Betsy Jones-Moreland

Highest Rated: 44% The Last Tycoon (1976)
Lowest Rated: 40% The Hindenburg (1975)
Birthday: Apr 1, 1930
Birthplace: Not Available
Betsy Jones-Moreland is best remembered today as a statuesque actress and leading lady of the late 1950s and early 1960s, especially in the films of Roger Corman. Yet she was always a somewhat reluctant actress, even as she pursued a career in the field. Born Mary Elizabeth Jones in Brooklyn, New York, in 1930, she seems never to have considered a career in entertainment, or any particularly "public" profession, while growing up. She was an office worker and secretary, her sole contact with the entertainment business being the fact that the company she worked for owned the rights to several children's shows of the 1950s. She began taking acting lessons as a way of overcoming her basic shyness, and that led her to getting work as a showgirl, which resulted in her earning a role in a touring company production of The Solid Gold Cadillac. She ended up in Hollywood, starting with bit roles in major releases, such as The Brothers Rico and The Garment Jungle. She soon became part of Roger Corman's stock company, starting with The Saga of the Viking Women And Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957) and culminating with the title role in The Last Woman on Earth (1960) and the female lead in Creature From the Haunted Sea (1961). In between these quickie productions and some small-screen work, Jones-Moreland also appeared in one notable Western: André de Toth's Day of the Outlaw (1959). Her television appearances included episodes of Perry Mason, McHale's Navy, Have Gun, Will Travel, My Favorite Martian, and Ironside. Her most memorable television appearance was in the Outer Limits episode "The Mutant", in which she appeared as part of a space expedition that's endangered when one of their number encounters deadly radiation. Corman later used her in his first big-budget movie, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967), and she followed this up with small roles in theatrical films such as The Hindenburg and Gable and Lombard. She closed out her career as a trial judge in a handful of episodes of the 1990s revival of Perry Mason.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal Judge 1993
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Framing Judge Harrelson 1992
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin Judge 1991
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster Judge Elinor Harrelson 1991
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Ruthless Reporter Judge Phyllis Markham 1991
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer Actor 1990
No Score Yet Joni Mrs. Barber 1979
44% The Last Tycoon Writer 1976
No Score Yet Gable and Lombard Party Guest 1976
40% The Hindenburg Stewardess Imhoff 1975
No Score Yet Creature from the Haunted Sea Mary-Belle Monahan 1961
No Score Yet Strangers When We Meet Mrs. Gerandi 1960
No Score Yet The Last Woman on Earth Evelyn Gern 1960
No Score Yet Day of the Outlaw Mrs. Preston 1959
No Score Yet The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent Thyra 1957
No Score Yet The Garment Jungle Secretary 1957
No Score Yet The Brothers Rico Actor 1957

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Karen Martin
  • 1969
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Nora
  • 1963
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Tess
  • 1963
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
1963-1966
Miss Weaver
  • 1963

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