Jena Engstrom

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Jena Engstrom
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Jena Engstrom as Betty in April 19, 1961 episode of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet titled "Selling Rick's Drums".
BornLiana Jeanne Moon
(1942-06-30) June 30, 1942 (age 72)
Los Angeles, California, USA
OccupationFormer television actress
Years active1960 - 1964
ParentsJean Engstrom
 
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Jena Engstrom
Jena Engstrom.png
Jena Engstrom as Betty in April 19, 1961 episode of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet titled "Selling Rick's Drums".
BornLiana Jeanne Moon
(1942-06-30) June 30, 1942 (age 72)
Los Angeles, California, USA
OccupationFormer television actress
Years active1960 - 1964
ParentsJean Engstrom

Jena Engstrom (born Liana Jeanne Moon on June 30, 1942 in Los Angeles, California) is an American former television actress. She appeared in more than three dozen episodes of various television series between 1960 and 1964.

Career[edit]

Jena Engstrom[1] began acting after graduating from high school[2] and first appeared on television in the 1960 episode "Adopted" of the ABC crime drama, The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor. She appeared in some thirty-seven television programs[1] before making her final appearance opposite guest star Robert Culp in the 1964 episode, "The Stallion", of NBC's The Virginian[3].

Mother and daughter[edit]

Jena Engstrom[1] is the daughter of actress Jean Engstrom[1][4][5] (1920-1997)[4] whose television career (1955-1966)[4][5] overlapped her daughter’s and whose career also included movie[4] and regional stage appearances.[5][6] Most on-line databases and this article have listed only two of the three TV shows in which they appeared together. The first of the two shows listed is the April 1961 episode of the CBS program Rawhide titled "Incident of the Lost Idol" in which they appeared as mother and daughter. They had only one brief scene together as the story was not about their relationship. The second show listed is the January 1962 episode “To Sell Another Human Being” of ABC's The New Breed, starring Leslie Nielsen,[5] in which mother Jean played a wealthy woman who with her husband (played by Richard Arlen) adopt a baby through an adoption mill. The police get invovled when the baby's natural mother, played by daughter Jena, tries to get her baby back. The third television show in with they appeared together is an unidentified 30-minuted religious program presented in 1961 in which they played mother and daughter. In this story a girl (Jena) has trouble relating to her parents until a session with teenagers at a church is recorded and the recording made available to the parents to listen to. Appearing in this show with Jean and Jena Engstrom are Robert Stevenson as Jena’s father and Richard Evans as her boyfriend. This film, minus the opening and closing credits, has been posted on-line.[7]

Western series[edit]

Twenty-one of Jena Engstrom's thirty-seven roles were in television westerns. She appeared three times each on Have Gun, Will Travel, and Wagon Train, as well as Rawhide, twice each on Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and Laramie, and once each on The Tall Man, Death Valley Days, Frontier Circus, and Outlaws, as well as her final performance as an actress in The Virginian.

Some of her best acting opportunities came in Western shows. In “The Education of Sarah Jane” episode of Have Gun, Will Travel she appeared as Sarah Jane opposite guest star Duane Eddy in a story of the youngest members of feuding clans that have been killing one another for generations. It is up to Paladin (Richard Boone) to bring an end to the madness. In the “Milly” episode of Gunsmoke, she played Milly Glover, an impoverished teenager hoping to break herself and her younger brother (Billy E. Hughes) from their abusive and alcoholic father (Malcolm Atterbury. She tries to escape poverty through marriage to an older man, but the three men (James Griffith, Don Dubbins, and Harry Swoger) to whom she proposes reject her. She plots revenge. In the episode “Chester’s Indian”, Engstrom plays Callie Dill, the repressed daughter of a storekeeper (Karl Swenson) who is helping a wrongfully-detained Cheyenne brave (Eddie Little Sky) trying to return to his village. When Chester (Dennis Weaver) shoots and wounds the brave, Callie implores Chester to nurse him back to health. In 1962, in one of her three appearances on Rawhide, she had the title role of "The Child-Woman" in an episode also guest starring Cesar Romero where she played a teenager willfully in the clutches of a domineering saloonkeeper. In 1961, she portrayed Laurie Manson in "The Incident of the Lost Idol". She retired from acting in 1964 with appearances on Wagon Train, Perry Mason, when she played Vera Janel in "The Case of the Illicit Illusion," and in her final television appearance in "The Black Stallion" episode of The Virginian, Engstrom plays a rancher’s daughter in love with an alcoholic veterinarian (Robert Culp) who has been drafted by series star Randy Boone to care for an abused stallion.

Illness[edit]

Jena Engstrom left acting in 1964, possibly because of health considerations. In 1963, she was cast in what was to have been a recurring role of Jennie in the series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, starring Kurt Russell,[8] but had to give up the role because of illness and was replaced by Donna Anderson.[9][10]

In June 1964, she was replaced again because of ill health by Davey Davison in the episode "Children of Calamity" of Richard Crenna's CBS drama series, Slattery's People.[11]

Confused credits[edit]

The acting credits of mother Jean and daughter Jena were confused at the time they were active in the business resulting in mixed credits in newspapers and problems with pay checks.[2] For a long time the credtis were confused on many Interent databases, and while some errors still exist, many have been corrected.

