Shirley Bonne

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Shirley Bonne
Shirley Bonne Elaine Stritch Stubby Kaye My Sister Eileen 1961.jpg
Stubby Kaye, Elaine Stritch, and Shirley Bonne (front) in My Sister Eileen (1961)
Born (1934-05-22) May 22, 1934 (age 83)
Inglewood, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress: My Sister Eileen
Years active 1955-1970

(1) Not known
(2) Ronald Herbert Freemond

(3) Ronald Dean Gilbreath
Children 3

Shirley Bonne (born May 22, 1934) is a former television actress who portrayed Eileen Sherwood in the CBS television sitcom My Sister Eileen, which aired during the 1960-1961 season. Bonne played an aspiring actress in New York City sharing an apartment with her older sister, Ruth Sherwood, a magazine writer played by Elaine Stritch. Her series co-stars included Raymond Bailey, Rose Marie, Stubby Kaye, and Jack Weston.[1]

In 1955, Bonne entered a cover girl contest for Pageant magazine and was twice chosen for the cover of the publication. In February 1956, she appeared on Jackie Cooper's NBC sitcom, The People's Choice. By the late 1950s, Bonne was modeling in New York City. In 1960, she appeared at Hal Roach Studios to promote the unveiling of Chevrolet's new Corvair.

In 1962, Bonne and Ronald Herbert Freemond had a daughter, Jayne. In October 1973, she divorced Freemond; ten years later, she married Ronald Dean Gilbreath (born 1939) in San Francisco.[2]

After My Sister Eileen, Bonne appeared as Susan Hotchkiss in the 1964 episode "Sparrow on the Wire" of the NBC education drama Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus. In 1966, she was cast as "Ruth" in the episode "Shore Leave" of the NBC series Star Trek. In 1967, she appeared as Sally Cutler in the episode "Justice" on NBC's Bonanza. That same year, she appeared in two sitcoms, That Girl and I Dream of Jeannie. In 1968, she appeared as Nikki Jason in the episode "To Kill a Writer" on the CBS detective series Mannix, starring Mike Connors. Her last television role was as "June" in "The Adversaries" episode of Medical Center.[3]


  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 580
  2. ^ "Shirley Bonne". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen website. Retrieved January 23, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Shirley Bonne". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 22, 2009. 

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