Done by 40

Actresses whose careers are over by the age of 40, I am not listing women who died. Just adult actesses who left the profession for one reason or another. Also I am not listing former child actors who quit before establishing themselves as adult actors. Most actresses find it hard to find roles approaching the age of 40. This will be an ongoing list.
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Ahna Capri
Beautiful, buxom, and shapely blonde bombshell Ahna Capri was born Anna Marie Nanasi on July 6, 1944 in Budapest, Hungary. Capri moved with her family to America when she was a child and started acting in television series at age 11. She made her film debut at age 13 in the Western Outlaw's Son....
“ Shapely Blonde, who was in a lot of the exploitation films in the 70s career spanned 1956-1979 she started when she was 12, even guest starred of "Leave it to Beaver". Career was over when she was 34 y.o., died in 2010. She was a child actor but had a lot of roles as an adult. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful Blonde actress with a gamin like quality to her. Guested in a lot of episodic televisions, a few small roles in A production movies "Guess Who's coming to Dinner?" being the most famous. And starred in a lot of B movies. Retired at age of 31 career spanned 1967-1978. Died in 1993. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Played Aphrodite in the Xena and Hercules TV shows of the 1990s. Pretty Blonde actress, looked like Kim Basinger's younger sister. Was active between 1993-2008, last role was at age 36, runs a yoga studio in Washington D.C. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Amanda Peterson
Amanda Peterson was born on July 8, in Greeley, Colorado. With a natural beauty, powerful charm and a strong personality this talented and truly gifted actress began her career in film industry at age "nine-and-a-half", with the feature film Annie, directed by Academy Award-winner John Huston...
“ Pretty actress who gained a cult following from the film "Can't buy Me Love". One of the great mysteries of Hollywood, she just seem to have fallen off the end of the world. At one time she was the most popular young actress in Hollywood. Career spanned 1982-1995, She was just 24 when her career ended. So many question and myth about what happened to her, from severe drug problem, to health problem, to currently back in school going for her masters

I Know she was a child star but I had to make an exception for her because she was so popular and most people remember her as an adult.

She passed away on July 3, 2015 of drug related causes. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Amy Locane
Actress, Cry-Baby
Amy Locane was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and raised by her mother. She was ten years old when a local photographer spotted her and sent her picture to an agent in New York. Amy commuted to New York, accompanied by her mother, and auditioned for commercials, often doing her homework on the train. By the time she was 12...
“ Beautiful blonde actress who was a rising star in the late 80s and early 90s. Starring in such popular films as Cry-Baby, School Ties and really got noticed by the critics in Carried Away. She was an original cast member of Melrose Place. Was originally from New Jersey, returned there, met somebody and got married. Was arrested for a fatal DUI, spent time in jail. Still have some legal trouble. Career spanned 1985-2009. Retired at age 38 ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful actress, best known for playing Dori Doreau in the TV show "Sledgehammer" and also did some horror/slasher flicks. Went by the name Eddie Benton early in her career. Married Michael Crighton and retired to pursue her career as competitive show horse rider. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Anitra Ford
Sultry, slinky and slender brunette knockout Anitra Ford was born as Anitra Joy Weinstein in 1942 in California. Anitra began her career in the 60s as a model. She made her film debut in an uncredited small role as a model in "The Love Machine." Ford gave a funny and spirited performance as cheery and...
“ Very sexy brunette, did a few B exploitation movies. and had very minor roles in A films as well as TV shows. Career spanned 1966-1977 retired at age 35. Was one of the original "Price is Right" Model. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach was born Barbara Ann Goldbach on August 27, 1947 in Queens, New York City, to Howard and Marjorie Goldbach. She met her first husband Augusto Gregorini in New York while she worked as a model and he was visiting from Italy for business tourism in 1966. Barbara followed him to Italy to be with him and they married in 1968...
“ Very beautiful brunette actress, she was a model who became an actress, first in Italy where she starred in several Giallo films before she became a Bond Girl for "The Spy Who Loved Me." Married Ringo Starr and retired from acting in 1986 at the age of 39. Career spanned 1968-1986. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Beverley Owen
Actress, Another World
Beverley Owen was born Beverley Ogg in Ottumwa, Iowa, on Thursday, May 13th, 1937. In high school and college, she was always 1937. television, theatre, and radio programs. She then moved to New York to pursue an acting career after graduating from the University of Michigan. She was fired many a time for her lack of typing skills while working at CBS...
“ The original Marilyn Munster career spanned 1961-1964, Left showbiz to get married, retired at age 28 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Brenda Joyce
Best remembered as the second talking-era "Jane" (following Maureen O'Sullivan) of the durable Tarzan jungle film series and the only one in the sound era to play the role opposite two different Tarzan's (Johnny Weissmuller and Lex Barker, lovely Brenda was born Betty Leabo in Missouri, raised in Los Angeles...
“ She impressed me with her performance in her debut in "The Rains Came". She was a rising star with 20th Century Fox. Until studio politics relegated her to B movies. She played Jane in four Tarzan movies in the late '40s. Then she walked away from acting. Career spanned 1939-1949. Retired at age 31. Died in 2009 at age 92 ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful black actress, did a lot of Blaxploitation, most popular movie was "Mandingo" career spanned 1968-1978. Retired at age 29 after marrying Gil Scott-Heron. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Brianne Leary
Actress, CHiPs
Brianne Banigan Leary was born on July 28, 1957 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. She is an American actress and inventor. She co-hosted the Disney Channel's second season of Walt Disney World Inside Out, with George Foreman and J.D. Roth. She also hosted Animal Planet's Petsburgh USA. She was a gymnastics champion in high school at Canyon Del Oro in Tucson...
