May 17, 1938 |
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Rockne Tarkington (1968-70; divorced); 2 children
Joby Baker (1959-61; divorced)
Blackman made her television acting debut as a guest performer in a 1957 series, Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans, and then appeared in her first motion picture, Good Day for a Hanging, in 1959. She had a significant role in two Elvis Presley films. She played Maile Duval in the 1961 film Blue Hawaii and the following year played Rose Grogan in Kid Galahad. She also appeared with Dean Martin in Career (1959), and played Ellen Spelding vis-à-vis Kreton, the character of Jerry Lewis in Visit to a Small Planet (1960). Her other film appearances included roles in The Great Impostor (1961), Twilight of Honor (1963), Daring Game (1968), Pets (1974), Macon County Line (1974), and Moonrunners (1975).
She married black actor Rockne Tarkington in July 1968 during the Civil Rights Movement. They divorced in October 1970. They have two children together. She and her second ex-husband, Joby Baker, met in drama school. She appeared once in each of the television series; Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Perry Mason and I Spy.
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