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Shelley Fabares

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Shelley Fabares is 1 — and perhaps the very best — of a small number of young stars/singers who all emerged from the finish from the 1950s with the mid-’60s, so that they can extend tv stardom into actions over the pop graphs. Many didn’t last, and non-e made the influence of their competitors, the performers who tried performing (Connie Francis, Sandy Stewart, Lulu, etc.), but Fabares do score a big success with “Johnny Angel.” Shelley Fabares was created on January 19, 1944 in California, to a family group that already acquired a background executing (her aunt is normally Nanette Fabray, the celebrity best appreciated for movies like the Music group Wagon), and she started working being a dancer and model while still a kid. By the middle-’50s, she acquired made an appearance in such films as Never State Goodbye and Summer months Like. In 1958, Fabares gained the function of Mary Rock within the ABC tv series The Donna Reed Present — the present was popular, and on the following five years, in tandem with previous Mouseketeer Paul Petersen, who performed her sibling Jeff on the present, Fabares was one of the most noticeable and popular youthful performers on tv, as well as the quintessential Television “little girl.” The series was made by Columbia Images Television, and both young performers had been asked to try dealing with the studio’s label, Colpix Information. Even though demos didn’t make an impression the label’s professionals, Donna Reed Present manufacturer Tony Owen (Reed’s hubby) insisted they try to make an effective record, and also financed the documenting program himself with manufacturer Stu Phillips (The Monkees, Battlestar Galactica) on the helm. Fabares’ debut discharge, “Johnny Angel,” reached number 1 on the graphs in early 1962, and is looked upon today being a quintessential “gal group” record. non-e of her following records ever emerged near that exalted level, but Fabares documented for another 3 years, in between performing projects that included films with Elvis Presley (Woman Content, Spinout, Clambake), liberating three modestly effective singles (“Johnny Loves Me,” “THE ITEMS We Do Last Summer season,” “Ronnie, Contact Me WHENEVER YOU Get a Opportunity”) and a set of albums (Shelley, THE ITEMS We Do Last Summer season). To Fabares, who by no means conceived of the singing profession for herself and wasn’t completely comfortable for the reason that part, these recordings had been all a lark, however they constituted bit more when compared to a footnote to her early profession. Despite her indifference to documenting, Fabares’ first spouse was maker Lou Adler. She didn’t stay in the music business, and also her acting profession had stalled by the end from the ’60s. Through the ’70s, she resumed her profession as a grown-up performer, showing up as a normal on series such as for example Forever Fornwood and something Day at a period. She later wedded acting professional Mike Farrell (M*A*S*H) and it has since surfaced as a significant tv star once again, as Craig T. Nelson’s wife within the strike series Trainer. She and Farrell are also very noticeable as activists, increasing money as well as the public’s awareness with respect to numerous causes, especially Alzheimer’s disease.