“ CHiPS actress, career spanned 1977-1993, She has credit after 1993 but as host, became a news reporter after that. Ended her acting career at 34 y.o. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Bridget Fonda
Actress, Jackie Brown
Bridget Jane Fonda was born in Los Angeles, California, to Susan Brewer and actor Peter Fonda. She is the granddaughter of Henry Fonda and niece of Jane Fonda, both famous actors. Bridget made her film debut at age five as an extra in Easy Rider, but first became interested in acting after appearing in a high school production of "Harvey." At age 18...
“ Pretty Blonde third generation member of the Fonda acting dynasty. career spanned 1987-2002. Retired at the age of 38. Her earliest credit was in 1969 when she was an extra in her dad's film. But her career really began in 1987 with "Aria". ” - LeroyBrown-2
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Actress, Billy Madison
Bridgette Wilson was born in Gold Beach, Oregon, on September 25, 1973. The brown-eyed actress grew up there with her parents, Kathy and Dale Wilson, and sister, Tracy Wilson. Her first taste of fame came in 1990 when she won Miss Teen USA. The next year she was in Los Angeles taking acting classes...
“ Tall, slender and beautiful blonde, in the mold of Uma Thurman and Cameron Diaz, a former model who seems to be on her way when she married Tennis great Pete Sampras. Career spanned 1992-2008. Retired at age 35. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Brigitte Bardot
Actress, Contempt
Brigitte Bardot was born on September 28, 1934 in Paris, France. Her father had an engineering degree and worked with his father in the family business. Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15, Brigitte was trying a modeling career...
“ Legendary French "sex kitten". Became an international sensation in "....And God Created Woman". Never went to Hollywood and good for her they could never figure out what to do with sexy women. Nevertheless she remained an international sensation throughout her career. Career ran 1952-1973, Retired at age 39 and became an animal rights advocate. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Candice Rialson
Lovely, radiant, enticing and charismatic blonde Candice Rialson was perhaps the most dynamic and personable actress to appear in enjoyably trashy drive-in pictures throughout the 70s. After making her film debut in an uncredited bit as a bikini-clad beauty on the beach in The Gay Deceivers, the pert 'n' perky Candice enlivened a bunch of choice down 'n' dirty exploitation features: she was a naive...
“ Sexy blonde who was a B movie favorite, Had minor role in mainstream movies. career spanned 1969-1979 retired at age of 28, Died in 2006. She could have made a comeback in the late 80s doing direct to video erotic thrillers, but didn't. She was a drive-in favorite who was not averse to nudity. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Pretty blonde who played Lucille Ball's daughter in "The Lucy Show", was maried to Paul Gleason (the Teacher in The Beakfast club) career spanned 1960-1981, was 34 when she exited show biz. Apparently became a journalist and a writer. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Cathy Silvers
Actress, Happy Days
Cathy Silvers (born May 27, 1961) is an American actress and author, and the daughter of legendary actor/comedian Phil Silvers. She is best known for her role as boy-crazy teenager Jenny Piccolo in later seasons of the TV sitcom Happy Days. Cathy is the author of Happy Days Healthy Living, Random House and owner of Healthy Living Organic Food business.
“ The daughter of the legendary comic Phil Silvers, best known as Jenny Piccalo in "Happy Days". Career spanned 1980-1996.Retired at age 35. Runs a health food company and has authored health food recipes. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Pretty, blonde actress got notice for her performance in "L.A. Law", particularly because she was part of one of the first interracial couple in prime time TV. She also appeared in Kevin Costner's "Tombstone". Career spanned 1991-2001. Retired from the biz at age 39. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Cheryl Smith
Actress, Laserblast
Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith is an actress quite familiar to genre film fans. With leads in "B" pictures and meaty smaller parts in more major ones, her career showed great promise in the 1970s. Alas, it was not meant to be . . . the lure of hard drugs was to bring tragedy to the lovely and talented "Rainbeaux" (a nickname given her for being a mainstay at L.A.'s Rainbow Club...
“ With a face from a renaissance painting and the lithe body of a ballerina it's easy to see why Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith, had so many male fan. She was a B movie favorite including the infamous "Swinging Cheerleader", She also appeared in A films including "Farewell My Lovely" and "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. Career spanned 1971-1983, retired at age 28. Died in 2002 at age 47. The lure of hard drugs cost her her career, and may have contributed to her untimely death. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful blonde Austro-German actress was Miss Austria 1962. Did mostly B movies and a few guest starring roles in American TV shows. Career spanned 1964-1982, retired at age 39 ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Lovely brunette actress, first got notice for the memorable TV movie "Sunshine". Went on to appear in Robert Altman's Nashville and in Ridley Scott's "The Duelist. Sadly she never broke out and became a big star. And end up doing episodic TV as well as the Mini Series Centennial and TV show "Flamingo Road". Career spanned 1973-1991 retired at age 39, became a Nurse. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful blonde French actress appeared in a mere three Hollywood films, most notably "A Certain Smile", but appeared in 21 films in her native France. Career spanned 1951-1966, retired at age 36 after marrying French actor Philippe Nicaud died in 2008 at age 78 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Clara Bow
Actress, Wings
Clara Gordon Bow, destined to become THE flapper of the 1920's, was born on July 29, 1905 and raised in poverty and violence in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother tried to slit Clara's throat when she attempted to enter the film industry. She won a photo beauty contest which launched her movie career that would eventually number 58 films, from 1922 to 1933...
