Farrell in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., 1967
December 24, 1940
Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.
|Years active||1959–1999; 2013–2014|
|Spouse(s)||Andrew Prine (m. 1962; annulled 1962)
Ron DeBlasio (m. 1965–69)
John Boyer (m. 1969–72)
Steve Salkin (m. 1973–75)
Dale Trevillion (m. 1974–2006)
Sharon Farrell (born December 24, 1940) is an American television and film actress, and former dancer. Originally beginning her career as a ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre company, Farrell made her film debut in 1959 in Kiss Her Goodbye, followed by roles in 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962), A Lovely Way to Die (1968), and the neo-noir Marlowe (1969). She would go on to work prolifically in television, including recurring parts in the series Saints and Sinner (1962), Dr. Kildare (1965), and Hawaii Five-O (1977–1980).
Other film roles include in Larry Cohen's horror film It's Alive (1974), and the teenaged comedy Can't Buy Me Love (1987). Farrell would continue to appear in television and film until 1999. In 2013, she reappeared in a minor role in the web series Broken at Love.
Born as Sharon Forsmoe on Christmas Eve 1940 in Sioux City, Iowa. She is of Norwegian descent, and raised in a Lutheran family. During her childhood, Farrell studied ballet and was involved in the theater department during high school. Farrell toured with the American Ballet Theatre Company as a dancer, which brought her to New York City.
She made her acting debut at age 18 in the 1959 film Kiss Her Goodbye. Throughout the 1960s to the 1980s, Farrell appeared in such films as The Reivers (1969), Marlowe (1969), It's Alive (1974), The Stunt Man (1980), Out of the Blue (1980), Night of the Comet (1984) and Can't Buy Me Love (1987). She took her stage name combining her father's name Darrel, with "F" for Forsmoe and two "L"s.
In addition to film work, Farrell also appeared in guest roles on various television shows including Death Valley Days, Gunsmoke, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, I Dream of Jeannie, The Beverly Hillbillies and Hawaii Five-O. In 1991, she joined the cast of the long-running soap opera The Young and the Restless. She remained with the show until 1996. Farrell's most recent role was on a 1999 episode of JAG.
Farrell has one son, Chance Boyer, born when she was married to John Boyer. After Chance's birth in 1970, Farrell suffered an embolism which caused her heart to stop beating for four minutes. She ended up with serious brain damage that resulted in memory loss and physical impairments. With the help of colleagues, Farrell worked to regain her abilities, including her memory, and resumed her acting career yet she kept her illness a secret under the advice of friend and actor Steve McQueen who warned her that if word of her illness came out, her career would be over. Keeping her illness hidden, Farrell worked steadily for decades.
She was also married to Ron DeBlasio and Steve Salkin, and last married to director Dale Trevillian. In December 2013, Farrell self-published her autobiography Hollywood Princess from Sioux City, Iowa.
|1959||Kiss Her Goodbye||Emily Watson|
|1962||40 Pounds of Trouble||Dolores|
|1965||The Spy with My Face||Sandy Wister|
|1968||A Lovely Way to Die||Carol|
|1971||The Love Machine||Maggie Stewart|
|1976||The Premonition||Sheri Bennett|
|1978||The Fifth Floor||Melanie|
|1980||Out of the Blue||Kathy|
|1980||The Stunt Man||Denise|
|1981||Separate Ways||Karen Haskell|
|1983||Sweet Sixteen||Kathy Hopkins|
|1983||Lone Wolf McQuade||Molly|
|1984||Night of the Comet||Doris|
|1987||Can't Buy Me Love||Mrs. Mancini|
|1989||One Man Force||Shirley|
|1995||A Gift from Heaven||Ma Samuels|
|1996||Timeless Obsession||Mrs. Sparrow|
|1997||Last Chance Love||Mrs. Worthington|
|1961||Naked City||Actress (uncredited)||Episode: "The Hot Minerva"|
|1962||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Lolly Wilkens||Episode: "The Matched Pearl"|
|1962||Wagon Train||Judy||Episode: "The Orly French Story"|
|1962-1963||Saints and Sinners||Polly Holloran||12 episodes|
|1963||Empire||Lisa Barry||Episode: "Stopover on the Way to the Moon"|
|1963||My Favorite Martian||Gloria Trimble||Episode: "There Is No Cure for the Common Martian"|
|1963||Death Valley Days||Cara Franklin||Episode: "The Holy Terror"|
|1963||Kraft Suspense Theatre||Althea Winton||Episode: "Are There Any More Out There Like You?"|
|1963||Lieutenant, TheThe Lieutenant||Pam Canford||Episode: "Alert"|
|1963||Ben Casey||Michael Ann Bowersox||Episode: "The White Ones Are Dolphins"|
|Episode: "With a Smile"
Episode: "Quint's Trail"
|1964||Arrest and Trial||Angela||Episode: "Onward and Upward"|
|1964||Wagon Train||Pearlie Garnet||Episode: "The Pearlie Garnet Story"|
|1964||Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||Melissa||Episode: "A Slow Fade to Black"|
|1964||Gunsmoke||Annie||Episode: "Trip West"|
|1964||Burke's Law||Libby Hale||Episode: "Who Killed the Surf Broad?"|
|1964||Alfred Hitchcock Hour, TheThe Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Melanie Rydell||Episode: "The Second Verdict"|
