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Also Known As: Beverly Lucy Fessenden, Beverly Campbell, Beverly Campbell Died: December 5, 2008
Born: October 17, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Cruz, California Profession: actor, hotel owner, waitress, department store model, elevator operator, mail girl for mortuary, businessperson, office nurse

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Beverly Garland never had a showy role in a critically-acclaimed motion picture, nor did she star on a high-brow TV series, but the blonde, lithe actress has managed a career of almost non-stop work since 1950. Over 40 years later, she has remained a frequent TV presence with her warm, inviting smile yet strong, determined demeanor. Garland's career as a working actress has continued long after some of her more celebrated peers have spent time with plastic surgeons and dreaming of a comeback. Garland began her professional career on stage in Tustin, CA, an Orange County community just south of Long Beach. In 1949, she made her film debut--billed as Beverly Campbell--in the original version of the film "D.O.A." By 1950, she was on TV in the L.A.-produced series "Mama Rosa", sort of an Italian "I Remember Mama" that ran for about six months. She then began acting in episodics, and in 1954 earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Single Performance as a leukemia victim in an episode of "Medic" (NBC). At the same time, she continued to appear in features, although mostly in B pictures. In 1953, she appeared with Edward G. Robinson in the behind-the-scenes in TV mystery "The Glass Web". She...

Beverly Garland never had a showy role in a critically-acclaimed motion picture, nor did she star on a high-brow TV series, but the blonde, lithe actress has managed a career of almost non-stop work since 1950. Over 40 years later, she has remained a frequent TV presence with her warm, inviting smile yet strong, determined demeanor. Garland's career as a working actress has continued long after some of her more celebrated peers have spent time with plastic surgeons and dreaming of a comeback. Garland began her professional career on stage in Tustin, CA, an Orange County community just south of Long Beach. In 1949, she made her film debut--billed as Beverly Campbell--in the original version of the film "D.O.A." By 1950, she was on TV in the L.A.-produced series "Mama Rosa", sort of an Italian "I Remember Mama" that ran for about six months. She then began acting in episodics, and in 1954 earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Single Performance as a leukemia victim in an episode of "Medic" (NBC). At the same time, she continued to appear in features, although mostly in B pictures. In 1953, she appeared with Edward G. Robinson in the behind-the-scenes in TV mystery "The Glass Web". She was a woman with whom Barry Sullivan can redeem himself in "Miami Story" (1954), and had a small role alongside Humphrey Bogart in William Wyler's "Desperate Hours" (1955). In "The Steel Jungle" (1956), Garland was a pregnant wife of a bookie who chooses jail over informing on the mob--or being with her. By 1959, Garland was in the low budget "Alligator People", playing a woman who searches for her missing husband only to find him at a Southern mansion partly transformed into a reptile. Film work became more sporadic in the 60s as Garland devoted herself to TV series work, but in 1974 she could be seen briefly in "Airport 1975", as the wife of Dana Andrews, who calls her just before he gets into his single-engine craft, has a heart attack, and slams into Karen Black's plane. Garland was Linda Blair's shallow mother in "Roller Boogie" (1979) and co-starred in Claudia Weil's enchanting 1980 comedy "It's My Turn". Garland is undoubtedly better remembered for her TV series work. From 1957-58, Garland was female cop Casey Jones on the syndicated series "Decoy", which is considered the first series to feature a woman police officer as a lead. She played wife to Bing Crosby on "The Bing Crosby Show" (ABC, 1964-65), and, in perhaps her most memorable TV role, was the widow who married Fred MacMurray on "My Three Sons" (CBS, 1969-72). From 1983-87, on "Scarecrow & Mrs. King" (CBS), she was Kate Jackson's mother, confused about how her daughter spent her days. Garland has also played recurring roles as a mother on other series, including NBC's "Remington Steele" (as Stephanie Zimbalist's mom) and, more recently, on ABC's "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (as Lois Lane's nagging mother helping her prepare for her wedding).

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Fred Macmurray: The Guy Next Door (1996) Interviewee
3.
 Hellfire (1995) Carlotta Demarlier
4.
 Finding the Way Home (1991) Arlene Mittelmann
6.
 This Girl For Hire (1983) Evan Picard
7.
 It's My Turn (1980) Emma
8.
 Roller Boogie (1979) Lillian Barkley
9.
 Sixth and Main (1977) Monica
10.
 Airport '75 (1975) Mrs Freeman
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1949:
Acted with professional stock company
1950:
Made film debut in "D.O.A." (billed as Beverly Campbell)
1950:
TV series debut as regular, "Mama Rosa"
1953:
Made first film as Beverly Garland with small role in "The Glass Web"
1954:
Earned Emmy nomination for her appearance on episode of "Medic"
1957:
Starred as undercover police officer, Casey Jones, in the syndicated TV series "Decoy"
1959:
Co-starred with Lon Chaney Jr in "The Alligator People"
:
Played the wife on "The Bing Crosby Show" (ABC)
1968:
Acted with Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld in "Pretty Poison"
1969:
Played Fred MacMurray's second wife for the final three seasons of "My Three Sons" (CBS)
1970:
Made TV-movie debut in "Cutter's Trail"
1974:
Featured in the all-star cast of "Airport 1975," a sequel to the disaster film "Airport"
1982:
Featured in the successful series "Remington Steele" (NBC) as the mother of Stephanie Zimbalist's character, detective Laura Holt
1983:
Played the confused mother of Kate Jackson on all four seasons of "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" (CBS)
1995:
Had recurring role as Lois Lane's (Teri Hatcher) mother in episodes of "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (ABC)
1997:
Had a recurring role on the WB's "7th Heaven"
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Education

Glendale Community College: Glendale , California - 1943 - 1945

Notes

Beverly Garland is a former honorary mayor of North Hollywood, a part of the City of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley.

For many years, Garland and her husband owned a Howard Johnson's hotel in North Hollywood, California, which was later named the Beverly Garland Hotel. They owned a second one in Sacramento, California.

Garland earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983.

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husband:
Robert Campbell. Divorced.
husband:
Richard Garland. Actor. Married in 1952; divorced in 1956.
husband:
Fillmore Paseau Crank. Land developer, hotel owner. Married from 1960 until his death on March 10, 1999.

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father:
James Atkins Fessenden. Salesman, singer.
mother:
Amelia Rose Fessenden. Homemaker, businessperson.
step-son:
Filmore Crank Jr. Married to former actress Tina Cole who co-starred on "My Three Sons".
step-daughter:
Kathleen Crank.
daughter:
Carrington Kendall Crank. Interior deisgner, former actor. Appeared on the NBC soap "Santa Barbara"; married to attorney Carlos Goodman; gave birth to daughter Tula Pajeau Goodman on November 9, 1999.
son:
James Crank.
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