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Shelley Fabares

Actress / Film Actress / Television Actress / Voice Actress | * 01/19/1944 (77) | Santa Monica, California (United States of America (USA))
Michele Ann Marie "Shelley" Fabares (born January 19, 1944) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her television roles as Mary Stone on the sitcom The Donna Reed Show (1958–1963) and as Christine Armstrong on the sitcom Coach (1989–97), the latter of which earned her two Primetime Emmy Awards nominations. In 1962, her recording of "Johnny Angel" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. ()

Vibrant, increasingly lovely teen fave Shelley Fabares withstood the test of time by transitioning successfully into adult parts unlike many of her 1960s "teen queen" peers who faded quickly into the memory books. She was born Michele Marie Fabares on January 19, 1944, in sunny Santa Monica, Californnia. As the niece of singer/comedienne Nanette Fabray, she was indoctrinated early into the show biz life. Tap dancing from age three, she also modeled during her elementary school and began appearing on such TV shows as Captain Midnight (1954) and Annie Oakley (1954) (the latter a recurring role). At age 12, she made her professional film debut in the Rock Hudson/Cornell Borchers tearjerker Never Say Goodbye (1956) as Hudson's daughter, and went on to play kid sister roles in the rock 'n' roll-themed Rock, Pretty Baby! (1956) and its sequel Summer Love (1957) both starring John Saxon.Teen-idol status came with her coming-of-age role as the ever-wholesome daughter "Mary Stone" on The Donna Reed Show (1958), a part she played for five seasons before embarking on a more grown-up film career. During the run of the classic sitcom, she and TV "brother" Paul Petersen grew so popular that they sprinted to adjoining pop singing celebrity, although both admitted that their vocal talents were limited. Shelley especially enjoyed a #1 Billboard hit with the breathy, sultry-edged "Johnny Angel". The character of "Mary Stone" was gently phased out of the show as her character "left for college".By this time, Shelley had turned into quite a curvaceous stunner. Her acting mettle hardly tested, she managed to become part of the bikini-clad blonde set with top femme parts in such fun-and-frolic fare as Ride the Wild Surf (1964), Hold On! (1966), which was a vehicle for British singing sensation Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, and three of Elvis Presley's less-acclaimed vehicles of the later 1960s: Girl Happy (1965), Spinout (1966) and Clambake (1967).

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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | TV Movies

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Movies with Shelley Fabares as Actress(31)

as Martha Kent (voice)2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks
as Lily Zarn1997 A Nightmare Come True
as Martha Kent (voice)1996 Superman: The Last Son of Krypton
as herself1995 Your Studio and You
as Millie Ridgeway1995 The Great Mom Swap
as Shirley Fagot1993 Deadly Relations
as Lu Ann Reed1990 Love or Money
as Buffy Cronenberg1987 Hot Pursuit
as Mimi1985 Suburban Beat
as Ellie Walker1983 Memorial Day
as Helen Perlmutter1979 Pleasure Cove
as Grace Donovan1979 Donovan's Kid
as Bethany Hagan1972 Two for the Money
as Joy Piccolo1971 Brian's Song
as Amy Carter1968 A Time to Sing
as Dianne Carter1967 Clambake
as Cynthia Foxhugh1966 Spinout
as Louisa Page1966 Hold On!
as Valerie1965 Girl Happy
as Brie Matthews1964 Ride the Wild Surf
as Twinkie Daley1958 Summer Love
as Guest at Marjorie's Home1958 Marjorie Morningstar
as Teenage Girl (uncredited)1957 Jeanne Eagels
as Teresa "Twinky" Daley1956 Rock, Pretty Baby
as Suzy Parker1956 Never Say Goodbye
as Margie (uncredited)1956 The Bad Seed
as Rebecca Gibbs1955 Our Town
as Young Kim1955 The Girl Rush

TV Shows/Series with Shelley Fabares as Actress(33)


Born: Wednesday, 01/19 1944 (January) in Santa Monica, California (United States of America (USA)) (current age: 77 years + 272 days)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn (Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey)
Educated at: North Hollywood High School
Record Label: Vee-Jay Records
Spouses (current/former): Mike Farrell, Lou Adler
Other names for Shelley Fabares (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Shelly Fabares"
Shelley Fabares frequently works together with these people:
Vic Tayback (13x, Actor)
Lloyd Bochner (12x, Actor)
William Windom (12x, Actor)
Joseph Campanella (12x, Actor)
Walter Brooke (12x, Actor)
Bill Bixby (11x, Actor)
Peter Mark Richman (11x, Actor)
Harold Gould (11x, Actor)
Jessica Walter (10x, Actress)
Tim O'Connor (10x, Actor)
Milton Selzer (10x, Actor)
George Winslow (3x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:8307, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 10/02/2021