Marian McCargo

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Marian McCargo Bell
Marian McCargo in The Undefeated.jpg
Marian McCargo (1969)
Born (1932-03-18)March 18, 1932
Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.
Died April 7, 2004(2004-04-07) (aged 72)
Santa Monica, CA, U.S.
Alma mater West Hills College, Boston
Occupation Actress
Years active 1963-2009
Spouse(s) Richard Cantrell Moses, Sr.
(m. 1951; div. 1963)
(4 children)
Alphonzo E. Bell, Jr.
(m. 1970)

Marian McCargo Bell (March 18, 1932 – April 7, 2004) was a champion tennis player who later found success in film and television roles. She was sometimes credited as Marian Moses.[1] (The book Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d edition gives her date of birth as February 19, 1932.)[1]

Early life & education[edit]

Born in Pittsburgh, McCargo attended Boston's West Hills College. In 1951, she married Richard Cantrell Moses, who later became an advertising executive in Los Angeles. They had four sons: Graham Moses; actor William R. Moses;[1] director Harry Moses [2]; and actor Rick Moses[3]. They were divorced in 1963.

Acting career[edit]

Theatrical poster for the
1969 film "The Undefeated".
(McCargo standing, 2nd from left)

McCargo first entered acting as a supporting player on such popular television shows as Perry Mason (in 1964 she played murder victim Sibyll Pollard in "The Case of the Latent Lover"; and in 1965 she played defendant Louise Selff in "The Case of the Wrathful Wraith".) Her other television show appearances included: Hawaii Five-O, Hogan's Heroes, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Mannix, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E..[2]

McCargo made her feature film debut in the crime comedy Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round[3] in 1966, which was also the debut film of Harrison Ford. Subsequent film roles included: Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell in 1968 (playing opposite Peter Lawford, Gina Lollobrigida, Shelley Winters, Telly Savalas, and Phil Silvers); The Undefeated in 1969 (with John Wayne and Rock Hudson); and Doctors' Wives in 1971. McCargo also became known for her television role as Harriet Roberts on the nighttime soap, Falcon Crest.[2]

Political wife[edit]

McCargo's husband,
Congressman Alphonzo Bell

In 1970, McCargo married U.S. Congressman Alphonzo E. Bell, Jr. of California, a widower with three sons of his own. They had met while she was starring with John Wayne in The Undefeated, Wayne being a close personal friend of Bell's. She then retired from acting to become a political wife.[4]

Using the married name Marian McCargo Bell, she was active politically during his eight-term congressional career and campaigned for her husband, including during his unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 1976.[citation needed]


McCargo died of pancreatic cancer in 2004, in Santa Monica, California,[4] just eighteen days before her husband Alphonzo.


  1. ^ a b Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. p. 493. ISBN 9781476625997. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Marian McCargo - IMDb - Filmography Retrieved 2015-07-09
  3. ^ "Enroute (sic) to Rome". Pasadena Independent. California, Pasadena. August 30, 1967. p. 9. Retrieved 15 January 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ a b Bell, Alphonzo - The Bel Air Kid, Trafford Publishing, 2002, ISBN 978-1-55369-378-9

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