Beverly Garland

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Beverly Garland
Beverly Garland 1969.JPG
Garland in 1969.
BornBeverly Lucy Fessenden
(1926-10-17)October 17, 1926
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
DiedDecember 5, 2008(2008-12-05) (aged 82)
Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.
Other namesBeverly Campbell
Years active1950–2005
Spouse(s)Bob Campbell (1945 divorced)
Richard Garland (1951–1953) (divorced)
Filmore Crank (1960–1999, his death) 2 children
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Beverly Garland
Beverly Garland 1969.JPG
Garland in 1969.
BornBeverly Lucy Fessenden
(1926-10-17)October 17, 1926
Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
DiedDecember 5, 2008(2008-12-05) (aged 82)
Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.
Other namesBeverly Campbell
Years active1950–2005
Spouse(s)Bob Campbell (1945 divorced)
Richard Garland (1951–1953) (divorced)
Filmore Crank (1960–1999, his death) 2 children

Beverly Garland (October 17, 1926 – December 5, 2008) was an American film and television actress, businesswoman, and hotel owner. Her work in feature films was fairly minor, consisting of small parts in a few major productions and leads in low-budget action or science fiction movies. But she was very busy and visible in television for decades.

Garland's most remembered TV role was as Barbara Harper Douglas, the woman who married widower Steve Douglas (Fred MacMurray) in the latter years of the beloved sitcom My Three Sons. She played that role from 1969 until the series ended in 1972. In the 1980s, she co-starred as Kate Jackson's widowed mother, "Dotty West", in the CBS television series Scarecrow and Mrs. King. She also had a recurring role as Ginger Jackson on The WB Television Network series 7th Heaven.


Early life and career[edit]

Garland was born Beverly Lucy Fessenden in Santa Cruz, California, the daughter of Amelia Rose, a businesswoman, and James Atkins Fessenden, a singer and salesman.[1] Garland grew up in Glendale, California. Her 1950s acting roles tended to be tough women who could handle themselves in violent situations. One such role was as a secrets-keeping secretary in the classic film noir D.O.A.—in which her screen credit was "Beverly Campbell." 1956 was a busy year for Garland: she played a female marshal in the Western Gunslinger with Chris Alcaide as her deputy; a prison escapee in Swamp Diamonds; and a scientist's wife who battles an alien in It Conquered the World. All three movies were directed by Roger Corman and riffed in the 1990s by Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Television success[edit]

Garland appeared from 1957 to 1958 as undercover police officer "Casey Jones" in the syndicated television series Decoy. Oddly, Alan Hale, Jr., appeared at the time in a syndicated adventure series, Casey Jones, loosely based on the railroad engineer from Tennessee. Decoy is the first American television police series with a woman in the starring role. It lasted a single season of thirty-nine episodes.

Garland guest starred in 1956 as Nelli Austin, a rodeo sharpshooter, in the episode "Rodeo Rough House" of Rod Cameron's syndicated drama series, State Trooper. Claude Akins appeared in this episode as the murderous but unnamed rodeo clown.[2] Garland and Akins appeared together again in the 1960 episode "Prison Trail", Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV series) and again in the 1963 episode "The Chooser of the Slain" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, The Dakotas.[3]

In 1955, Garland had been cast in the episode "Man Down, Woman Screaming" of Rod Cameron's first syndicated series, City Detective, the story of a tough New York City police lieutenant. She appeared that same year as Sarah Garvey in the episode "Cattle Drive to Casper" of the NBC anthology series, Frontier. On September 5, 1955, she co-starred in an episode of Science Fiction Theatre called "The Negative Man. About this time, she also appeared in the first Brian Keith series Crusader, a Cold War drama which aired on CBS.

Garland appeared twice as Doris Denny Bona in the episodes "Remember the Alamo" and "The Widow of Kill Cove" in 1960 in Cameron's third syndicated series, COronado 9.

In 1960, Garland was cast as Dr. Nora James, with Robert Bray as Tom Byson, in the episode "Three Graves" of the NBC western series, Riverboat, starring Darren McGavin. In the story line, mystery shrouds three mysterious recent graves in a town along the Mississippi River. Townspeople refuse to discuss what happened.[4]

Garland guest starred in 1963 as Marya Stone in the episode "What Did She Mean By Good Luck?" in NBC's medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour. She also appeared in a season one episode, "Smoke Screen", of ABC's The Fugitive, starring David Janssen.