Quick Facts


Full Name Shelley Fabares
Height 1.63 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Television producer
Nationality American, French
Spouse Mike Farrell, Lou Adler
Parents James Fabares, Elsa Fabares
Siblings Smokey Fabares
Music Songs Johnny Angel, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Johnny Loves Me, Where's It Gonna Get Me, Lost Summer Love, I Know You'll Be There, Boy of My Own, The Things We Did Last Summer, I'm Growing Up, Ronnie, Call Me When You Get a Chance, Football Season's Over, A Time To Sing, Very Unlikely, Big Star, Funny Face, It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin', Shelley Fabares-Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, He Don't Love Me, Old Before My Time, It's Been a Long, Long Time, Bye Bye Birdie, How Lovely to Be a Woman, I Left a Note to Say Goodbye, Hey Funny Face, Roses Are Red My Love, A Man On His Own, Hi Lilli, Money Can't Buy Happiness, Hi Lili, Hi Lo, Give Me The Hummingbird Line, Next Time I Say Goodbye I'm Leaving, Sealed With a Kiss
Albums Teenage Triangle, The Things We Did Last Summer, Love Letters, I'm Growing Up, Rock Music with Various Artists: Venus in Blue Jeans, Gotta Tell Somebody - Summer with My Friends, A Time To Sing (From The Motion Picture Sound Track), Shelley!, Growing Up, Johnny Angel, The Best of Shelley Fabares, Teenage Triangle Revisited, Growing Up In New York, Days To Come, Leisure Time, Good Looking, Keep Looking, Shelley Fabares' The Things We Did Last Summer, Adore, What's afoot ?, True Love Vol 1, Picnic, True Love Vol 2, The Beautiful Voice of Shelley Fabares, Vol. 2, True Love, Dateline Rome, Meet With, Sunny Side, Shelley Fabares, Vol. 1, Growing Up - The 1962 Recordings Features 2 Complete Albums & Bonus Tracks, The Beautiful Voice of Shelley Fabares, Vol. 1, Surf Riding, The Extended Play Collection, Vol. 135, Miss July, Big Hit Collection, Shelley Fabares, Vol. 2, Favorite Song, Johnny Angel (25 Hits and Rare Songs), The Mega Collection, Hide Away, Happy Hours, Vol. 1, Express Yourself, Sunny Sounds, Sound and Vision, Hits By Shelley Fabares, The Lp Library, Easily Stop Time, Bikini, Classic and Collectable - Shelley Fabares - The Things We Did Last Summer, Funny Face, College Man
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, TV Land Favorite Teen Dream for Female Award
Movies Girl Happy, Clambake, Spinout, Ride the Wild Surf, Brian's Song, Never Say Goodbye, Summer Love, Hold On!, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, Deadly Relations, Hot Pursuit, Rock, Pretty Baby, The Great Mom Swap, Superman: Last Son of Krypton, Love or Money, Class Cruise, The Girl Rush, Sky Heist, Memorial Day, A Time to Sing, Friendships, Secrets and Lies, Donovan's Kid, A Nightmare Come True, The Canterville Ghost, Playing to Win, Run Till You Fall, U.M.C., The Great American Traffic Jam, Two for the Money, Welcome to Washington, Superman the Animated Series: A Little Piece of Home
TV Shows Superman: The Animated Series, Coach, One Day at a Time, Mork & Mindy, The Practice, The Brian Keith Show, The Donna Reed Show, NBC Matinee Theater, Highcliffe Manor, Walt Disney Presents: Annette, Forever Fernwood


