B-movie Star Garland Dead
B-movie star Beverly Garland has died after a lengthy battle with ill health.
The actress, who starred in 1950s cult Roger Corman hits including Swamp Women and Not Of This Earth, passed away at her Hollywood Hills home on Friday (05Dec08). She was 82.
Garland's acting career spanned more than 50 years and featured roles in more than 40 films. She gained popularity playing feisty females in low-budget movies before finding success as a sitcom actress.
She first played Bing Crosby's wife in The Bing Crosby Show during the mid-1960s and went on to land a regular role in hit series My Three Sons, opposite Fred MACMurray.
She also made her mark in the 1980s and 1990s playing a series of mums in hit shows - she played Stephanie Zimbalist's mother in Remington Steele, Kate Jackson's in Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Teri Hatcher's in Lois + Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
She was also a regular in U.S. soap opera Port Charles.
Born Beverly Fessenden in Santa Cruz, California in 1926, Garland also founded and ran Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn hotel in North Hollywood.