“ The original "It" girl, a silent era sensation but never made headways in the sound era, active 1922-1933, retired at age 28. Died in 1965. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Cleo Moore
Cleo Moore was born Cleouna Moore on October 31, 1924 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her parents were deeply involved in Democratic politics. Politics, in Louisiana, was an all consuming passion with a lot of families in the 1920s and 1930s. Cleo began her trek to stardom when she participated in school plays in high school...
“ Very beautiful B movie blonde bombshell specialized in playing Bad Girls, career lasted a brief 9 years 1948-1957. Retired at the age of 33. Died in 1973. Never really got the big break she deserved. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ AKA Connie Newton, played the youngest daughter in "Eight is enough." Career spanned 1977-1995, ended at age 36. She was a trained ballerina before she became an actress, currently teaches ballet. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful blonde actress and dancer, singer also. Best known as John Travolta's friend in "Stayin' Alive", and the pregnant girl in "Dirty Dancing", career spanned 1982-1991 was over when she was 35, after she married that hairy loser Richard Marx. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Danielle von Zerneck
Producer, Recovery Road
Danielle von Zerneck produces for both film and television teaming up with studios, companies and producers to develop projects that along with being both commercial and accessible have the ability to touch and provoke an audience. Current film projects include: In partnership with The Jim Henson Company...
“ Pretty blonde actress best known for playing Richie Valens' girlfriend in La Bamba. Career lasted 1976-2001. Ended at age 36. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Debra Paget
An acting career was always in the cards for Debra Paget (nee Debralee Griffin) and her siblings, coming from a show biz family and being the offspring of a "stage mother" anxious to get her kids into the movies. Paget's sister Teala Loring got her movie breaks in the 1940s, Lisa Gaye was a film and TV star in the 50s and 60s...
“ Beautiful brunette actress, was a contract player for FOX, played Indians and Mexicans, even costarred opposite Elvis Presley. Career spanned 1948-1965 retired at age 32, after marrying an oil executive. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Best known as Rosalee "hotsy" Totsy, from "Welcome, Back Kotter" Although never really star material, I always found her enjoyable to watch. career spanned 1971-1989. Retired at the age of 36 and became an agent. Her boyfriend died in the 9/11 attack. She herself died in 2005 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Deanna Durbin
Deanna Durbin was born Edna Mae Durbin on December 4, 1921, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her British-born parents moved to California while she was still young, and her singing voice soon had talent scouts knocking at her door. She signed a contract with MGM in 1936, at the age of 14, which resulted in her appearance in Every Sunday...
“ Singing sensation from the 1940's career spanned 1936 to 1948. Was the biggest star of the decade, retired at the age of 27. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Started as a Child actor in "Fish" a spinoff of "Barney Miller". Garner more attention in the made for TV teen romance "Sooner or Later" and gained even more as Archie Bunker's niece on "Archie Bunker's Place". Then did TV guest spots and TV movies, career spanned 1976-2003, retired at age 39. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful actress best known for playing Droxine in the "Star Trek" episode "The Cloud Minders". Did a lot of episodic TV and a handful of movies including "The Way We Were". Career spanned between 1968-1977 a mere 9 years. Left the biz at the age of 31 ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Twice Elvis costar, became a nun, career spanned 1947-1963, retired at age of 25 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Donna Dixon
Actress, Wayne's World
Donna was raised in Lorton, Virginia, where her father owned the local nightclub, "Hillbilly Heaven". She was working as a model and attending college when she landed her first regular role on TV's Bosom Buddies. While filming Doctor Detroit, she met and married co-star Dan Aykroyd. She has since fluctuated between TV and film work, frequently appearing with her husband.
“ Gorgeous Blonde actress best known for playing Sonny in "Bossom Buddies". Married Dan Ackroyd whom she met while making Doctor Detroit. She could have been one of the direct to video erotic thriller stars of the late '80s she's that hot. But I guess marriage to Ackroyd spare her that fate, unfortunately for her male fans. Career spanned 1980-1997, retired[?] at age 40. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Dorothy Provine
Flashy, leggy, bouffant blonde Dorothy Provine was a solid screen representation of the Kennedyesque era when life seemed so full of fun, so innocent and so optimistic. This sparkling beauty also gave TV audiences a double dose blast to the past via her popular co-starring roles on late 50s/early 60s series TV...
“ Attractive slim blonde, best known for "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World". Career spanned 1957- 1976. Ended when she was 40 after she married director Robert Day. Died in 2010. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful blonde British born actress very memorable in 'Brat Farrar' never came across the pond. Active between 1984-1993. Was done by age 27 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Ella Raines
Ella Raines was born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, in 1920. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Washington as a drama student and participated in many plays. Following graduation, she traveled to New York and the lights of Broadway. She was eventually signed by Howard Hawks and played in Corvette K-225 as the love interest of Randolph Scott...