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#Fact
1 Appeared with her aunt, Nanette Fabray, on One Day at a Time (1975) and the April 15, 1975 episode of The Hollywood Squares (1965).
2 Her mother died from Alzheimer's.
3 Considered Donna Reed as her second mother.
4 Her sister, Smokey, gave her away at her marriage to Mike Farrell.
5 Her' three movies with Elvis Presley--Girl Happy (1965), Spinout (1966) and Clambake (1967)--were not the only associations she had had with "The King." When her one-hit-wonder "Johnny Angel" topped the charts on April 7, 1962, she was ousted from the #1 position two weeks later by Presley's "Good Luck Charm." The two future co-stars held the #1 and #2 chart positions through late April into May 1962. Incidentally, backing Fabares on "Johnny Angel" were Glen Campbell (guitar), Hal Blaine (drums), The Blossoms (backing vocals), etc.
6 Carl Betz starred as her father in The Donna Reed Show (1958) and the movie Spinout (1966).
7 Frank Sinatra once sang to her on one of his TV specials in the 1950s.
8 Stepmother of Erin Farrell and Michael Farrell.
9 Is portrayed by Lorraine Landry in A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995)
10 Is the best friend of Annette Funicello.
11 Received a liver transplant in October 2000. Her liver failed due to an auto-immune disorder.
12 During the mid-1980s she and Heather Langenkamp teamed up for a Murder, She Wrote (1984)-style pilot for a TV series called Suburban Beat (1985). They were cast as housewives who solved mysteries.
13 Niece of Nanette Fabray.
14 Some sources give her year of birth as 1942 and others as 1946. The year on her birth certificate is 1944.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Superman: Brainiac Attacks 2006 Video Martha Kent (voice)
Justice League 2003 TV Series Martha Kent
Superman 1996-1999 TV Series Martha Kent
Biography 1998 TV Series documentary Narrator
Playing to Win: A Moment of Truth Movie 1998 TV Movie Nancy Erickson
Coach 1989-1997 TV Series Christine Armstrong
A Nightmare Come True 1997 TV Movie Lily Zarn
Superman: The Last Son of Krypton 1996 TV Movie Martha Kent (voice)
A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story 1995 TV Movie Shelley Fabares (uncredited)
The Great Mom Swap 1995 TV Movie Millie Ridgeway
A Whole New Ballgame 1995 TV Series Christine Armstrong
Your Studio and You 1995 Short Shelley Fabares (uncredited)
Deadly Relations 1993 TV Movie Shirley Fagot
Love or Money 1990 Lu Ann Reed
Murder, She Wrote 1989 TV Series Liza Caspar
Run Till You Fall 1988 TV Movie Kathy Reuben
Hot Pursuit 1987 Buffy Cronenberg
Newhart 1987 TV Series Diane Beckwith
The Canterville Ghost 1985 TV Movie Lucy
Suburban Beat 1985 TV Movie Mimi
The Love Boat 1980-1985 TV Series Mayor Frances Hardy / Mary Frances Bellflower / Cathy
One Day at a Time 1978-1984 TV Series Francine Webster
Memorial Day 1983 TV Movie Ellie Walker
ABC Afterschool Specials 1983 TV Series Fran Brogliatti
Matt Houston 1983 TV Series Barbara Newton
Mork & Mindy 1980-1981 TV Series Cathy McConnell
Fantasy Island 1978-1981 TV Series Linda Graham / Emily Parkins / Eva Capos / ...
Gridlock 1980 TV Movie Louise Gregory
Friendships, Secrets and Lies 1979 TV Movie Mary Alice
Hello, Larry 1979 TV Series Marion Alder
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1979 TV Series Grace Donovan
Donovan's Kid 1979 TV Movie Grace Donovan
Pleasure Cove 1979 TV Movie Helen Perlmutter
Highcliffe Manor 1979 TV Series Helen Straight Blacke
The Incredible Hulk 1978 TV Series Holly Cooper
Vega$ 1978 TV Series Linda Stockwood
Lucan 1978 TV Series
Forever Fernwood 1977 TV Series Eleanor Major
The Practice 1976-1977 TV Series Jenny Bedford
Spencer's Pilots 1976 TV Series Annette collier
Marcus Welby, M.D. 1976 TV Series Norma Fritchie
Barnaby Jones 1975 TV Series Susan Burke
Medical Center 1969-1975 TV Series 'Mike' Carter
Medical Story 1975 TV Series Susan Duffy
Matt Helm 1975 TV Series Chris Tina
Sky Heist 1975 TV Movie Lisa
The Rookies 1975 TV Series Ann McNeal
The Rockford Files 1974 TV Series Jolene Hyland
Ironside 1974 TV Series Charlotte Black
Police Story 1974 TV Series Annette Weiner
The Brian Keith Show 1972-1974 TV Series Dr. Anne Jamison
Cade's County 1972 TV Series Stephanie Grainger
Two for the Money 1972 TV Movie Bethany Hagan
McCloud 1972 TV Series Natalie Rudell
Love, American Style 1969-1972 TV Series segment "Love and the New Size 8" / Julie segment "Love and the Fuzz" / Sheila segment "Love and Mother"
- Love and the Lady Athlete/Love and the Lady Killers/Love and the New Size 8/Love and the Single Sister 1972 ... segment "Love and the New Size 8"
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law 1971 TV Series Lorraine Latham
Brian's Song 1971 TV Movie Joy Piccolo
Longstreet 1971 TV Series Marianne Franklin
Mannix 1971 TV Series Gwen Townsend
The Interns 1971 TV Series Catherine
Bracken's World 1969 TV Series Hilary Saxon
Lancer 1969 TV Series Melissa Harper
Daniel Boone 1969 TV Series Charity Brown
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir 1968 TV Series Vanessa Peekskill
A Time to Sing 1968 Amy Carter
Clambake 1967 Dianne Carter
Spinout 1966 Cynthia Foxhugh
Meet Me in St. Louis 1966 TV Movie Esther
Hold On! 1966 Louisa Page
The Donna Reed Show 1958-1965 TV Series Mary Stone
Girl Happy 1965 Valerie
Ride the Wild Surf 1964 Brie Matthews
The Twilight Zone 1964 TV Series Ellen Tillman
Arrest and Trial 1964 TV Series Donna Blaney
The Eleventh Hour 1964 TV Series Carol Hamilton
Mr. Novak 1963 TV Series Dani Cooper
Colgate Theatre 1958 TV Series
The Loretta Young Show 1954-1958 TV Series Kathy / Marie Schumann
Marjorie Morningstar 1958 Seth's Girl Friend (uncredited)
Annette 1958 TV Series Moselle Corey
Summer Love 1957 Twinkie Daley
Jeanne Eagels 1957 Teenage Girl (uncredited)
Fury 1957 TV Series Midge Malloy
Annie Oakley 1956 TV Series Prudy Warren
Rock, Pretty Baby 1956 Twinky Daley
The Bad Seed 1956 Margie (uncredited)
Never Say Goodbye 1956 Suzy Parker
Captain Midnight 1955 TV Series Mary Kingsley
Matinee Theatre 1955 TV Series Young Cathy
Producers' Showcase 1955 TV Series Rebecca Gibbs
The Girl Rush 1955 Kim - Age 9 (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016 TV Special producer: SAG-AFTRA
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015 TV Special producer: SAG-AFTRA
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 TV Special producer: SAG-AFTRA
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 TV Special producer: SAG-AFTRA
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012 TV Special SAG producer
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011 TV Special producer: Screen Actors Guild
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 TV Special producer: Screen Actors Guild
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 TV Special producer: Screen Actors Guild
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 TV Special SAG producer
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 TV Special SAG producer
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 TV Special producer: SAG
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 TV Special producer: SAG
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 TV Special producer: SAG

