Sheree North Biography (1933-)

Born Dawn Bethel, January 17, 1933, in Los Angeles, CA; mother's name, June (a real estate agent and pearl appraiser); married Fred Bessire (a draftsman;divorced, 1953); married John "Bud" Freedman (a music publisher), February 20, 1955 (divorced, 1956); married Gerhardt Sommer (a psychologist), December 17, 1958 (divorced); children: Dawn (first marriage); Erica Eve (third marriage). Addresses: AGENT--c/o Triad Artists, Inc., 888 Seventh Avenue, NewYork, NY 10019.

Sheree North made her performing debut as a dancer with the U.S.O. at age eleven.

Birth Details
January 17, 1933
Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits
  • BROADWAY DEBUT--Dancer, Hazel Flagg, Mark Hellinger Theatre, 1953.
  • Gitel Mosca, Two for the Seesaw, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA, 1961.
  • Martha Mills, I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1962.
  • Alice, Thursday Is Good Night, Playhouse on the Mall, Paramus, NJ, 1964.
  • Mrs. Rosebloom, Rosebloom, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA, 1970.
  • Lillian, California Dog Fight, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1985.
  • Also appeared in The Further Adventures of Sally, Pennsylvania Stage Company, Allentown, PA, 1984; Also appeared in Dutchman, Los Angeles, CA, 1965; Muzeeka, New Theatre for Now, Mark Taper Forum; and in Can- Can, Irma La Douce, Bye Bye Birdie, What's in It for Me?, and Private Lives.
  • Credits; MAJOR TOURS
  • Your Own Thing, U.S. cities, 1969.
  • Club member, Excuse My Dust, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1951.
  • chorus girl, Here Come the Girls, Paramount, 1953.
  • jitterbug dancer, Living It Up, Paramount, 1954.
  • Curly, How to Be Very, Very Popular, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1955.
  • Katy Whitcomb, The Lieutenant Wore Skirts, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1956.
  • Kitty, The Best Things in Life Are Free, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1956.
  • Isabelle Flagg, No Down Payment, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
  • Hank Clifford, The Way to the Gold, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
  • Lorraine, In Love and War, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.
  • Eadie, Mardi Gras, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.
  • Sandra, Destination Inner Space, Magna, 1966.
  • Jonesy, Madigan, Universal, 1968.
  • waitress, The Gypsy Moths, MGM, 1969.
  • Nita Bix, The Trouble with Girls (And How to Get into It) (also known asThe Chautauqua), MGM, 1969.
  • Laura Shelby, Lawman, United Artists, 1971.
  • Jewell Everett, Charley Varrick, Universal, 1973.
  • Buck's wife, The Outfit (also known as Good Guys Always Win), United Artists, 1973.
  • Myrna, Breakout, Columbia, 1975.
  • Serepta, The Shootist, Paramount, 1976.
  • Sheree, Survival, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976.
  • Marie Wills, Telefon, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1977.
  • mystery lady, Rabbit Test, AVCO-Embassy, 1978.
  • Sally, Only Once in a Lifetime, Movietime, 1979.
  • Also appeared in Maniac Cop, Shapiro Glickenhaus Corporation, 1988.
  • TELEVISION DEBUT--Jack Benny's girlfriend, Bing Crosby Special, CBS, 1954.
  • Honey Smith, Big Eddie, CBS, 1975.
  • Nurse Lisa Gordon, Women in White, NBC, 1979.
  • Edie McKendrick, I'm a Big Girl Now, ABC, 1980-81.
  • Lynn Holtz, Bay City Blues, NBC, 1983.
  • Credits; PILOTS
  • Claire Simmons, The Seekers, ABC, 1963.
  • Sally, Code Name: Heraclitus, NBC, 1967.
  • Gloria Oresko, Then Came Bronson, ABC, 1969.
  • Beverly West, Vanished, NBC, 1971.
  • Brandi, Key West, NBC, 1973.
  • Betty, Winter Kill, ABC, 1974.
  • Gina Polaski, A Shadow in the Streets, NBC, 1975.
  • Melissa, Most Wanted, ABC, 1976.
  • Dorothy, A Christmas for Boomer, NBC, 1979.
  • Fingernail Dolly, The Nightingales, NBC, 1979.
  • Blanche Rafferty, Return of Luther Gillis (broadcast as an episode of Magnum, P.I.), CBS, 1984.
  • Credits; EPISODIC
  • "Don't Cry Baby, Don't Cry," Breaking Point, ABC, 1963.
  • Hawkins, CBS, 1973.
  • Dotty Worth, Archie Bunker's Place, CBS, 1979-83.
  • Charlene McGuire, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, CBS.
  • Also Great Adventure, CBS; Marcus Welby, M.D., ABC; The Untouchables, ABC; The Perry Como Show, NBC; Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, NBC.
  • Credits; MOVIES
  • Ruby, Rolling Man, ABC, 1972.
  • Mrs. Murdock, Trouble Came to Town, ABC, 1973.
  • Kim Sutter, Snatched, ABC, 1973.
  • Gloria Baron, Maneater, ABC, 1973.
  • Layla Burden, The Night They Took Miss Beautiful, NBC, 1977.
  • Carrie Todd, A Real American Hero, CBS, 1978.
  • Sally Evers, Portrait of a Stripper (also known as The Secret Life of Susie Hanson), CBS, 1979.
  • Lettie Norman, Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill, NBC, 1979.
  • Gladys Baker, Marilyn: The Untold Story, ABC, 1980.
  • Ida, Legs, ABC, 1983.
  • Maxine Wagner, Scorned and Swindled, CBS, 1984.
  • Credits; SPECIALS
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1957.
  • Babe, Anything Goes, NBC, 1954.
  • Adele Serkin, Have I Got a Christmas for You, NBC, 1977.
  • Elvis Remembered: Nashville to Hollywood, NBC, 1980.
  • "Are You My Mother?," ABC Afterschool Special, ABC, 1986.

Recent Updates

November 4, 2005: North died on November 4, 2005, in Los Angeles, California, of complications from surgery. She was 72. Source:,, November 10, 2005.

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