Abby Dalton (1932–2020)

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Sleek and striking Abby Dalton became a very familiar perky and sexy presence in 1960s TV households. Known not only for her award-worthy acting on TV comedy, she became an avid game-show panelist and appeared on a slew of TV's more popular programs. It might come as a surprise to some that she honed her wholesome sitcom personality only after ... See full bio »

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Known For

Hennesey Lt. Martha Hale, RN / Lt. Martha Hale Hennesey, RN
The Plainsman Calamity Jane
Girls on the Loose Agnes Clark
The Joey Bishop Show Ellie Barnes / Ellie Marks


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 2013 Mrs. Sweeney (Short)
Mrs. Sweeney
 2008 Prank
Mrs. Sweeney
 1998 Buck and the Magic Bracelet
Ma Dalton
 1997 L.A. Heat (TV Series)
Bridgette Peterson
- Wake Up Call (1997) ... Bridgette Peterson
 1994 Cyber Tracker
Chief Olson
 1983-1987 Hotel (TV Series)
Laura Carpenter / Helen Scofield
- Fallen Angel (1987) ... Laura Carpenter
- Confrontations (1983) ... Helen Scofield
 1986 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Judith Keats
- Obituary for a Dead Anchor (1986) ... Judith Keats
 1981-1986 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Julia Cumson / Julia Cumson (deleted scene) / Dorcas Cumson
- Perilous Charm (1986) ... Julia Cumson
- Fatal Attraction (1986) ... Julia Cumson
- The Stranger Within (1986) ... Julia Cumson
- Living Nightmare (1986) ... Julia Cumson
- Aftershocks (1986) ... Julia Cumson
 1986 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Fran Hendrix
- Round Up the Old Gang (1986) ... Fran Hendrix
 1985 Jeff Beck: Ambitious (Music Video)
 1983-1984 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Martha Parker / Ellen Baker
 1977 The Feather and Father Gang (TV Series)
Ruth Marks
- Murder at F-Stop II (1977) ... Ruth Marks
 1976 A Whale of a Tale
Anne Fields
 1976 The Waltons (TV Series)
Stella Lewis
- The Test (1976) ... Stella Lewis
 1975 Adams of Eagle Lake (TV Series)
Margaret Kelly
- Treasure Chest Murder (1975) ... Margaret Kelly
- Home Is the Coward (1975) ... Margaret Kelly
 1974 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Elizabeth Miller
- The Life and Times of Barney Miller (1974) ... Elizabeth Miller
 1974 Grandpa, Mom, Dad and Richie (TV Movie)
 1974 Apple's Way (TV Series)
Nancy Benton
- The Temptation (1974) ... Nancy Benton
 1974 Police Story (TV Series)
Liz Rollins
- Cop in the Middle (1974) ... Liz Rollins
 1970-1974 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Barbara Finletter (segment "Love and the Flying Finletters") / (segment 'Love and the Waitress') / Delores (segment "Love and the Intruder")
- Love and the Intruder/Love and the Lost Dog (1970) ... Delores (segment "Love and the Intruder")
 1973 The Young and the Restless (TV Series)
Lydia Summers #1 (1995)
 1972 Magic Carpet (TV Movie)
Lucy Kane
 1970 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Dr. Elizabeth Carlson
- The Masculine-Feminine Mystique (1970) ... Dr. Elizabeth Carlson
 1969 Anderson and Company (TV Movie)
Augusta Anderson
 1968 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Janet Ingram
- Gossip, Incorporated (1968) ... Janet Ingram
 1967 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Mary Danopolous
- Instant Money (1967) ... Mary Danopolous
 1966 The Plainsman
Calamity Jane
 1962-1965 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
Ellie Barnes / Ellie Marks
- Joey Discovers Jackie Clark (1965) ... Ellie Barnes
- What'll You Have? (1965) ... Ellie Barnes
- Joey the Star Maker (1965) ... Ellie Barnes (credit only)
- Larry's Habit (1965) ... Ellie Barnes (credit only)
- Never Put It in Writing (1965) ... Ellie Barnes
 1959-1962 Hennesey (TV Series)
Lt. Martha Hale, RN / Lt. Martha Hale Hennesey, RN
- I Thee Wed (1962) ... Lt. Martha Hale Hennesey, RN
- Martha (1962) ... Lt. Martha Hale, RN
- Hennesey Meets Soupy Sales (1962) ... Lt. Martha Hale, RN
- Calling Doctor Good-Deed (1962) ... Lt. Martha Hale, RN
- The Best Man (1962) ... Lt. Martha Hale, RN
 1962 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Julie Gant
- Nightmare in Paradise (1962) ... Julie Gant
 1960 The Chevy Mystery Show (TV Series)
Karen Prescott
- Dead Man's Walk (1960) ... Karen Prescott
 1959 Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Stacy Lee
- Curtains for an Angel (1959) ... Stacy Lee
 1959 Rawhide (TV Series)
- Incident West of Lano (1959) ... Ruth
 1959 Maverick (TV Series)
Carrie Christianson
- Duel at Sundown (1959) ... Carrie Christianson
 1959 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Elizabeth Bingham
- The Desperadoes (1959) ... Elizabeth Bingham
 1958 Jefferson Drum (TV Series)
Eloise Barton
- Thicker Than Water (1958) ... Eloise Barton
 1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Meg Wellman
- Young Gun (1958) ... Meg Wellman
 1958 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Nancy Moore
- The Marshal (1958) ... Nancy Moore
 1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Belle Starr
- Way of the West (1958) ... Belle Starr
 1958 The High Cost of Loving
Cora (uncredited)
 1958 Girls on the Loose
Agnes Clark
 1958 Cole Younger, Gunfighter
Lucy Antrim
 1957 Carnival Rock
Girl at Carnival (uncredited)
 1957 Teenage Doll (uncredited)
 1957 Rock All Night
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(Summer 1973) She acted in Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor's play, "Lovers and Other Strangers," in a Cherry County Playhouse production under the Dome at the Park Palace Hotel in Traverse City, Michigan with Tom Poston in the cast. Ruth Bailey was founder and artistic director. See more »

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5 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Jack David Smith  (her death)  (3 children) | See more »


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Did You Know?


Best known by the public for her roles as Lt. Martha Hale on Hennesey (1959), as Ellie Barnes on The Joey Bishop Show (1961) and as Julia Cumson on Falcon Crest (1981). See more »

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