United States census records, her name is listed as "Gabriella Kobe" and her age is eight years old, indicating 1932 year of birth; it is unclear if her parents, listed as Benjamin and Theresa Kobe, changed their apparent original surname (Kieliszewski) before the census, or if they adopted the name at some other time.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. California, Divorce Index, 1966–1984 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: State of California. California Divorce Index, 1966–1984. Microfiche. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
- Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
- Gail Kobe obituary, deathnotices.michigan.com; September 22, 2013; accessed February 26, 2014.
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