“ Stunning brunette actress whose career spanned 1943-1956, she retired at about 36 y.o., although she had one more credit in 1986 for "Matt Houston' ” - LeroyBrown-2
Elizabeth Hartman
Elizabeth Hartman was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She was the middle of three children. She soon appeared in a play, "A Clearing in the Woods", in high school and, at that point, she knew she wanted to be an actress. After high school graduation, she was accepted at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh...
“ Made quite an impact with her debut performance in "A Patch of Blue" and went on to make other notable movies such as "The Group" and "The Beguiled" despite all that she never became a big star. She moved to the small screen, her last onscreen performance was in 1981's low budget horror movie "Full Moon High", her last credit was 1982's "Secret of NIMH". Career spanned 1965- 1982, retired at age 39. Sadly she committed suicide in 1987 at the age of 43 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Ewa Aulin
When Gunnar Fischer made a short in 1965 he needed a young girl, and he chose a young neighbor of his, Ewa Aulin. After winning a beauty contest she quickly got an Italian film contract which led to a string of quickly forgotten films. She got good reviews for Candy but at the age of 23, she felt that movies wasn't anything for her...
“ Beautiful Swedish blonde, who starred in the '60s satire "Candy" playing the titular character co starring such luminaries as Richard Burton and Marlon Brando. Her career spanned 1965-1973. She retired at age 23 and became a teacher. Nominated for a Golden Globe as most promising newcomer for "Candy" ” - LeroyBrown-2
Farrah Forke
Actress, Heat
“ Best known as Alex on "Wings", she got ill because her silicone implant leaked. She appeared to be making headway in Hollywood, but somewhere along the line, she chose family over career. Career spanned 1991-2005, done by age 38. By the way she was named after family friend Farrah Fawcett. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ One of the "Baywatch" babes, known mostly for playing Neely on Baywatch. Also starred on a reboot of "Sheena", as in "Sheena, Queen of the jungle". Career spanned 1998-2003. retired at age 31. Just a beauty contest winner (Miss Las Vegas), who thought she could make it in Hollywood just based on her looks. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Warner Bother's answer to Deanna Durbin career spanned 1942 to 1947 retired at age 21. A personal favorite of my mother. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Grace Kelly
Actress, Rear Window
Grace Patricia Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to wealthy parents. She was the daughter of Margaret Katherine (Majer), a physical education instructor, and John Brendan Kelly, Sr., a three-time Olympic Gold winner for rowing. Her uncle was playwright George Kelly...
“ Beautiful patrician Blonde, from a wealthy Philadelphia family, left Hollywood to become Princess of Monaco, career spanned 1950-1956, career was over by age 27. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Greta Garbo
Actress, Ninotchka
Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Anna Lovisa (Johansdotter), who worked at a jam factory, and Karl Alfred Gustafsson, a laborer. She was fourteen when her father died, which left the family destitute. Greta was forced to leave school and go to work in a department store...
“ A true Hollywood great, first became a sensation during the silent era. Was successful in the sound era as well. She left Hollywood cryptically saying "I want to be left alone". Career spanned 1920-1941. Was 36 when she retired. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful Swedish born blonde. Started out as a back up singer for Nat King Cole and became his mistress. Then played "Billie Joe Bradley" for one season on Petticoat Junction. Did some episodic TV and the went on to star on "Hee Haw". Career spanned 1965-1981 retired at age 37 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Jan Smithers
One of four girls, Smithers was raised in the comfortable San Fernando Valley suburb of Woodland Hills just north of Los Angeles, CA. Her father was an attorney. While studying art at Taft High School, Smithers swerved her automobile to avoid hitting another driver and ran into a telephone pole. The accident left a permanent scar on her chin...
“ Very pretty actress best known as Bailey from "WKRP in Cincinnati", Made the cover of Newsweek as the epitome of the carefree Teen, which started her modeling career. Her acting career started in 1973 and ended in 1987, she was married to James Brolin between 1984-1995. Ended her acting career at age 38. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Very pretty blonde actress, first got exposure in the "Donna Reed Show" was very memorable co starring in "The Swimmer". Career spanned 1963-1974. Retired at age 27. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Janit Baldwin
Janit Baldwin had a fleeting, but still memorable and impressive ten year career as an actress. Born in 1955 and raised by her actress mother Dona Baldwin in Kansas City, the diminutive blue-eyed and auburn-haired Janit made her film debut at age 17 in Michael Ritchie's "Prime Cut" (1972). Among her...
“ With her soulful blue eyes and auburn hair, I always thought she looked like a teenage/young adult Little Orphan Annie. Best known for her role in 'Prime Cut" Her career lasted a brief 11 years between 1972-1983. Retired at age 30, has become a successful fashion designer. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Jean Rogers
Actress, Flash Gordon
Massachusetts-born Jean Rogers had hoped to study art in New York and Europe upon graduation from high school, but her plans changed when she won a national beauty contest in 1933 and was offered a contract by a Hollywood producer. She was soon signed by Warner Bros., and a year later jumped ship to Universal...
“ Lovely blonde actress who starred as Dale Arden in two "Flash Gordon" serial. Then went on to star in numerous low budget and B movies. Career began in 1933 and lasted to 1950. Done by the age 34. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Jennifer Billingsley
Pretty, appealing and energetic blonde actress Jennifer Billingsley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jennifer was an army brat who grew up all over the world. She graduated with honors from Fort Smith Senior High School in Arkansas. Billingsley's initial claim to fame was her striking resemblance to Brigitte Bardot...
