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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 21 June 1940Weston, Connecticut, USA
Birth NameMary Loretta Hartley
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mariette Hartley was born Mary Loretta, a name she dislikes, in Weston, Connecticut. She was raised in accordance with the principles espoused by her behavioral psychologist grandfather, John B. Watson, who believed that children should never be held or cuddled. She says that the lack of warmth at home is what drove her to the theatre. She studied with John Houseman at the Repertory Stratford and with Eva Le Gallienne at Lucille Lortel's White Barn Theatre. It took her six years to get her first movie, Ride the High Country (1962) with Joel McCrea. She then made a series of TV appearances and sitcoms. Ultimately, she appeared with co-host Bill Beutel on "A.M. America", the predecessor to ABC's Good Morning America (1975). She is most known, however, for her series of Polaroid commercials with James Garner. Mariette's father committed suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot in 1962. Her family kept it a secret for 25 years, but she eventually revealed the incident. This brought her considerable acclaim for speaking out about her devastation. She co-founded a suicide prevention foundation based on her own past situation. She continues to work in the theatre and, in 2000, was hosting the syndicated Wild About Animals (1995). Her children, Justine E. Boyriven (b. 1978) is an actress and singer, and Sean Boyriven (b. 1975) is a film-school graduate.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Sacksteder <jsack@ka.net>

Spouse (3)

Jerry Sroka (2005 - present)
Patrick Boyriven (13 August 1978 - 1996) (divorced) (2 children)
John Seventa (1960 - 1962) (divorced)

Trivia (16)

Educated at Carnegie Tech
Mariette was not allowed to show her belly button in Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek (1966) episode, Star Trek: All Our Yesterdays (1969), due to censors. But Gene got even: he had Mariette show TWO belly buttons in Genesis II (1973).
Is the grand niece of FDR's famous Secretary of the Interior, Harold L. Ickes.
Won an Emmy Award for her role in the memorable 1978 TV movie The Incredible Hulk: Married (1978) which co-starred the late Bill Bixby. Hartley and Bixby worked together on the pilot episode for Diagnosis Murder (1993) and the television series Goodnight, Beantown (1983).
She is the granddaughter of trailblazing psychologist John Broadus Watson.
In 2006, she performed her one-woman show "If You Get to Bethlehem, You've Gone Too Far," which is based on her 1990 best-selling biography "Breaking the Silence." Mariette enacts eleven characters from her memories as a child living in a home beset by acute depression and alcoholism.
Her celebrity was increased significantly due to a notable, much praised, and much parodied very large series of TV commercials and print ads for Polaroid cameras and film, with James Garner, running from 1977 to 1984. She and Garner were so naturally convincing as husband and wife that Mariette had a variety of t-shirts made, proclaiming, "I am not James Garner's wife!" or "I am not Jim Rockford's wife!" or "I am not James Garner's son!" (worn by her teenage son at that time). More than 300 commercials were produced.
She was a founder and long time national spokesperson for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which she continues to be involved with as an honorary member of the board of directors (through 2013), and works assertively with many organizations that deal with mental illness. Her father, uncle, and cousin all committed suicide.
Former actress-turned-nun Dolores Hart is Mariette's spiritual advisor, and by happenstance gave Mariette the inspired title of her one-woman show, "If You Get to Bethlehem, You've Gone Too Far." It seems those are the driving directions Sister Dolores gives when describing how to get to her convent in Woodbury, Connecticut.
(2001-2006) Was spokesperson (with her son) for the See Clearly Method (a VHS/DVD tutorial by Vision Improvement Technologies purported to naturally correct impaired vision through an eye exercise program, for which sales were ultimately halted by a court, finding that it had been marketed dishonestly).
Was the head of her high school drama department.
Received an honorary degree from Rider College (now Rider University) in 1993.
Starred in three different television productions with the late Bill Bixby, The Incredible Hulk (1978) (for which she won an Emmy Award), _Diagnosis Murder (1992 TV Movie)_, and the short lived television series Goodnight, Beantown (1983).
Has publicly discussed her personal struggles with bipolar disorder.
Cousin of Bill Clinton adviser and White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Harold Ickes.
In her teens, she was coached and mentored by legendary acting teacher (and later Oscar nominee) Eva Le Gallienne.

Personal Quotes (6)

I believe in the expression, "Many of us get to heaven by backing away from hell".
I have learned that one's deepest wounds, integrated, become one's greatest power. Helping other survivors [of suicide] is my mission.
I know I am associated with television and I can't seem to break that. It seems to be my lot. You could do worse. I could be not working at all!
[on acting in the Polaroid TV commercials] I absolutely wasn't going to do them. I said I was tired of doing scale commercials. I had done 75 commercials by then and I had nine wardrobe changes in my car -- the Ali MacGraw look, the Candice Bergen look, the housewife look, the person who feeds the dogs dog food look, the shopper look. I was ready to change at a drop of a hat.
I wasn't even going to do commercials. I thought they were demeaning. I used to sit in front of the TV set with my little glass of whatever and say, "That poor sucker, look at what he's doing." He was making a living, that's what he's doing. I finally broke down and said to myself, "Hartley, you have a thousand bucks in the bank; you better get your tush out there and see if there's any commercial interest in you."
Well, thank God I have this face and it's a believable face and that also seems to be my acting style. My karma doesn't seem to be a big screen karma; it's definitely a little screen karma.

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