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Shelley Fabares

Vibrant, increasingly lovely teen fave Shelley Fabares withstood the test of time by transitioning successfully into adult parts unlike many of her 1960s "teen queen" peers who faded quickly into the memory books. She was born Michele Marie Fabares on January 19, 1944, in sunny Santa Monica, Californnia. As the niece of singer/comedienne Nanette Fabray, she was indoctrinated early into the show biz life. Tap dancing from age three, she also modeled during her elementary school and began appearing on such TV shows as Captain Midnight (1954) and Annie Oakley (1954) (the latter a recurring role). At age 12, she made her professional film debut in the Rock Hudson/Cornell Borchers tearjerker Never Say Goodbye (1956) as Hudson's daughter, and went on to play kid sister roles in the rock 'n' roll-themed Rock, Pretty Baby! (1956) and its sequel Summer Love (1957) both starring John Saxon. Teen-idol status came with her coming-of-age role as the ever-wholesome daughter "Mary Stone" on The Donna Reed Show (1958), a part she played for five seasons before embarking on a more grown-up film career. During the run of the classic sitcom, she and TV "brother" Paul Petersen grew so popular that they sprinted to adjoining pop singing celebrity, although both admitted that their vocal talents were limited. Shelley especially enjoyed a #1 Billboard hit with the breathy, sultry-edged "Johnny Angel". The character of "Mary Stone" was gently phased out of the show as her character "left for college". By this time, Shelley had turned into quite a curvaceous stunner. Her acting mettle hardly tested, she managed to become part of the bikini-clad blonde set with top femme parts in such fun-and-frolic fare as Ride the Wild Surf (1964), Hold On! (1966), which was a vehicle for British singing sensation Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, and three of Elvis Presley's less-acclaimed vehicles of the later 1960s: Girl Happy (1965), Spinout (1966) and Clambake (1967).


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Born:
Jan 19, 1944 In Santa Monica, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
49
First Appeared:
In the movie The Girl Rush 1955-09-16
Latest Project:
Movie Superman: Brainiac Attacks 2006-06-20
Known For
Poster of Hot Pursuit
Poster of Summer Love
Poster of The Girl Rush

Shelley Fabares Movies Filmography

Movie
Superman: Brainiac Attacks
Martha Kent (voice) 2006-06-20
Movie
A Nightmare Come True
Lily Zarn 1997-02-12
Series
Superman: The Animated Series
Unknown 1996-09-06
Movie
Superman: The Last Son of Krypton
Martha Kent (voice) 1996-09-06
Movie
The Great Mom Swap
Millie Ridgeway 1995-09-23
Movie
Deadly Relations
Shirley Fagot 1993-05-22
Movie
Love or Money
Lu Ann Reed 1990-01-05
Series
Coach
Christine Armstrong 1989-02-28
Movie
Hot Pursuit
Buffy Cronenberg 1987-05-08
Movie
Suburban Beat
Mimi 1985-08-17
Series
Murder, She Wrote
Unknown 1984-09-30
Series
Matt Houston
Unknown 1982-09-26
Series
Newhart
Unknown 1982-10-02
Movie
Friendships, Secrets and Lies
Mary Alice 1979-12-03
Movie
Donovan's Kid
Grace Donovan 1979-01-07
Movie
Pleasure Cove
Helen Perlmutter 1979-01-03
Series
Vega$
Unknown 1978-09-20
Series
Mork & Mindy
1978-09-14
Series
The Incredible Hulk
Unknown 1977-11-04
Series
The Love Boat
Cathy 1977-09-24
Series
Spencer's Pilots
Unknown 1976-09-17
Series
One Day at a Time
1975-12-16
Series
The Rockford Files
Jolene Hyland 1974-09-13
Series
Police Story
Unknown 1973-03-20
Series
The Rookies
Unknown 1972-09-11
Movie
Brian's Song
Joy Piccolo 1971-11-30
Series
McCloud
Unknown 1970-02-17
Series
Love, American Style
Sheila 1969-09-29
Series
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
Unknown 1968-09-21
Series
Mannix
Unknown 1967-09-16
Series
Ironside
Unknown 1967-03-28
Movie
Clambake
Dianne Carter 1967-01-01
Movie
Spinout
Cynthia Foxhugh 1966-12-14
Movie
Hold On!
Louisa Page 1966-06-22
Movie
Girl Happy
Valerie 1965-04-14
Movie
Ride the Wild Surf
Brie Matthews 1964-08-05
Series
Shindig!
Unknown 1964-09-16
Series
Daniel Boone
Unknown 1964-09-24
Series
Arrest and Trial
Unknown 1963-09-15
Series
The Twilight Zone
Unknown 1959-10-02
Series
The Donna Reed Show
Unknown 1958-09-24
Movie
Marjorie Morningstar
Guest at Marjorie's Home 1958-04-24
Movie
Summer Love
Twinkie Daley 1958-03-10
Movie
Jeanne Eagels
Teenage Girl (uncredited) 1957-08-02
Series
Annette
1957-02-08
Movie
The Bad Seed
Margie (uncredited) 1956-09-12
Movie
Never Say Goodbye
Suzy Parker 1956-03-10
Movie
Our Town
Rebecca Gibbs 1955-09-19
Movie
The Girl Rush
Young Kim 1955-09-16