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
11.22.63 2016 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Andre 1994 performer: "Johnny Angel"
Matinee 1993 performer: "Johnny Angel"
Mermaids 1990 performer: "Johnny Angel"
A Time to Sing 1968 performer: "Next Time I Say Goodbye I'm Leaving"
Hold On! 1966 performer: "Make Me Happy"
Shindig! 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Girl Happy 1965 performer: "Spring Fever" - uncredited
The Donna Reed Show 1962 TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The One Day at a Time Reunion 2005 TV Movie Herself
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
Intimate Portrait 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 2000 TV Special Herself
Biography 1996 TV Series documentary Herself
Wheel of Fortune 1995 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Contestant
The Ultimate TV Trivia Challenge 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself - Hostess
Marilu 1994 TV Series Herself
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Good Morning America 1994 TV Series Herself
Golden Globes 50th Anniversary Celebration 1994 TV Movie Herself
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Vicki! 1993 TV Series Herself
One on One with John Tesh 1991 TV Series Herself
Attitudes 1989 TV Series Herself
The John Davidson Show 1982 TV Series Herself
All-Star Family Feud Special 1979 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Contestant
Family Feud 1979 TV Series Herself
The Hollywood Squares 1973-1976 TV Series Herself
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Herself
Shindig! 1965 TV Series Herself - Singer
New American Bandstand 1965 1964 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Celebrity Party 1963 TV Movie Herself
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Herself
The Bob Hope Show 1960 TV Series Herself - Hollywood Deb Star
The Dick Clark Show 1959 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Yearbook 1960-1963 2015 TV Movie Herself
Once in a Lew Moon 2015 Documentary Herself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Mary Stone - Donna Reed Show
My Music: '60s Girl Grooves 2013 TV Movie Herself
There's Only One Elvis 2002 TV Movie documentary Valerie Frank
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Mary Stone
The Donna Reed Show 1965 TV Series Mary Stone

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994 Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award Young Artist Awards The Donna Reed Show (1958)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Favorite Teen Dream - Female The Donna Reed Show (1958)
1994 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Coach (1989)
1993 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Coach (1989)
1965 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards New Faces, Female 8th place.


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