DVDs[edit]

Several of the television series listed below have been released by their studios on DVDs that are available for sale or for rent.

Television Roles[1][12][13][edit]

Note: "Episode" column: 2.9 indicates Season 2, Episode 9, etc.

AIR DATESHOWEPISODEEPISODE TITLECHARACTERNOTESDVD
Nov. 25, 1960The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor2.9"Adopted"[14]Ann Martin1st of 2 appearances on this show.
Feb. 5, 1961Shirley Temple Theatre2.19"The Fawn"[15]Kathy
Feb. 25, 1961Have Gun, Will Travel4.23"Fatal Flaw" [16]Cassandra Langford1st of 3 appearances on this show.Yes
Mar. 14, 1961The Red Skelton Hour10.17"Freddy and the Baby"[17]Young Woman (Baby's Mother)Yes
Apr. 19, 1961The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet9.30"Selling Rick's Drums"[18]Betty HamiltonYes
Apr. 28, 1961Rawhide (TV series)3.24"Incident of the Lost Idol"[19]Laurie Manson1st of 3 appearances on this show. Mother Jean Engstrom also appears in this episode.Yes
Jun. 11, 1961The Asphalt Jungle1.11"The Kidnapping"[20]Karen Meriden
Sep. 23, 1961Have Gun, Will Travel5.2"The Education of Sarah Jane"[21]Sarah Jane Darrow2nd of 3 appearances on this show.Yes
Oct. 1, 1961Bonanza3.2"Springtime"[22]Ann1st of 2 appearances on this show.Yes
Oct. 12, 1961My Three Sons2.3"The Crush"[23]Mary Beth JacksonYes
Oct. 14, 1961The Tall Man (TV series)2.6"An Item for Auction"[24]Mary Susan NaylackYes
Oct. 23, 1961Death Valley Days10.7"Storm Over Truckee"[25]Maggie WoolfBilled as Jenna Engstrom.
Oct. 30, 1961The Everglades1.4"Primer for Pioneers" [26]Memory JacksThe series is listed as "Everglades!" in the opening credits.
Nov. 1, 1961Wagon Train5.6"The Jenna Douglas Story"[27]Sue ThompsonYes
Nov. 2, 1961Outlaws (1960 TV series)2.5"The Night Riders"[28]Louise Nichols
Nov. 25, 1961Gunsmoke7.9"Milly"[29]Milly Glover1st of 2 appearances on this show.Yes
Dec. 26, 1961Laramie (TV series)3.13"The Lawless Seven" [30]Ginny Hawks1st of 2 appearances on this show.Yes
Jan. 16, 1962The New Breed (TV Series)1.16"To Sell Another Human Being"[5]Mother Jean Engstrom also appears in this episode.
Mar. 2, 1962The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor3.20"Night Boat" [31]Frances2nd of 2 appearances on this show.
Mar. 14, 1962Wagon Train5.24"The Amos Billings Story"[32]Loan2nd of 2 appearances on this show.Yes
Mar. 17, 1962Have Gun, Will Travel5.26"Alice" [33]Maya Ferguson3rd of 3 appearances on this show.Yes
Mar. 23, 1962Rawhide (TV series)4.24"The Child-Woman"[34]Posie Mushgrove2nd of 3 appearances on this show.Yes
Apr. 5, 1962Frontier Circus1.20"Mighty Like Rogues"[35]Betsy Ross JukesYes
May 12, 1962Gunsmoke7.32"Chester's Indian" [36]Callie Dill2nd of 2 appearances on this show.Yes
Oct. 26, 1962Rawhide (TV series)5.5"Incident of the Four Horsemen"[37]Amy Galt3rd of 3 appearances on this show.Yes
Nov. 5,1962Stoney Burke (TV series)1.6"A Matter of Pride"[38]Meryle Hill
Nov. 13, 1962Laramie (TV series)4.7"The Sunday Shoot"[39]Nancy Tilford2nd of 2 appearances on this show.Yes
Dec. 2, 1962Bonanza4.10"The Deadly Ones"[40]Molly Reed2nd of 2 appearances on this show.Yes
Jan. 11, 1963Route 66 (TV series)3.16"You Can't Pick Cotton in Tahiti" [41]Elva DupreeYes
Feb. 7, 1963Dr. Kildare2.18"Good Luck Charm"[42]Marcia LaverlyYes
Apr. 17, 1963The Eleventh Hour (1962 TV series)1.27"Try to Keep Alive Until Next Tuesday"Marian Snyder
May 23, 1963The Doctors and the Nurses1.30"Bitter Pill"[43]Jean WheelerThe show was called The Nurses (CBS TV series) during the first season.
Sep 15, 1963The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV series)1.1"The Day of Leaving"[44]JennieJena Engstrom was replaced after this pilot episode because of illness
Feb. 7, 196477 Sunset Strip6.20"Queen of the Cats"[45]Marian ArmstrongFinal episode of this series.77 Sunset Strip
Mar. 30, 1964Wagon Train7.20"The Santiago Quesada Story"[46]Kim Case3rd of 3 appearances on this show.Yes
Apr. 9, 1964Perry Mason (TV series)7.25"The Case of the Ilicit Illusion"[47]Vera JanelYes
Sep. 30, 1964The Virginian (TV series)3.3"The Black Stallion"[3]Jodie WingateEpisode also called "The Stallion"Yes

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