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Also Known As: Died: September 7, 1996
Born: February 1, 1940 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Austria Profession: actor

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Having regularly landed television roles since the mid 1960s, actress Bibi Besch appeared to be finally winning the acclaim of her peers in the 1990s (as evidenced by a pair of Emmy Award nominations), before her death abruptly ended her career. Besch relocated with her family to Chappaqua, New York (her mother was Austrian theater actress Gusti Huber). Roles on such television soap operas as "The Secret Storm" and "The Edge of Night" served as her start in acting, leading to brief roles on hit 1970s programs ("The Rockford Files," "Charlie's Angels," etc.). One of her better known roles would arrive in the 1982 movie, "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," as the character Dr. Carol Marcus (the mother of Captain James T. Kirk's son), but two years later she was nominated for a Razzie Award (for "Worst Supporting Actress") for her work in the 1983 film, "The Lonely Lady." The early 1990s saw Besch get her career back on track, with Emmy Award nominations in 1992 ("Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special" for "Doing Time on Maple Drive") and 1993 ("Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" for "Northern Exposure"). However, Besch died on September 7, 1996, in Los Angeles (at the age...

Having regularly landed television roles since the mid 1960s, actress Bibi Besch appeared to be finally winning the acclaim of her peers in the 1990s (as evidenced by a pair of Emmy Award nominations), before her death abruptly ended her career. Besch relocated with her family to Chappaqua, New York (her mother was Austrian theater actress Gusti Huber). Roles on such television soap operas as "The Secret Storm" and "The Edge of Night" served as her start in acting, leading to brief roles on hit 1970s programs ("The Rockford Files," "Charlie's Angels," etc.). One of her better known roles would arrive in the 1982 movie, "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," as the character Dr. Carol Marcus (the mother of Captain James T. Kirk's son), but two years later she was nominated for a Razzie Award (for "Worst Supporting Actress") for her work in the 1983 film, "The Lonely Lady." The early 1990s saw Besch get her career back on track, with Emmy Award nominations in 1992 ("Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special" for "Doing Time on Maple Drive") and 1993 ("Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" for "Northern Exposure"). However, Besch died on September 7, 1996, in Los Angeles (at the age of 56), from breast cancer. Besch's daughter, Samantha Mathis, became a respected actress in her own right.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 California Myth (1999)
2.
 Rattled (1996) Gail Hendershot
3.
 Wounded Heart (1995) Joan Lance
4.
 My Family: Mi Familia (1995) Mrs Gillespie
5.
 Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992) Lisa Carter
6.
 Crazy From The Heart (1991) Cynthia Greenshields
7.
 Lonely Hearts (1991)
8.
 Blue Bayou (1990) Claire Goldanna
9.
 Extreme Close-Up (1990) Mrs Fields
10.
 Tremors (1990) Megan--The Doctor'S Wife
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Notes

Nominated for an Emmy Award as Best Supporting Actress in 1992 for "Doing Time on Maple Drive"

Second Emmy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress in 1993 in the recurring role as Janine Turner's mother on "Northern Exposure"

Served on the Board of Director's Screen Actors Guild since 1990

Member of SAG's National Communications Committee and Woman's Health Task Force

Family close complete family listing

father:
Joseph Besch. Newspaperman. Survived her.
mother:
Gusti Huber. Actor. Born 1914; died 1993.
sister:
Christiana McDonald. Survived her.
sister:
Drea Gillogly. Survived her; worked for CBS television marketing.
brother:
Andrew Besch. Marketing executive. Worked for the USA cable-TV network.
daughter:
Samantha Mathis. Actor. Survived her.
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