“ Beautiful blonde actress, very memorable in "Lady in a Cage" career spanned 1964-1979. I think that the double whammy of an Actor's strike (1979) and then a writer's strike (1980) cause her to consider leaving the business. Ended her career at 37 y.o. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful blonde actress, best known for her roles in "Friday the 13th Part VI" and especially as the star child in "V", career spanned 1978 to 1986, retired at age 22, married the founder and Chairman of Celestial Seasonings Tea. Involved in Urantia Brotherhood/Fellowship, a kind of New Age 'God' is an extra terrestrial religion. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Played the First maid in 'Newhart' the second of Bob Newhart's great shows. Did a lot of television work. But never really broke out. Active 1979-1993 career ended at age 38 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Jill Novick
Actress, Sisters
“ Beautiful brunette actress best known for her roles in "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Sisters". Career spanned 1989-2000, ended at age 34. Currently a teacher, teaches theater. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Jo Morrow
Actress, 13 Ghosts
Born in Cuero, Texas, Jo Morrow was still a baby when her parents took her to San Diego, where her father worked in aircraft manufacture and her mother encouraged Jo's acting aspirations. Entering a "Be A Star" contest which Morrow feels started out as a sham, she actually won a 20th Century-Fox contract (film-debuting in Gary Cooper's Ten North Frederick)...
“ Beautiful blonde actress who won a contest to be a movie star and end up being under contract with 20th Century Fox, best known for Three Worlds of Gulliver and 13 Ghosts. Went into semi retirement after the birth of a deaf daughter in 1964 and full retirement in 1976 career spanned 1958-1976 retired at age 37 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Joan Prather
Actress, Rabbit Test
Slim, lovely and beguiling brunette Joan Prather was born on October 17, 1950, in Dallas, Texas. She was a varsity cheerleader at Highland Park High School in her native Dallas and first began acting in grade-school stage productions. Moreover, she was a regular on the teen dance show "Somethin' Else" during her high school years. She graduated from Highland Park High in 1968...
“ Pretty brunette actress best known as David's wife in "Eight is enough" series. Co starred with John Travolta in "The Devil's Rain" and introduced him to Scientology. Career spanned 1972-1989, retired at age 39. ” - LeroyBrown-2
JoAnna Cameron
Actress, Isis
“ Played Super heroine Isis in a Saturday morning kiddie show back in the '70s. Career spanned 1969-1980, ended when she was 29 y.o. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Pretty Blond actress, was guest in a lot of TV shows back in the 1980s playing the teenage girl, very memorable in "Shattered Innocence" playing a porn star based on Shauna Grant. Career spanned 1983-1990, ended at age 27. She became an artist ” - LeroyBrown-2
Joy Harmon
Born in Flushing, New York, the impressively endowed Patty Jo Harmon was discovered as a guest on You Bet Your Life by Groucho Marx and later was invited to work with him on Tell It to Groucho. The TV exposure parlayed into roles in such obscure films as Village of the Giants and more famous fare like Cool Hand Luke...
“ Beautiful blonde with a very voluptuous figure. She was just a struggling actress until discovered by Groucho Marx on his show "You Bet Your Life." It led to her being Groucho's assistant on his next show "Tell it to Groucho". Which led to bigger acting gigs, the most memorable was in "Cool Hand Luke" where she washed her car. Career spanned 1956-1973, retired at age 33. Owns a bakery that specializes in cakes. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Karen Kopins
Actress, Once Bitten
A stunning former actress and model whose career peaked in the mid-1980s, Karen Kopins Shaw was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut on October 10, 1961. After graduating from Marymount College, she moved to California to pursue an acting career. Between 1983 and 1984, Kopins landed guest spots on the TV shows The Fall Guy...
“ Beautiful brunette actress best known for "Once Bitten" and "Dallas" as well as "Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again". Career spanned 1983-1994, ended when she was 36 y.o. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful blonde actress did a lot of episodic television and a few movies. Widow of actor Michael Stroka, career spanned 1964-1979. Retired at age 35. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Karen Sharpe
Svelte and stunning Texas-born Karen Sharpe was put into ballet shoes as a youngster. Her initial excursion to California was, at age 12, with the interest of becoming a professional ice skater, but the lure of being a movie star intervened. Her training as a teenager in the theater paid off and, in 1952...
“ Beautiful actress appeared in "The High and The Mighty" with John Wayne, and would be under contract with his production company in the mid 50s. In the late 50s and early '60s she would vaccilate between episodic TV and Movies. Married director Stanley Kramer in 1965. Retired in 1967. Career spanned 1952-1967. Retired at age 33. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Unique dark haired beauty, was in a lot of TV and movie productions in the '70s and '80s, gained fame for playing Kirby on "Dynasty". Married to musician Thomas Dolby since 1988. Active 1971-1994. Retired at age 38. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Kathleen Cody
Kathleen Cody, often credited as Kathy Cody in her childhood years, is an American actress born October, 30, 1954. Best known for her roles as Hallie Stokes and Carrie Stokes on the original 1966-1971 cult classic TV series "Dark Shadows". Kathleen started performing at the tender age of 6 months old...