|1964||Dr. Kildare||Jeanne Sawyer||Episode: "Night of the Beast"|
|1964||Man from U.N.C.L.E., TheThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Sandy Wister||Episode: "The Double Affair"|
|1964||Ben Casey||Ellen Hardin||Episode: "For a Just Man Falleth Seven Times"|
|1965||Ben Casey||Penny Carson||Episode: "The Day They Stole County General"|
|1965||Alfred Hitchcock Hour, TheThe Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Rosie||Episode: "Final Performance"|
|1965||Beverly Hillbillies, TheThe Beverly Hillbillies||Kitty Devine||Episode: "The Movie Starlet"|
|1965||Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive||Elvie||Episode: "Corner of Hell"|
|1965||Rawhide||Billie Lou||Episode: "Hostage for Hanging"|
|1965||I Dream of Jeannie||Nina Ferguson||Episode: "The Yacht Murder Case"|
|1965||My Three Sons||Cathy||Episode: "My Son, the Ballerina"|
|1965||Dr. Kildare||Glenda Hester
|1966||Wackiest Ship in the Army, TheThe Wackiest Ship in the Army||Episode: "Girl in Polka-Dot Swimsuit"|
|1966||Run for Your Life||Jenny
|Episode: "The Night of Terror"
Episode: "The Sex Object"
|1966||Man from U.N.C.L.E., TheThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Leslie Stemmler||Episode: "The Minus-X Affair"|
|1967||Iron Horse, TheThe Iron Horse||Carrie||Episode: "The Pembrooke Blood"|
|1967||Man from U.N.C.L.E., TheThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Jacqueline Midcult||Episode: "The Pieces of Fate Affair"|
|1967||Virginian, TheThe Virginian||Mavis||Episode: "Execution at Triste"|
|1968||Wild Wild West, TheThe Wild Wild West||Cloris Colton||Episode: "The Night of the Amnesiac"|
|1968||Insight||Episode: "Look Back to the Garden"|
|1968||Premiere||Joan Mears||Episode: "Lassiter"|
|1969||Name of the Game, TheThe Name of the Game||Jesse Boone||Episode: "A Hard Case of the Blues"|
|1970||Quarantined||Ginny Pepper||TV movie|
|1970||Medical Center||Linda Atwood||Episode: "Between Dark and Daylight"|
|1970||Men at Law||Donna Brooks||Episode: "Easy to Be Hard"|
|1971||Name of the Game, TheThe Name of the Game||Sandrelle||Episode: "LA 2017"|
|1971||Dr. Simon Locke||Maggie||Episode: "Target Ms. Blue"|
|1971||D.A., TheThe D.A.||Georgia Young||Episode: "The People vs. Edwards"|
|1972||Eyes of Charles Sand, TheThe Eyes of Charles Sand||Emily Parkhurst||TV movie|
|1972||Banyon||Wanda||Episode: "Meal Ticket"|
|1972||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Cecile Ramsey||Episode: "He Could Sell Iceboxes to Eskimos"|
|1973||New Perry Mason, TheThe New Perry Mason||Pat Morrisey||Episode: "The Case of the Murdered Murderer"|
|1973||Police Story||Bobbie||Episode: "Requiem for an Informer"|
|1973||Wide World Mystery||Linda||Episode: "A Little Bit Like Murder"|
|1974||Wide World Mystery||Madeline Rivera||Episode: "The Cloning of Clifford Swimmer"|
|1974||Love, American Style||Sheila||Episode: "Love and the Flying Finletters"|
|1974||F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.||Lee Thomas||Episode: "The $20,000,000 Hit"|
|1974||Police Story||Bobbie||Episode: "The Hunters"|
|1974||Chase||Elaine||Episode: "Remote Control"|
|1974||Insight||Susan||Episode: "The Theft"|
|1974||Underground Man, TheThe Underground Man||Marty Nickerson||TV movie|
|1974||Petrocelli||Arlene Johnson||Episode: "A Life for a Life"|
|1974||Six Million Dollar Man, TheThe Six Million Dollar Man||Angie Walker||Episode: "Stranger in Broken Fork"|
|1974||Police Woman||Marcia Gordon||Episode: "The Cradle Robbers"|
|1975||Emergency!||Catherine||Episode: "Smoke Eater"|
|1975||Harry O||Pauline||Episode: "For the Love of Money"|
|1975||Kolchak: The Night Stalker||Lila Morton||Episode: "Chopper"|
|1975||Police Story||Kathy Sherman||Episode: "The Execution"|
|1975||McCloud||Holly Dayton||Episode: "Showdown at Times Square"|
|1975||Bronk||Episode: "The Pickoff"|
|1976||Police Woman||Hallie||Episode: "The Death of a Dream"|
|1976||Gibbsville||Mildred||Episode: "Afternoon Waltz"|
|1977-1980||Hawaii Five-O||Det. Lori Wilson||13 episodes|
|1978||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||Mamma Doyle||Episode: "The Young Runaways"|
|1978||Man from Atlantis||Charlene Baker||Episode: "Deadly Carnival"|
|1979||Last Ride of the Dalton Gang, TheThe Last Ride of the Dalton Gang||Flo Quick||TV movie|
|1979||Mrs. Columbo||Dorothy Hunt||Episode: "Falling Star"|
|1981||Born to Be Sold||Joan Helick||TV movie|
|1983||T. J. Hooker||Irene Gordon||Episode: "Sweet Sixteen and Dead"|
|1983||Small & Frye||Rita||Episode: "The Case of the Street of Silence"|
|1984-1985||Rituals||Cherry Lane||TV series|
|1989||Freddy's Nightmares||Mrs. Wax||Episode: "Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?"|
|1991-1996||The Young and the Restless||Florence Webster||TV series|
|1992||Matlock||Rose Ballou||Episode: "The Abduction"|
|1993||Sworn to Vengeance||Sylvia Haskell||TV movie|
|1995||Yakuza Connection||Lois||TV movie|
|1999||JAG||Mary Hanratti||Episode: "Dungaree Justice"|
|2013–2014||Broken at Love||Grandma Geraldine||2 episodes|
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