Bibi Besch

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Bibi Besch
Born(1940-02-01)February 1, 1940
Vienna, Austria
DiedSeptember 7, 1996(1996-09-07) (aged 56) (breast cancer)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
 
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Bibi Besch
Born(1940-02-01)February 1, 1940
Vienna, Austria
DiedSeptember 7, 1996(1996-09-07) (aged 56) (breast cancer)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor

Bibiana "Bibi" Besch (February 1, 1940 – September 7, 1996) was an Austrian-born American actress.

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Early life

Besch was born in Vienna, Austria in 1940, the daughter of theater actress Gusti Huber, who starred in German films during World War II. Her stepfather[1] was Joseph Besch, a radio executive and former captain in the U.S. Army.[2] She had two sisters, Drea and Christina, and a brother, Andrew.[3] She grew up in Mount Kisco, New York after World War II and attended local elementary and junior high schools. While attending Mount Kisco High School it consolidated with adjacent northern Westchester County villages, forming Fox Lane High School, from which Besch graduated in 1959. She later moved to New York City. Besch was the mother of actress Samantha Mathis.[citation needed]

Career

Besch appeared in a variety of daytime soaps such as The Secret Storm, The Edge of Night, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, and finally, Somerset. In addition to her theater career, she began appearing in more nationally known primetime features, such as the 1979 miniseries Backstairs at the White House.

She may be best-remembered as Dr. Carol Marcus, the mother of Admiral James T. Kirk's son David in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. She also had a small role as the much-hated "Belle Marmillion" in the hit movie Steel Magnolias. Besch also appeared in such films as The Day After, the acclaimed made-for-television film directed by Nicholas Meyer, Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry with Katharine Hepburn, Victory at Entebbe, Date with an Angel and Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story.[citation needed]

In 1992, she received her first acting nomination - an Emmy Award - for the landmark TV-movie Doing Time on Maple Drive, co-starring Jim Carrey. She received another Emmy nomination a year later for her recurring-character performance as the neurotic mother of Janine Turner's character in the CBS series, Northern Exposure.

Death

She continued to appear in films and television, including ER and Melrose Place until her 1996 death at the age of 56 following a long battle with breast cancer.

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