“ Very pretty bonde actress, I first saw her as Keith's girlfriend on the "Partridge Family" and I was smitten. Started her career when she was 9 y.o. it spanned 1963-1976, She has credit in 1987 don't know if it counts though. Was in the last season of "Dark Shadow". retired when she was 22 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Katie Saylor
Katie Saylor, a Connecticut native adopted as a baby by women's clothing designer Larry Aldrich. Her adoptive father also became the founder of the innovative Aldrich Museum for Contemporary Art. Katie made her entrance into the performing arts studying with the American Theater Wing, Academy of Dramatic Arts...
“ Very pretty blonde actress, started out in B movie sexploitation films, "Invasion of the Bee Girls" and "Swinging Barmaid". She would move on to the prime time TV show, "The Fantastic Journey", She fell ill just before the show was cancelled, retired soon after. There are questions on whether she's still alive. Career spanned 1973-1977, retired at age 26 ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Elegant and slender blonde costarred in "One Crazy Summer" but found more fame appearing in "Dallas" unfortunately her move to daytime TV was not succesful. Her career spanned 1983-1995. Her career was over at the age of 34. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Pretty redhead actress, starred on "Head of The Class" as Simone, career started in 1985 appearing in the controversial TV movie "Crime of Innocence" co starring Andy Griffith, her last appearance was in 2009 at the age of 40. There was a story that she was an investor in an internet company and made over $100 mil when it went public. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Kristy McNichol
Actress, Empty Nest
Actor Kristy McNichol is best known for her role as "Buddy" in the Spelling/Goldberg hit TV series "Family", where she won 2 Emmy awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe. McNichol began her career with guest appearances on such popular TV series as Starsky and Hutch, The Bionic Woman, Love American Style and The Love Boat...
“ Incredibly popular actress of the late '70s thru the early '80s, best known for playing Buddy Lawrence in "Family". Never made the transition from TV to features (not for lack of trying) she was a made-for-TV-movie darling. Active years were 1973-1998. Left the biz at age 36. Currently teaches acting. She would have made a great sitcom mom, it doesn't matter that she's a lesbian. It's not too late Hollywood! ” - LeroyBrown-2
Lani O'Grady
Although Lani O'Grady retired from acting in the '80s to become a talent agent like her mother, she had long secured her place in the TV Land pantheon as Mary, the brainiac wannabe doctor in Eight Is Enough's expansive Bradford brood. The dramedy, starring Dick Van Patten as a newspaper columnist and superdad...
“ Best known as the brainy sister Mary in "Eight is Enough". Was active between 1969-1989. retired at age 35, To become a Talent agent like her mother. Her brother was My Three Sons actor Don Grady. Died in 2001 when she was 46. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Laura Devon
Gorgeous, well-endowed singer/actress Laura Devon arrived in Tinseltown during the early 1960s, but gave notice less than a decade later and retired permanently after her second marriage. She made only five films. Laura was categorized as one of those beautiful bouffant blondes of film and TV who were usually cast as diverting set decoration -- the equally blonde lovelies Sharon Tate...
“ Beautiful blonde actress and singer. Started out as a singer, until spotted by a talent agent. Was brought to Hollywood where she was used mostly as eye candy. Career spanned 1960-1967, retired at age 36 after her second marriage to famed composer Maurice Jarre. Died in 2007 at age 76 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Laurette Spang
Laurette Spang was born in Buffalo, New York but raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She grew up as the middle child of a chemist father and housewife mother. She has an older brother, Richard and a younger sister, Marilyn. As a dramatic major in college, she made a college trip to New York where a chance encounter with a soap opera producer led to an audition the following summer (after graduation)...
“ Another BSG actress, Beautiful blonde with sprakling blue eyes, career spanned 1973-1984, ended it at age 33 after marrying soap actor John McCook. She did a detergent commercial in the late '80s or early '90s, I thought she was getting ready for a comeback. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Leigh Snowden
The Tennessee-born Snowden (real name: Martha Lee Estes) was a movie actress and model who first made a splash on the Jack Benny TV show, sashaying across the stage at the San Diego Naval base. Twenty thousand sailors gave the curvy sweater-clad starlet a standing ovation that made headlines in "Variety"...
“ Beautiful leggy blonde, first got noticed in The Jack Benny Show then starred in a lot of B movies most famously in The Creature Walks Among Us also appeared in All that Heaven Allows fell out of favor with the studio when she married accordionist Dick Contino. Career began in 1954 and ended in 1962. Retired at age 33. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful actress fom the 40's, Was a brunette but change hair color to blonde in 1941. Was selected in 1946 by the International Mathematics Society as 'the girl with the most beautiful figure'. I thought she looked prettier than Rita Hayworth in 'Cover Girl'. Career spanned 1941 to 1948 retired at age 26. Although she has credit for 1971. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Linda Haynes
Pretty, spunky, and talented blonde Linda Haynes was born on November 4, 1947 in Florida. Haynes made her film debut as Dr. Anne Barton in the silly Japanse sci-fi monster flick Latitude Zero. Linda was excellent as brassy prostitute Meg in Jack Hill's terrifically trashy blaxploitation cult favorite Coffy and was likewise fine as small-time L.A...
