Shelley Fabares


Actor

About

Also Known As
Michele Fabares
Birth Place
Santa Monica, California, USA
Born
January 19, 1944

Biography

Pretty, girlish, light leading lady who has enjoyed a remarkably lengthy career in mostly trivial TV fare since the mid-1950s. Beginning in early adolescence in films and TV, Fabares first gained real attention with her role as Mary Stone, perfect daughter to the perfect mom, on the sitcom ode to the 50s nuclear family, "The Donna Reed Show" (ABC, 1958-63). She also enjoyed a hit on the ...

Photos & Videos

Girl Happy - Scene Stills
Hold On! - Shelley Fabares Publicity Stills
Spinout - Scene Stills

Family & Companions

Lou Adler
Husband
Agent, producer. Later involved with Britt Eklund and married to Page Hannah.
Mike Farrell
Husband
Actor, producer. Married 1984; began dating c. 1982; best remembered as B.J. Hunnicutt on the TV sitcom "M*A*S*H".

Notes

Fabares underwent a liver transplant in October 2000.

Biography

Pretty, girlish, light leading lady who has enjoyed a remarkably lengthy career in mostly trivial TV fare since the mid-1950s. Beginning in early adolescence in films and TV, Fabares first gained real attention with her role as Mary Stone, perfect daughter to the perfect mom, on the sitcom ode to the 50s nuclear family, "The Donna Reed Show" (ABC, 1958-63). She also enjoyed a hit on the pop music charts at this time, the schmaltzy but fondly remembered Number 1 smash, "Johnny Angel."

Fabares left "The Donna Reed Show" in 1963 (when her character went off to college) and returned to feature films, but, despite roles in three Elvis Presley movies ("Girl Happy" 1965, "Spinout" 1966 and "Clambake" 1967), her career stalled until the mid-70s. A series of sitcom roles followed, either supporting or recurring roles on popular fare ("One Day at a Time," as Bonnie Franklin's uptight, perma-pressed business associate) or leading roles on less successful shows ("The Practice," a lukewarm vehicle for Danny Thomas). The vivacious Fabares nonetheless had become by that time a comfortable, familiar presence to TV watchers. Her role as Craig T Nelson's often frustrated fiance (and later wife) on "Coach" (ABC, 1989-97) represented not only a return to a popular series but also one of her more likable and sizable parts to date.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006)
Martha Kent
Playing to Win: A Moment of Truth Movie (1998)
Nancy Erickson
A Nightmare Come True (1997)
A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995)
Herself
The Great Mom Swap (1995)
Deadly Relations (1993)
Love or Money (1990)
Class Cruise (1989)
Ellen Poston
Run Till You Fall (1988)
Kathy Reuben
Hot Pursuit (1987)
Memorial Day (1983)
The Great American Traffic Jam (1980)
Friendships, Secrets, and Lies (1979)
Pleasure Cove (1979)
Sky Hei$t (1975)
Two For the Money (1972)
Bethany Hagen
Brian's Song (1971)
Operation Heartbeat (1969)
A Time To Sing (1968)
Amy Carter
Clambake (1967)
Dianne Carter
Hold On! (1966)
Louisa
Spinout (1966)
Cynthia Foxhugh
Girl Happy (1965)
Valerie
Ride the Wild Surf (1964)
Brie Matthews
Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
Seth's girl friend
Summer Love (1958)
Twinkie Daley
Rock, Pretty Baby (1957)
[Theresa] Twinky Daley
Never Say Goodbye (1956)
Suzy Parker
The Bad Seed (1956)
Margie
The Girl Rush (1955)
Kim, 9 years old

Music (Feature Film)

Matinee (1993)
Song Performer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995)
Other

Cast (Special)

