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Deborah Walley (1941–2001)


Actress, author, producer, and Photoplay's "Most Popular Actress of 1961," the daughter of Ice Capades skating stars and choreographers Nathan and Edith Walley. She was skating with her parents at age three, but resisted her father's urging to continue, opting to study acting at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her stage debut was at 14, in a... See full bio »

Died:

(age 59) in Sedona, Arizona, USA

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Known For

The Mothers-In-Law
The Mothers-In-Law Suzie Hubbard Buell
(1967-1969)
Benji
Benji Linda
(1974)
Beach Blanket Bingo
Beach Blanket Bingo Bonnie Graham
(1965)
Summer Magic
Summer Magic Julia Carey
(1963)

Filmography

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 1999 Baywatch (TV Series)
Ethel
- Baywatch Grand Prix (1999) ... Ethel
 1989-1990 Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers (TV Series)
Foxglove / Buffy Ratskiwatski / Lawhinie
- Good Times, Bat Times (1990) ... Foxglove (voice)
- Out of Scale (1990) ... Buffy Ratskiwatski (voice)
- Gadget Goes Hawaiian (1989) ... Lawhinie (voice)
- When Mice Were Men (1989) ... (voice)
 1986 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Gigi Dolores
- The Last Big Break (1986) ... Gigi Dolores
 1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
Gina Bartelli
- Mystery on the Avalanche Express (1978) ... Gina Bartelli
 1974 Benji
Linda
 1973 The Severed Arm
Teddy Rogers
 1971-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Nina (segment "Love and the Anxious Mama") / Helen (segment "Love and the Guilty Conscience")
- Love and the Anxious Mama/Love and the Boomerang/Love and the Private Eye (1972) ... Nina (segment "Love and the Anxious Mama")
 1971 Drag Racer
Chris
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Corey Ann Skeet
- With Love, Bullets and Valentines (1970) ... Corey Ann Skeet
 1967-1969 The Mothers-In-Law (TV Series)
Suzie Hubbard Buell
- The Not-So-Grand Opera (1969) ... Suzie Hubbard Buell
- The Charge of the Wife Brigade (1969) ... Suzie Hubbard Buell
- Show Business Is No Business (1969) ... Suzie Hubbard Buell
- Take Her, He's Mine (1969) ... Suzie Hubbard Buell
- Two on the Aisle (1969) ... Suzie Hubbard Buell
 1967 Off to See the Wizard (TV Series)
Elizabeth
- Rhino (1967) ... Elizabeth
 1967 It's a Bikini World
Delilah Dawes
 1966 The Bubble
Catherine
 1966 Spinout
Les
 1966 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series)
Tina Tracy
- Lies, Lies, Lies (1966) ... Tina Tracy
 1965 Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
Craig's Cafeteria Date
 1965 Sergeant Dead Head
Airman Lucy Turner
 1964 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Nancy Styles
- The Nancy Styles Story (1964) ... Nancy Styles
 1964 The Young Lovers
Debbie
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Anne
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Gwenny Trent
- Who Killed Andy Zygmunt? (1964) ... Gwenny Trent
 1963 Summer Magic
Julia Carey
 1962 Bon Voyage!
Amy Willard
 1960 Route 66 (TV Series)
Helen Paige
- Ten Drops of Water (1960) ... Helen Paige
 1960 Naked City (TV Series)
Heather Weston
- To Walk in Silence (1960) ... Heather Weston
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Childrens book: "Grandfather's Good Medicine". See more »

Alternate Names:

Debbie Walley

Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

When I was discovered, I was doing [Anton Chekhov]. I was in "The Three Sisters" off-Broadway, and I went from "Three Sisters" to Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961). I rode on a Sixth Avenue bus from one end of Manhattan to another, crying my eyes out. "Gidget" was so huge, I guess I knew on that bus that day that part of my dream of being a serious actress was kind of destroyed. See more »

Trivia:

Her interest in Native American heritage occurred early in life. Her stepfather was part Native American. Later she was married to a Cherokee who is the father of her second son. See more »

Trademark:

Best known for her movie role as Gidget

Star Sign:

Leo

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