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|
(m. 1962; annulled 1962)
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 worked prolifically in television, including recurring parts in the series Saints and Sinners (1962), Dr. Kildare (1965), and Hawaii Five-O (1977–1980).
Farrell's other roles include Larry Cohen's horror film It's Alive (1974) and the teen comedy Can't Buy Me Love (1987). She continued to appear in television and film until 1999. In 2013, she reappeared in a minor role in the web series Broken at Love.
Born Sharon Forsmoe on Christmas Eve 1940 in Sioux City, Iowa, she is of Norwegian descent, and was 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, My Favorite Martian, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Hawaii Five-O. In 1991 she joined the cast of the long-running soap opera The Young and the Restless, remaining with the show until 1996. Farrell's most recent television role was in a 1999 episode of JAG.
Between 2013 and 2014, Farrell appeared in the web series Broken at Love, marking her first on-screen appearance in fourteen years.
Farrell has one son, Chance Boyer, born when she was married to actor John F. 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 got 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 finally was married to director Dale Trevillion. 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||The 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||The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Melanie Rydell||Episode: "The Second Verdict"|
|1964||Dr. Kildare||Jeanne Sawyer||Episode: "Night of the Beast"|
|1964||The 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||The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Rosie||Episode: "Final Performance"|
|1965||The Beverly Hillbillies||Kitty Devine||Episode: "The Movie Starlet"|
|1965||The 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||The 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||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Leslie Stemmler||Episode: "The Minus-X Affair"|
|1967||The Iron Horse||Carrie||Episode: "The Pembrooke Blood"|
|1967||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Jacqueline Midcult||Episode: "The Pieces of Fate Affair"|
|1967||The Virginian||Mavis||Episode: "Execution at Triste"|
|1968||The 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||The 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||The Name of the Game||Sandrelle||Episode: "LA 2017"|
|1971||Dr. Simon Locke||Maggie||Episode: "Target Ms. Blue"|
|1971||The D.A.||Georgia Young||Episode: "The People vs. Edwards"|
|1972||The 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||The 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||The 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||The Underground Man||Marty Nickerson||TV movie|
|1974||Petrocelli||Arlene Johnson||Episode: "A Life for a Life"|
|1974||The 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||Hawaii Five-O||Frankie Demara|
|1978||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||Mamma Doyle||Episode: "The Young Runaways"|
|1978||Match Game '78||Herself||5 Episodes|
|1978||Man from Atlantis||Charlene Baker||Episode: "Deadly Carnival"|
|1979||The 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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