Intimate Portrait: Donna Reed (1999)
Connie Francis: Sweetheart of Song (1998)
Narrator
Donna Reed: I'll Take the Moon (1998)
The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration (1995)
The Ultimate TV Trivia Challenge (1995)
An All-New Before They Were Stars (1994)
Coach Retrospective: Mary Hart Goes One-on-One with Coach (1994)
The Golden Globe's 50th Anniversary Celebration (1994)
The Tube Test (1990)
2 Years... Later (1990)
The Canterville Ghost (1985)
Suburban Beat (1985)
His and Hers (1984)
Barbara Mccabe; His Wife
The Celebrity and the Arcade Kid (1983)
Fran Brogliatti
The Claudette Colbert Show (1958)
Susie Harper

Producer (Special)

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004)
Producer
The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Producer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Donovan's Kid (1979)

Life Events

1954

Played Trudy, a small supporting role, on the syndicated series "Annie Oakley"

1955

First notable feature film roles, in "The Girl Rush" and "Never Say Goodbye"

1958

Played Corey on the TV comedy series, "Annette", starring Annette Funicello

1966

Played the leading role of Esther Smith in a TV adaptation of the classic film musical, "Meet Me in St. Louis"

1981

Joined the cast of "One Day at a Time" after it had been on the air for several seasons; played the semi-regular role of Francine Webster which she had originated in the late 1970s

1987

Returned to feature films after nearly two decades to appear in "Hot Pursuit"

Photo Collections

Girl Happy - Scene Stills
Here are some scene stills from MGM's Girl Happy (1965), starring Elvis Presley.
Hold On! - Shelley Fabares Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos of Shelley Fabares, taken to help publicize MGM's Hold On! (1965), starring Herman's Hermits. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Spinout - Scene Stills
Here are a number of scene stills from Spinout (1966), starring Elvis Presley.

Videos

Movie Clip

Hold On! (1966) - Title Song Straightforward as it can be, the title song from Herman’s Hermits of Manchester, with Peter Noone fronting, backed up by legit-musician members Karl Green, Keith Hopwood, Barry Whitwam and Derek “Lek” Leckenby, the song by P.F. Sloan, opening MGM’s Hold On!, 1966.
Hold On! (1966) - Make Me Happy Lonesome while touring now in California, English Peter Noone (lead singer of Herman’s Hermits, called “Herman” in the movie) observes Shelley Fabares as a beach chanteuse, her song by Fred Karger, Sid Wayne and Ben Weisman, with Bernard Fox his manager, with some credit due for creativity, in MGM’s Hold On!, 1966.
Ride The Wild Surf (1964) - Title Song Not appearing until the ending credit roll, and a minute shorter than the version that was the opening and title cut from the Jan & Dean album released the same year, the song by Brian Wilson, Jan Berry and Roger Christian, from the surfer-drama Ride The Wild Surf, 1964.
Girl Happy (1965) - Meanest Girl In Town Cute setup then Shelley Fabares (as "Valerie") boogies with Elvis (playing "Rusty") and the band to the Joy Byers (and possibly Bob Johnston) number "Meanest Girl In Town," in Girl Happy, 1965.
Girl Happy -- Open, Title Song Music legend Doc Pomus shares credit for the title song, heard in the opening to the 1965 Elvis Presley vehicle Girl Happy, also starring Shelley Fabares and Gary Crosby.
Clambake - A House That Has Everything Elvis Presley is wealthy Scott, posing as impecunious "Tom," and Dianne (Shelley Fabares) is confessing she's a gold-digger, prompting A House That Has Everything on a Florida beach, in Clambake, 1967.

Trailer

Family

Elsa Rose Fabares
Mother
Had Alzheimer's disease; died September 28, 1992 in Los Angeles at age 81.
Nanette Fabray
Aunt
Actor, singer, vaudevillian. Born 1920; acted in the musical film "The Band Wagon" (1953) and has done much TV work, including working with Fabares on "One Day at a Time".
Smokey Echols
Sister

Companions

Lou Adler
Husband
Agent, producer. Later involved with Britt Eklund and married to Page Hannah.
Mike Farrell
Husband
Actor, producer. Married 1984; began dating c. 1982; best remembered as B.J. Hunnicutt on the TV sitcom "M*A*S*H".

Bibliography

Notes

Fabares underwent a liver transplant in October 2000.