In the 1964-1965 television season, Garland co-starred in the role of Ellie Collins with Bing Crosby as husband Bing Collins in the ABC sitcom, The Bing Crosby Show. Carol Faylen and Diane Sherry played her teenaged daughters.

Although Garland co-starred with Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld in the 1968 feature film Pretty Poison, she is best known for playing suburban mothers on My Three Sons and The Scarecrow and Mrs. King. Garland was featured in the NBC series Remington Steele as the mother of Stephanie Zimbalist's character, detective Laura Holt.

Her decades of television guest appearances range from the first-season Twilight Zone episode "The Four of Us Are Dying," about a con artist with a thousand faces (1960). Garland also guest starred in an episode in the final season of the martial arts western series, Kung Fu. She reprised her earlier western personae as a tough gun-slinging widow. She appeared on the The Mary Tyler Moore Show as a long-ago girlfriend of Lou Grant. Garland also had a recurring role as the mother of character Lois Lane on the 1990s TV series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, starring Teri Hatcher.

On 7th Heaven, she appeared in nine episodes as Ginger Jackson, the stepmother of Annie Camden, opposite Graham Jarvis as Charles Jackson, Annie's father. Peter Graves, the brother of James Arness, appeared in 7th Heaven as Eric Camden's father, John "The Colonel" Camden, with Barbara Rush in the role of Eric's mother, Ruth Camden. In addition to working with Graves on 7th Heaven, Garland also starred opposite James Arness in four Gunsmoke episodes until the long-running western ended in 1975.

On radio, Garland was an original player of the California Actors Radio Theatre. C.A.R.T. often recorded its programs on the grounds of Garland's hotel in The Beverly Garland Little Theater, which was decorated with large movie posters from many of her feature films.

For her contribution to the television industry, Garland has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.

Business career[edit]

Garland owned and operated the Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn (4222 Vineland Avenue)[5] in North Hollywood at the time of her death.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, her husband of thirty-nine years, businessman Filmore Crank, died.[6] Subsequently, Garland combined her acting career with an increased devotion to the hotel that Crank built and named for her. Situated on the former Gene Autry property and originally built as a Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge in the 1970s,[7] the sprawling 255-room Spanish-Mission style resort the Beverly Garland is located in North Hollywood. The hotel continues to be owned by her family and managed by her son, James Fessenden Crank.

Garland's daughter, actress Carrington Garland, is perhaps best known for her portrayal of the third Kelly Capwell on the soap opera Santa Barbara.


On December 5, 2008, Garland died in the mid-century contemporary house in the Hollywood Hills that was her home of over 40 years.[8] A memorial service and reception was attended by several hundred people on December 13 at her namesake hotel property, Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn. Her body was cremated.


