Sian Barbara Allen

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Sian Barbara Allen
BornBarbara Susan Pokrass
(1946-07-12) July 12, 1946 (age 72)
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma materPasadena Playhouse
OccupationActress
Spouse(s)
Peter Gelblum (m. 1979–2001)

Sian Barbara Allen (born July 12, 1946)[1] is an American former actress who mainly appeared on television throughout the 1970s. A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Allen studied at the Pasadena Playhouse before appearing in her first screen role on the series O'Hara, U.S. Treasury in 1971. She went on to appear in numerous television series in the ensuing years, including recurring appearances on The Waltons, Gunsmoke, and Ironside.

She also starred in several television films, including Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973) and The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976). In addition to her television credits, Allen starred in two feature films: the thriller You'll Like My Mother (1972) and the Western Billy Two Hats (1974).

Biography[edit]

She studied at the Pasadena Playhouse (1964–1965).[2] She appeared in You'll Like My Mother (1972), starring Patty Duke, Rosemary Murphy and Richard Thomas.[3] For this role, Allen was nominated for the 1973 Golden Globe Award as Most Promising New Actress.[4]

She later garnered fame on two episodes of The Waltons (1973) as Jenny Pendleton, an early love interest of John-Boy Walton (reuniting her with Thomas, who played John-Boy and with whom she had appeared in You'll Like My Mother the previous year). Allen and Thomas were themselves described as "together these days", and Thomas wanted Allen to play the Pendleton role.[2][5] She played the title role in the 1973 ABC Movie of the Week, Scream, Pretty Peggy.[6]

Allen appeared on television programs such as Captains and the Kings, The Incredible Hulk, Ironside, The Rockford Files, Alias Smith and Jones, Bonanza, Kojak, Gunsmoke, Love, American Style, Columbo: Lovely but Lethal, Cagney & Lacey, Adam-12, and Hawaii Five-O. In 1974 she was the lead actress in the western Billy Two Hats, alongside Gregory Peck and Jack Warden.[7] In 1976, she portrayed Anne Morrow Lindbergh in the television movie The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, based on the real-life Lindbergh baby kidnapping/murder.[8] Her last role was in an episode of L.A. Law in 1990, after which she retired from acting.[9]

Personal life[edit]

She married and had a daughter. Her own mother and father divorced around 1965. She is the older sister of flash fiction author, editor and teacher Meg Pokrass.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury Sheridan Lee Episode: "Operation: Time Fuse"
1971 Alias Smith and Jones Sister Grace Episode: "Six Strangers at Apache Springs"
1971 Gunsmoke Allie Dawson 3 episodes
1972 The Scarecrow Amelia Reddington Television film
1972 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Lauren Hazelwood Episode: "In Sudden Darkness"
1972 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Meredith Carson Episode: "Shine a Light on Me"
1972 The F.B.I. Bridy Nolan Episode: "The Set-Up"
1972 The Family Rico Nora Television film
1972 You'll Like My Mother Kathleen
1972 Bonanza Teresa Burnside Episode: "Ambush at Rio Lobo"
1973 Love, American Style Jane Segment: "Love and the Happy Family"
1973 Columbo Shirley Blaine Episode: "Lovely but Lethal"
1973 The Waltons Jenny Pendleton 2 episodes
1973 Scream, Pretty Peggy Peggy Johnson Television film
1974 Billy Two Hats Esther Spencer
1974 Kojak Lyndsey Walker Episode: "Down a Long and Lonely River"
1971–1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. Various 3 episodes
1972–1974 Ironside Susan Todd / Jane Spencer 3 episodes
1974 The Rockford Files Sandra Turkel Episode: "Tall Woman in Red Wagon"
1974 Lucas Tanner Donna Episode: "A Question of Privacy"
1974 Adam-12 Sparky Episode: "Something Worth Dying For: Part 1"
1975 Eric Marilyn Porter
1976 The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case Anne Morrow Lindbergh Television film
1976 Police Story Dana Vernon Episode: "The Other Side of the Badge"
1976 Captains and the Kings Cara Leslie Miniseries
1976 Smash-Up on Interstate 5 Barbara Hutton Television film
1977 Kingston: Confidential Cynthia Marlowe Episode: "The Cult"
1977 Hawaii Five-O Kati Parisa Episode: "East Wind - Ill Wind"
1978 Baretta Ellen Episode: "The Appointment"
1978 W.E.B. Angelica Hutton Episode: "To Angelica with Love"
1978 Sword of Justice Emily Lang Episode: "Aloha, Julie Lang"
1979 The Incredible Hulk Kathy Allen Episode: "The Quiet Room"
1981 Darkroom Brenda Episode: "Make-Up"
1988 Cagney & Lacey Rhoda Duggan Episode: "A Fair Shake: Part 2"
1990 L.A. Law Diane Campbell Episode: "Whatever Happened to Hannah?"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Sian Barbara Allen". Fandango. AllRovi. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Kleiner, Dick (February 10, 1973). "The Girl John-Boy waited for". The Morning Record. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  3. ^ "You'll Like My Mother (1972)". TCM.com. Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  4. ^ "New Star Of The Year - Actress". GoldenGlobes.org. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  5. ^ "Sian Barbara Allen Profile". The Waltons. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973)". TCM.com. Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  7. ^ Crist, Judith (May 6, 1974). Spécialité De La Maison. New York Magazine. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  8. ^ Burt, Daniel S. (2001). The biography book. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 251. ISBN 978-1-57356-256-0. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  9. ^ Allen, Sian Barbara. "Sian Barbara Allen". fictionaut.com. Fictionaut. Retrieved 12 August 2018. (Quote from Fictionaut profile: "i was ready to give up after retiring from acting and now writing is saving my spirit.")

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