Beverly Garland

Her Life and Career

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About the Book

Named “Television’s First Lady” by Walter Ames of the Los Angeles Times, actress Beverly Garland (1926–2008) is also regarded as a Western and science-fiction film icon. Beverly was TV’s first “police woman” in the landmark series Decoy, and was seen in starring or recurring roles in such popular shows as My Three Sons and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. In addition to more than 700 television appearances, she made more than 55 feature and made-for-television films including the cult classics Not of This Earth, It Conquered the World and The Alligator People.
Working with such stars as Sinatra, Bogart, and Bing Crosby, Beverly Garland had fascinating stories to tell about all of them and many more. This comprehensive biography of Beverly’s life and career includes a foreword and afterword by her colleagues Joseph Campanella and Peggy Webber.

About the Author(s)

Deborah Del Vecchio is a freelance writer living in Delaware.

Bibliographic Details

Deborah Del Vecchio
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 255
Bibliographic Info: 40 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6501-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9023-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Foreword by Joseph Campanella 1

Introduction 3

 1. Beverly Lucy Fessenden 7

 2. The Actor’s Life for Me! 12

 3. Beverly Campbell 18

 4. Beverly Garland 25

 5. Somebody Get Me a Medic 32

 6. The Beast and the Amazon 42

 7. Scream Queen 47

 8. The Joker Is Wild 52

 9. Decoy 56

10. Return to Gotham 59

11. Coco La Salle, the Lady Pirate 63

12. Where in the World Is Beverly Garland? 68

13. The Miracle Worker 71

14. Stump the Stars 76

15. Twice Told Tales 87

16. The Bing Crosby Show 94

17. Pretty Poison 101

18. My Three Sons 108

19. A Singing Cowboy, Hojo, and the Saga of the

  Freeway Chickens 116

20. The Cowboys 120

21. Roller Boogie Mama 128

22. A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 142

23. Scarecrow and Mrs. King 154

24. The Haunted Symphony, Russia and Roger Corman—

  Together Again After All These Years 161

25. A Hollywood Survivor 170

26. Fifty Years in Show Business 180

Farewell to Television’s First Lady 189

Epilogue 191

Afterword by Peggy Webber 193

Appendix I: The Television Credits 196

Appendix II: The Film and Made-for-Television Movie Credits 202

Chapter Notes 225

Select Bibliography 236

Index 23

Book Reviews & Awards

“Must-read”—Midwest Book Review; “lively with feisty quotes”—Bookgasm; “an excellent job…a very thorough, interesting, informative, and entertaining look at a long, successful career and a happy productive life that is filled with exciting situations and interesting individuals…indispensable…most highly recommended”—Examiner.com; “wonderful book, very well written, and full of juicy stories. What more could a film fan want!”—Little Shoppe of Horrors; “traces [Garland’s] life and long career as television’s first lady”—Reference & Research Book News.