YearTitleRoleOther notes
1950D.O.A.Miss FosterCredited as Beverly Campbell
The Lone RangerLaura LawsonTV, 1 episode
1951Strictly DishonorableArmorclad Mentoring Isabelle in opera CaesarUncredited
1953The Neanderthal ManNola Mason, waitress
1954MedicEstelle CollinsTV, 1 episode, nominated for Best Actress in a Single Performance Emmy Award
1954–1956Four Star PlayhouseVarious rolesTV, 4 episodes
1955Swamp WomenVera
Navy LogSallyTV, 1 episode
Science Fiction TheaterSallyTV, 1 episode, "Negative Man"
New Orleans UncensoredMary Reilly
Sudden DangerPhyllis Baxter
1955–1959The MillionaireLouise Benson/ClaraTV, 2 episodes
1956GunslingerMarshal Rose Hood
It Conquered the WorldClaire Anderson
The Ford Television TheatreMaria PerrinTV, 1 episode
1956–1957Wire ServiceEllen GaleTV, 2 episodes
1956–1959Dick Powell's Zane Grey TheaterVarious rolesTV, 4 episodes
1957Not of This EarthNurse Nadine Storey
Playhouse 90Gay ShermanTV, 1 episode
The Joker Is WildCassie Mack
Naked ParadiseMax MacKenzie
1957–1959DecoyCasey JonesTV, 37 episodes
1958The Saga of Hemp BrownMona Langley
1959Yancy DerringerCoco LaSalleTV, 2 episodes
The Alligator PeopleJoyce Webster, aka Jane Marvin
Hawaiian EyeRena HarrisonTV, 1 episode
The Man from BlackhawkSarah Marshall1 episode, "Logan's Policy", series premiere
1959–1963RawhideJennie Colby
TV, 3 episodes
1960The Twilight ZoneMaggieTV, 1 episode "The Four of Us Are Dying"
1959–1967The Wonderful World of DisneyMrs. BarkoTV, 6 episodes
1960Tales of Wells FargoPearl HartTV, 1 episode
Wanted: Dead or AliveSally LindTV, 1 episode
Hong KongIrene VanceTV, 1 episode
ThrillerRuth KentonTV, 1 episode
Perry MasonMauvis MeadeTV, 1 episode
1961CheckmateJeanTV, 1 episode
The Asphalt JungleCarolineTV, 1 episode
1961Danger ManJo HarrisTV
1961–1962Dr. KildareAnn/CynthiaTV, 2 episodes
1962Bus StopJanie"Summer Lightning"
Cain's HundredJeanette"The Left Side of Canada"
Going My WayMarsha"A Saint for Momma"
The NursesGinny NemetsTV, 1 episode
1963The DakotasKatherine ChanningTV, 1 episode
Sam BenedictJan Fielding"Image of a Toad"
Twice-Told TalesAlice Pyncheon
The FugitiveNurse Doris StillwellTV, 1 episode
The Farmer's DaughterTV, 1 episode
1963–1970GunsmokeVarious rolesTV, 4 episodes
1964Kraft Suspense TheatreJoAnne KlingTV, 1 episode
1965A Man Called ShenandoahKateTV, 1 episode
LaredoAggieTV, 1 episode
1966Pistols 'n' PetticoatsRoss GuttleyTV, 1 episode
1967Judd, for the DefenseDorothy ShawTV, 1 episode
1967–1969The Wild Wild WestCelia Rydell/Sally YarnellTV, 2 episodes
1968The Mothers-in-LawAudrey FlemingTV, 1 episode
Pretty PoisonMrs. Stepanek
1968–1973MannixEdna RestinTV, 3 episodes
1969Here's LucySecretaryTV, 1 episode (uncredited)
1969–1972My Three SonsBarbara Harper DouglasTV, 74 episodes
1970Then Came BronsonBeth MorseTV, 1 episode
1972The Mod SquadTV, 1 episode
Temperatures RisingClaudiaTV, 1 episode
1972–1975Marcus Welby, M.D.Nancy ZimmerTV, 2 episodes
1973Owen Marshall: Counselor at LawMrs. VarniTV, 1 episode
The RookiesPat WhitfieldTV, 1 episode
CannonCecilia ThatcherTV, 1 episode
The New Adventures of Perry MasonLaura LeeTV, 1 episode
Love, American StyleMaria LombardiTV, 1 episode
1974Where the Red Fern GrowsMother
Airport 1975Mrs. Scott Freeman
IronsideAndrea ReynoldsTV, 1 episode
1974–1975Medical CenterKay/Madeline StockwoodTV, 2 episodes
1975The Mary Tyler Moore ShowVeronica LudlowTV, 1 episode
1976–1977Mary Hartman, Mary HartmanCookie LaRueTV, 16 episodes
1977The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew MysteriesThelmaTV, 1 episode
Lanigan's RabbiTV, 1 episode
The Tony Randall ShowSylvia NeedlemanTV, 1 episode
1979How the West Was WonHannaTV, 1 episode
Charlie's AngelsPat JusticeTV, 1 episode
Roller BoogieLillian Barkley
1980Trapper John, M.D.Mrs. KaufmanTV, 2 episodes
It's My TurnEmma
1981Hart to HartReal GrandmaTV, 1 episode
Flamingo RoadTV, 1 episode
Magnum, P.I.Florence RussellTV, 1 episode
Matt HoustonMrs. ChapmanTV, 1 episode
1982–1983Remington SteeleAbigail HoltTV, 2 episodes
1983–1987Scarecrow and Mrs. KingDorothea "Dotty" WestTV, 88 episodes
1985HotelAlice KormanTV, 1 episode
Finder of Lost LovesLucy RowensTV, 1 episode
1991P.S. I Luv UEmmaTV, 1 episode
1995FriendsAunt IrisTV, 1 episodes
EllenEvaTV, 1 episodes
1995–1997Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanEllen LaneTV, 6 episodes
1997Diagnosis: MurderStellaTV, 1 episode
1997–20047th HeavenGingerTV, 9 episodes
1998Teen AngelGrandmaTV, 2 episodes
1998-1999The Angry BeaversHigh PriestessThe Mighty Knot Head/Practical jerks
2002The Weakest LinkHerself (contestant)TV Moms Edition (1st one voted off)


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