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Gloria Talbott was a popular actress during the 1950’s and 60’s with over a hundred film and television credits during her career.
Gloria Talbott was born February 7, 1931 in Glendale in Los Angeles County, California, a city co-founded by one of her grandfathers. Her sister, Lori Talbott, also became an actress. Talbott began her career as a child actress in such films as “Maytime” (1937) , “Sweet and Low-down” (1944) and “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn” (1945). After leaving school, Talbott formed a dramatic group and played “arena”-style shows at various clubs. After a three-year hiatus from acting (1948-50) due to marriage, motherhood and a divorce, she resumed her career, working regularly in both television and films. Talbott appeared films such as “Desert Pursuit” (1952), “Crashout” (1955), the Humphrey Bogart comedy “We’re No Angels” (1955), “Lucy Gallant” (1955), and “All That Heaven Allows” (1955). Some of her other movies include “The Oklahoman” (1957) with Joel McCrae and Barbara Hale, “Cattle Empire” (1958), and “The Oregon Trail” (1959) with Fred MacMurray. Talbott also became known as a ‘scream queen’ in the late 1950’s after appearing in a number of horror films including “The Daughter of Dr. Jekyll” (1957), “The Cyclops” (1957), “I Married a Monster from Outer Space” (1958) and “The Leech Woman” (1960). Her final film role was as Bri Quince in the 1966 Western film “An Eye for an Eye”.
During the 1950’s and 60’s Talbott also worked extensively in television. Some of her many television credits include appearances in shows and television movies such as “Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok” (1951), “Hopalong Cassidy” (1953), “TV Reader’s Digest” episode ‘America’s First Great Lady’ as Pocahontas (1955), “Fireside Theatre” (four episodes in 1953 and 54), “Adventures of Superman” (1956), “Zane Grey Theater” (1956), three episodes in “The Restless Gun” (1958), “Zorro” (four episodes in 1959), “Wanted: Dead or Alive” (three episodes 1958-1960), “Rawhide” (three episodes 1959-1961), “The Untouchables” (1962), “Laramie” (four episodes 1960-1963), “Gunsmoke” (three episodes 1955-1963), “Lassie” (1965), and Perry Mason (four episodes 1961-1966).
Gloria Talbott was married four times. Her first marriage was to KUSC broadcaster Gene Stanley Parrish on February 19, 1949. They divorced in 1953. Her second marriage was to Sandy Sanders in June 1956. They divorced nine years later in 1965. Her third marriage was to Dr. Steven J. Capabianco in January 1967. They divorced in 1969 after only two years of marriage. Talbott’s fourth and last marriage was to Patrick Mullally on April 27, 1970. The couple remained married until her death in September of 2000.
Talbott had a son, Mark, by her first husband Gene Parrish and a daughter, Mea, with Dr. Steven J. Capabianco, her third husband. Her daughter Mea won three gold medals in local ice skating competitions while she grew up is now an aspiring actress. Mae would rename herself Mea M. Mullally, taking the last name of man who raised her, Talbott’s fourth husband Patrick Mullally.
Gloria Talbott died from kidney failure September 19, 2000 (aged 69) in Glendale, California. She is interred in the Mausoleum at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, California.
When asked by gossip columnist Earl Wilson if she had ever been mistaken for a man on the phone (due to her deep husky voice), Tallulah Bankhead replied, “No, have you?”
“I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That’s what I call a liberal education.” ~ Tallulah Bankhead
“The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.” ~ Tallulah Bankhead
“It’s the good girls who keep diaries, the bad girls never have the time.” ~ Tallulah Bankhead
“My father warned me about men and booze, but he never mentioned a word about women and cocaine.” ~ Tallulah Bankhead
“I’m the foe of moderation, the champion of excess. If I may lift a line from a die-hard whose identity is lost in the shuffle, I’d rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.” ~ Tallulah Bankhead
“Say anything about me, dahling, as long as it isn’t boring.” ~ Tallulah Bankhead
“Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it.” ~ Tallulah Bankhead