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Overview (1)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Beverly Washburn was born on November 25, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress, known for Old Yeller (1957), Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1967) and Here Comes the Groom (1951).

Trivia (9)

Aunt of actress Darlene Tompkins.
Sister of George Washburn.
Interviewed in "Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Classic Film and Television", by Tom Goldrup and Jim Goldrup (McFarland, 2002).
Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book "Eye on Science Fiction" (McFarland & Co., 2003).
Has often said as a child actress, her favorite adult female co-star was Loretta Young. She would appear in 4 episodes of "The Loretta Young Show" between 1954 and 1956, and in 24 episodes of "The New Loretta Young Show" between 1962 and 1963. Beverly would become a life-long friend to Loretta. Her favorite male co-star was Jack Benny and often speaks of his extreme generosity, despite his comic portrayal of himself as a tightwad.
In 1951, she appears in the first Superman theatrical film, entitled "Superman and the Mole Men," starring George Reeves. It would eventually be sold to television and become the final 2-part episode of the "Superman" series of the show.
In 1963, at the age of 20, had a hit record called "Everybody Loves Saturday Night" on Smash Records. The flip side was entitled "The Heart You Break".
She appeared in three episodes of Quinn Martiin's "The Streets of San Francisco," with Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. Her episodes were "Most Feared in the Jungle" (1973), where she portrayed Miss Rayfield, an unwed mother, "Letters from the Grave" (1975) where she played an Alcatraz tour guide, and as Michelle Rhodes in "Let's Pretend We're Strangers" (1977), where her character was the roommate of a murder victim.
Perhaps best known for her role as Lieutenant Arlene Galway on the original NBC television show "Star Trek," in the episode "The Deadly Years," from 1967.

Personal Quotes (3)

[her memories of working on Shane (1953)] The movie was shot on location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Alan Ladd and I both went up the chair lift to the top of a mountain. I went down the lift by myself, but Ladd was too scared to come down! Finally, they sent a helicopter to rescue him; he was too chicken to go down. The cast and crew never let him hear the end of it!
[on how she was cast in Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1967)] How I got that role is a story in itself. One day I was shopping at a grocery store in Los Angeles, where I lived, and I noticed that every time I looked up, there was a guy in the same aisle staring at me. He seemed to be following me and finally he approached me and said, "I'm sorry to bother you, and I don't mean to be staring, but aren't you an actress? You look very familiar." He then said he was involved in the making of a horror movie and would like me to come in and audition. I wasn't sure if he was for real because the auditions that I always went on were set up through my agent. He then said the name of the movie was "Cannibal Orgy". Although he was very nice, it seemed a little odd to me, but then he said the film was starring legendary horror icon Lon Chaney Jr. I still wasn't sure if he was for real, but he didn't ask for my home phone number, he just gave me the audition info and told me to have my agent get in touch with them. That made it seem legitimate, so I had my agent call the next day and set it up.
[on Brandon De Wilde, with whom she worked in Shane (1953)] Brandon was a brat! So precocious. He didn't like girls, and he would pull my pigtails and chase me around the set.

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