Shelley Fabares Biography (1944-)

Full name, Michelle Marie Fabares; born January 19, 1944 (some sources say 1942), in Santa Monica, CA; daughter of James (a real estate broker) and Elsa Fabares; niece of Nanette Fabray (an actress); married Lou Adler (a record producer and music company executive), 1963 (divorced); married Mike Farrell (anactor), December, 1984; stepchildren: (second marriage) Michael Joshua, Erin. Avocational interests: Yoga, meditation, needlepoint, reading. Career: Actress. Also worked as a singer and a model. Awards, Honors: Gold record, Recording Industry Association of America, 1962, for "Johnny Angel"; Emmy Award nominations, outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series, 1993 and 1994, both for Coach. Addresses: Contact: P.O. Box 6010-909, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413.; Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Birth Details
January 19, 1944
Santa Monica, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Trudy, Annie Oakley, syndicated, 1952-56
  • Mary Stone, The Donna Reed Show, ABC, 1958-63
  • Dani Cooper, Mr. Novak, NBC, 1963-65
  • Dr. Anne Jamison, The Little People (also known as The Brian Keith Show), NBC, 1972-74
  • Jenny Bedford, The Practice, NBC, 1976-77
  • Eleanor Major, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, syndicated, 1977
  • Eleanor Major, Forever Fernwood, syndicated, 1977-78
  • Helen Blacke, Highcliffe Manor, NBC, 1979
  • Marion Alder, Hello, Larry, NBC, 1979-80
  • Francine Webster, One Day at a Time, CBS, 1981-84
  • Christine Armstrong Fox, Coach, ABC, 1989-97
  • Voice of Martha Kent, Superman (also known as Superman: The Animated Series; animated), The WB, 1996
  • Miniseries
  • Moselle Corey, "Annette," The Mickey Mouse Club, ABC, 1958
  • Movies
  • Joy Piccolo, Brian's Song, ABC, 1971
  • Lisa, Sky Heist, NBC, 1975
  • Mary Alice Friday, Friendships, Secrets and Lies, NBC, 1979
  • Grace Donovan, Donovan's Kid, 1979
  • Louise Gregory, Gridlock (also known as The Great American Traffic Jam), NBC, 1980
  • Ellie Walker, Memorial Day, CBS, 1983
  • Kathy Reuben, Run Till You Fall, CBS, 1988
  • Ellen Poston, Class Cruise (also known as Coeds at Sea andSemester at Sea), NBC, 1989
  • Shirley Fagot, Deadly Relations, ABC, 1993
  • Millie Ridgeway, The Great Mom Swap, NBC, 1995
  • A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story, CBS, 1995
  • Voice of Martha Kent, Superman: The Last Son of Krypton (animated), The WB, 1996
  • Lily, A Nightmare Come True, 1997
  • Nancy Erikson, Playing to Win: A Moment of Truth Movie, 1998
  • Specials
  • The Frank Sinatra Special, NBC, 1953
  • Fran Brogliatti, The Celebrity and the Arcade Kid, 1983
  • Mimi, The Suburban Beat, NBC, 1985
  • The Test Tube, ABC, 1990
  • Two Years ... Later, NBC, 1990
  • The Golden Globe's 50th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1994
  • Host, An All-New Before They Were Stars (also known as Before They Were Stars, Part II), ABC, 1994
  • Christine Armstrong Fox, The Coach Retrospective: Mary Hart Goes One on One with Coach, ABC, 1994
  • The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration (also known as The NFL 75th Anniversary Special), ABC, 1995
  • Episodic
  • "Flight into the Unknown," Captain Midnight, CBS, 1955
  • "Our Town," Producers' Showcase, NBC, 1955
  • "An Echo of Conscience," Arrest and Trial, ABC, 1964
  • Ellen Tillman, "Black Leather Jackets," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1964
  • "Vanessa," The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, NBC, 1968
  • "A Package Deal," Bracken's World, NBC, 1969
  • "Love and Mother," Love, American Style, ABC, 1969
  • "The Guardian," The Interns, CBS, 1970
  • "Love and the Fuzz," Love, American Style, ABC, 1971
  • "The Girl with the Broom," Longstreet, ABC, 1971
  • Lorraine Latham, Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, ABC, 1971
  • "Fifth Man in a String Quartet," McCloud, NBC, 1972
  • "The Fake," Cade's County, CBS, 1972
  • Jolene Hyland, "Caledonia, It's Worth a Fortune," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1974
  • "Solomon's Dilemma," The Rookies, ABC, 1975
  • "Now I Lay Me Down to Die," Matt Helm, ABC, 1975
  • Linda Stockwood, Vega$, ABC, 1978
  • "The Canterville Ghost," WonderWorks, PBS, 1985
  • "First of the Belles," Newhart, CBS, 1987
  • Liza Caspar, "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" (parts one and two), Murder,She Wrote, CBS, 1989
  • Appeared as Cathy McConnell in episodes of Mork and Mindy, ABC. Also appeared in episodes of The Eleventh Hour, NBC; Ironside, NBC; Mannix, CBS; Marcus Welby, M.D., ABC; Matinee Theater, NBC; and Playhouse 90, CBS.
  • Pilots
  • Susie Harper, "The Claudette Colbert Show," Colgate Theater, NBC,1958broadcast as "Welcome to Washington," Comedy Spot, CBS, 1960
  • Esther Smith, "Meet Me in St. Louis," Summer Fun, ABC, 1966
  • Michele "Mike" Carter, U.M.C. (also known as Operation Heartbeat), CBS, 1969
  • Bethany Hagen, Two for the Money, ABC, 1972
  • Helen Perlmutter, Pleasure Cove, NBC, 1979
  • Barbara McCabe, His and Hers, CBS, 1984
  • Film Appearances
  • The Girl Rush, Paramount, 1955
  • Twinkie Daley, Rock, Pretty Baby, Universal, 1956
  • Suzy Parker, Never Say Goodbye, Universal, 1956
  • (Uncredited) The Bad Seed, Warner Bros., 1956
  • Seth's girlfriend, Marjorie Morningstar, Warner Bros., 1958
  • Twinkie Daley, Summer Love, Universal, 1958
  • Brie Matthews, Ride the Wild Surf, Columbia, 1964
  • Valerie Frank, Girl Happy, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1965
  • Louisa, Hold On! (also known as There's No Place by Space),Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • Cynthia Foxhugh, Spinout (also known as California Holiday), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • Dianne Carter, Clambake, United Artists, 1967
  • Amy Carter, A Time to Sing, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968
  • Buffy Cronenberg, Hot Pursuit, Paramount, 1987
  • Lu Ann Reed, Love or Money, 1990
  • Matinee, Universal, 1993
  • Albums
  • Shelley!, Colpix, 1962
  • Things We Did Last Summer, Colpix, 1962
  • The Best of Shelley Fabares, Wea/Atlantic/Rhino, 1994
  • (With others) Donna Reed's Dinner Party, Sony/Wonder, 1995
  • (With James Darren and Paul Peterson) Teenage Triangle, [England],rereleased by Westside, 1999
  • Singles
  • Singles include "Johnny Angel" and "Johnny Loves Me."

Further Reference


    • People Weekly, April 15, 1991, p. 72.*

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