“ Beautiful blonde actress who appeared in a lot of B movies in the '70s career spanned 1969-1980, apparently got tired of Hollywood and left the biz at age 33, moved to Florida and became a legal secretary. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Buxom attractive blonde, used mostly as eye candy in the 60's and '70s because of her attributes (Big bust). Most famous film was probably Westworld. Career spanned 1963-1983 ended at age 40. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Attractive actress did a lot of TV guest spots and a few B movies. Career spanned 1979-1990 left acting at age 34 ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Sexy Blonde made the rounds of TV shows in the 90s playing guess what? the sexy blonde. Was a cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins Career spanned 1985-2002. Retired at age 37 ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Pretty blonde actress, made quite an impression in a bikini in Jim Belushi's "Taking Care of Business", career spanned 1989-2004. Married producer Victor Drai. retired at age 35. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Lori Saunders
Striking brunette Lori Saunders managed to capitalize on her sunny, daisy-fresh beauty during CBS-TV's famous 1960s "rural age", an era in which the network churned out a connected trio of bucolic hit shows -- The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres and Petticoat Junction. As the studious, slightly ditzy middle daughter...
“ Very pretty brunette, played the middle sister from "Petticoat Junction", career spanned 1960-1980. She retired from acting at age 39. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Louise Brooks
Actress, Pandora's Box
A legendary actress of the silent film era. She epitomized the flapper age with her bobbed hairstyle, while blatantly flaunting the accepted sexual and societal roles of women at the time. She is best known for her starring roles in G.W. Pabst's "Pandora's Box" and "Diary of a Lost Girl," which were both filmed in Weimar Germany in 1929...
“ Beautiful silent movie star, with her bob hairstyle the embodiment of the 1920s flapper girl. Had more success in Europe than in the Hollywood. Did only a few Sound movies. Was active between 1925-1938. Retired at age 36 ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful dark haired actress, made her film debut in Urban Cowboy although she did not become an instant star, her career seems to be headed in the right direction. When she appeared in Funny Farm with Chevy Chase it seems she was going to really make it, but then she married former NHL player Mark Osborne and split time between L.A. and Canada, her career slowed down eventually ending. Active 1980-1994, retired at age 37. Supposedly she does Christian Radio now. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Maggie McNamara
Actress, The Cardinal
Maggie McNamara was born Marguerite McNamara in New York City. She was one of four children and her parents divorced when she was nine. Maggie wanted to be a fashion designer so she enrolled at New York's Textile high school. Her friends encouraged her to start modeling and she was signed by The John Powers agency...
“ In the era when ingénue roles were the big thing, this actress was thriving. Her reason for leaving acting is sketchy, one reason is that she hated the old studio system, but why didn't she just returned to the stage? The great director Otto Preminger said that he believed that Miss McNamara had emotional problems after her divorce and she just couldn't cope that's why she retired. Her career spanned 1949-1964 retired at age 35, committed suicide in 1978 at age 48 ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Cute blonde actress with the cutest short hairdo, first got noticed as Billy's, teacher/lover on "Soap", Then became the mom on "Small Wonder", also played Fonzie's girlfriend in a couple of "Happy Days" episode. career spanned 1974-1989. Retired in 1989 at age 35 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Maren Jensen
Maren Jensen was born in Glendale, California, USA on September 23, 1956. She attended Herbert Hoover High School from 1971 to 1974, and after graduating, received a scholarship to attend UCLA. The actress majored in theatre arts during her three years at UCLA. She appeared in several college productions...
“ Very beautiful brunette Actress and model, Battle Star Galactica star, career spanned 1977-1981, her career stalled because of the debilitating effect of Epstein-Barr syndrome and a tumultuous relationship with Don Henley of the Eagles. Whereabouts unknown. She was 25 when she quit the business, so many people thought that she was on her way to stardom. But she got ill. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful and sexy blonde, starred in the TV adaptation of Operation Petticoat among others. She was favored by producers and TV execs during the "jiggle TV" era. But she never had the breakout role. Career spanned 1975-1985. Ended when she was 30. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Very beautiful blonde best known as Dale Arden, in the Flash Gordon (1980) movie, also costarred in a Chuck Norris movie. She was exactly 40 when she retired, she became a drug counselor. Career spanned 1977-1995 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Melody Patterson
Actress, F Troop
Melody Patterson was born on April 16, 1949 in Inglewood, California. She started performing at the age of four, appearing in "Mrs. McThing" at the Downey Community Theatre in Downey, California. She attended the Hollywood Professional School and later studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City...
“ Beautiful blonde played Wrangler Jane in F Troop Was married to James McArthur of the original Hawaii 5-0. Career spanned 1960-1989, retired from acting at age of 40 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Merry Anders
Merry Anders practically grew up in local bijous watching films and their accompanying stage shows with her movie-crazy mother and grandmother. The family relocated to Los Angeles in 1949 and, while attending John Burroughs Junior High School, Anders made the acquaintance of Rita La Roy, an old-time film actress who convinced her to take a modeling course...
“ Beautiful blonde actress did mostly episodic TV and B movies for producers affiliated with FOX. Career spanned 1951-1971. Retired at age 37. Worked 25 years for Litton Data services after retiring from acting. Died 2012 at age 78 ” - LeroyBrown-2
Michelle Johnson
Michelle Johnson was born in Anchorage, Alaska, USA on September 9, 1965, her family eventually moved to Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Alhambra High School one semester early in January 1984. At the age of 17, only two months out of high school in Phoenix, Arizona, Michelle was signed up by director Stanley Donen for a supporting actress role with Michael Caine in the movie comedy...
“ Made quite an impression in her film debut as a teen trying to seduce Michael Caine in Blame it on Rio. She outshone (outshined?) an equally fresh Demi Moore, then became a regular in The Love Boat briefly. She was an "It" girl for a while, she appeared in a lot of things but mostly mediocre films. Her acting was also mediocre and never improved, which is why she never moved on to bigger and better things. Career spanned 1984 to 2004, retired at age 39 ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ One of the sexiest women of the seventies, was one of the Hee Haw honeys. Played Marilyn Monroe in the worst biopic ever, Good Bye Norma Jean. Posed for Playboy in 1976. Career was active between 1973 and 1991 ended at age 39. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Cute blonde actress starred early in her career in The New Temperatures rising Show, was a friend of Jacklyn Smith and end up doing a few episode of Charlie's Angel. Career began in 1972 and end in 1989 at age 35. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Nina Arvesen
Actress, Dragnet
Born on May 16, 1961 in White Plains, New York, USA to a Norwegian career diplomat and his former actress wife, Arvesen grew up all over the world as a result of her father's international postings. Before she made the decision to move back to the states in 1986 she had her own talk show in Norway for three years and had worked as an actress in Egypt...
“ Incredibly beautiful blonde actress, with incredible chiseled cheekbones. Best known for her starring roles in soap Operas. Career spanned 1987-1993. Retired from acting at age 32. Conflicting stories on what happened to her, I once saw a webpage that said she married a Norwegian diplomat and move to Norway where she became a record and TV producer. Also there's a story where she witnessed a car accident from the dance studio she manages in Santa Monica. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Pamela Franklin
British actress Pamela Franklin has worked with many notable actors and directors throughout her career. A somewhat underrated actress, she had a wide range of emotions that she brought to her many versatile characters. Franklin was born in Yokohama, Japan, and her father was an importer/exporter. She...
“ Started as a precocious child actor in U.K. based films. Culminating in a memorable performance in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Never had much success as an adult, End up doing Horror movies and guest starring roles in U.S. TV show. Career spanned 1961-1981 retired at the age of 31. I thought she was very charming and very talented, and she was one of those performers that Hollywood overlooked. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Pamela Hensley
Actress, Matt Houston
Pamela Gail Hensley was born on October 3, 1950 in Glendale, California, and is one of those rare screen stars who grew up in the heart of Los Angeles. Her father still maintains a thriving veterinary practice on Coldwater Canyon, where his patients include Pamela's Persian cats, "Hot Tin" and "Roof"...
“ Pretty Brunette, gained a lot of attention in the 70s, people were expecting her to be the next big thing, Pam became famous for Buck Rogers, and then Matt Houston, then she was through. Career spanned 1970-1985, She retired at the age of 35, after she married TV producer E. Duke Vincent. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Pamela Tiffin
Born in Oklahoma City in October 1942, gorgeous Pamela Tiffin grew up in Chicago, where she began a modeling career while in her early teens. She moved to New York to model and attend college, but she became so successful in her modeling career that college soon took a back seat. On a trip to California...
“ Beautiful brunette was considered one of the "It" girls of the '60s. Career spanned 1960 to 1974. She moved to Italy in the '70s to make movies, retired at age 32. Although she has one credit in 1986 it appears her career effectively ended in 1974. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Pat Priest
Actress, The Munsters
This sweet, wholesome, porcelain-skinned beauty was your typical bouffant blonde of the early-to-mid 1960s. She was picture perfect, whether romping along the coast of Malibu Beach in a bikini or peering over a white picket fence as the girl-next-door. Pat Priest was born Patricia Ann Priest on August 15...
“ The prettier Marilyn Munster career spanned 1963-1976, retired at age of 40, fatal age for actresses back then. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Peggie Castle
Actress, Lawman
Tall, sultry, green-eyed blonde Peggie Castle was actually spotted by a talent scout while she was lunching in a Beverly Hills restaurant. In her films she was usually somebody's "woman" rather than a girlfriend, and her career was confined to mostly "B"-grade action pictures, dramas or westerns: Harem Girl...
“ Beautiful blonde actress appeared in a lot of mostly "B" movies during the 50s playing bad women. By the late 50s she was doing a lot more episodic TV. Career spanned 1947-1966. retired at age 39 died in 1973. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Beautiful blonde British born actress was sensational in Gun Crazy. Career spanned 1940-1964, retired from acting at age 39. ” - LeroyBrown-2
Phoebe Cates
Phoebe Belle Cates was born on July 16, 1963 in New York City, New York, and raised there. She is the daughter of Lily and Joseph Cates, who was a Broadway producer and television pioneer. Her uncle was director/producer Gilbert Cates. Phoebe is of Russian Jewish, and one quarter Chinese, descent...
“ Pretty brunette of multi race heritage. Best known for Fast Times at Ridgemont High Married to Kevin Kline. Career spanned 1982-2001 retired at age 39. Owns and operates a boutique in New York. ” - LeroyBrown-2
“ Pretty actress whose movie debut was "In The Heat of The Night", she played the pregnant girl. Appeared in a couple of other memorable movies "Will Penny" and "The Young Runaways". Career lasted a brief 2 years 1967-1969. Died in 2003 at age 58. ” - LeroyBrown-2