Mariette Hartley

Mariette Hartley

Highest Rated: 93% Ride the High Country (1962)

Lowest Rated: 15% Encino Man (1992)

Birthday: Jun 21, 1940

Birthplace: Not Available

Never the typical ingénue, American actress Mariette Hartley was distinguished by attractively offbeat facial features and a full, throaty voice -- acting tools that enabled her to play a wide spectrum of ages and personalities even when she was barely out of her teens. The granddaughter of behavioral psychologist John B. Watson, Hartley began her training at Carnegie Tech, then studied acting under Eva LeGalleine . Shakespeare was Hartley's forte in her salad days; thus, she was a full-blown professional before the age of 21. Hartley's first film, Ride the High Country (1961), may well have been her best; as the runaway bride of a mentally deficient mountain man, Hartley was permitted to forego cutesiness and glamour, spending most of the film in dusty male western garb. She was so good in this first appearance that MGM literally had no idea what to do with her; the solution was to cast her as a garden-variety damsel in distress in Drums of Africa (1963), which Hartley now regards as her worst film (and it is -- far worse than the more obvious candidate, 1971's The Return of Count Yorga). Then as now, Hartley was better served on TV than in films. Appearing with regularity on such programs as Twilight Zone and Bonanza, Hartley exuded an intelligence and versatility rare in so young an actress. She gained a following with her recurring role on the nighttime soapera Peyton Place (1965), then provided the only bright moments of the misfire satirical sitcom The Hero (1966), in which she played the wife of a bumbling TV cowboy (Richard Mulligan). Her TV work load increased in the '70s, during which time she appeared as futuristic heroine Lyra-a in Gene Roddenberry's TV pilot Genesis II, a role which gained a great deal of press attention due to Hartley's exotic midriff makeup (her character was endowed with two navels). She also won an Emmy for her appearance in a 1978 installment of The Incredible Hulk. A popular talk-show raconteur, Hartley was able to parlay her no-nonsense persona into a series of lucrative camera commercials, in which she co-starred with James Garner. Her easy rapport with Garner led many to believe that she was married to the Rockford Files star, compelling her to make public appearances wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with the message "I am NOT Mrs. James Garner" (she was, in fact, married to producer/director Patrick Boyriven). Her high audience "Q" rating led certain TV producers to believe that Hartley would be ideally cast as a news reporter on the 1983 sitcom Goodnight, Beantown. The casting was good, the show wasn't. Nor were follow-ups in this vein, including a foredoomed hitch as co-host of the 1987 revamping of CBS Morning News titled The Morning Program and the very short-lived newsroom-oriented weekly drama WIOU (1990). That the actress took to kidding about her many TV failures only added to her upbeat public image -- an image which masked a surfeit of grief brought on by the alcoholism and suicide of Hartley's father, which formed the basis of her 1990 book Breaking the Silence. Audiences were able to see this serious side of Mariette Hartley in her frequent TV-movie appearances, notably her performance as grieving mother Candy Lightner in M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Mariette Hartley remained busy on films and in television into the '90s; once again, the TV work was more rewarding than the movie assignments, which included such negligible entertainments as Encino Man (1992).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Escaping My Stalker Actor 2019
No Score Yet Silver Skies Harriet 2016
No Score Yet Dog Years Executive Producer 2012
No Score Yet Flower Girl Actor 2009
No Score Yet Love Is a Four Letter Word Audrey 2007
No Score Yet The Inner Circle Actor 2007
No Score Yet Farewell to Raskolnikov's Marty McCall 2005
No Score Yet Meet the Santas Joanna 2005
No Score Yet Swimming With Dolphins Actor 2005
No Score Yet Baggage Emily Wade 1999
No Score Yet Freefall Flight 174 Beth Pearson 1995
No Score Yet Falling from the Sky: Flight 174 (Freefall: Flight 174) Beth Pearson 1995
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Telltale Talk Show Host Dr. Sheila Carlin 1993
No Score Yet Child of Rage Dr. Rosemary Myers 1992
15% Encino Man Mrs. Morgan 1992
No Score Yet The House on Sycamore Street Kate Hamilton 1992
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible: Queen Esther Actor 1991
No Score Yet Murder C.O.D. Sally Kramer 1990
No Score Yet Passion and Paradise Lady Oakes 1989
55% 1969 Jessie 1988
No Score Yet My Two Loves Gail Springer 1986
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Actor 1986
No Score Yet Silence of the Heart Barbara Lewis 1984
No Score Yet M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Actor 1983
No Score Yet O'Hara's Wife Harry O'Hara 1982
No Score Yet No Place to Hide Adele Manning 1981
No Score Yet Improper Channels Diana Martley 1981
No Score Yet Halloween That Almost Wasn't Witch 1979
No Score Yet Nightmare at 43 Hillcrest Actor 1974
No Score Yet Genesis II Lyra-a 1973
No Score Yet Skyjacked Harriet Stevens 1972
No Score Yet The Magnificent Seven Ride! Arilla Adams 1972
60% The Return of Count Yorga (The Abominable Count Yorga) Cynthia 1971
No Score Yet Earth II Lisa Karger 1971
No Score Yet Barquero Anna 1970
86% Marooned Betty Lloyd 1969
82% Marnie Susan Clabon 1964
No Score Yet Drums Of Africa Ruth Knight 1963
93% Ride the High Country Elsa 1962
No Score Yet Counting For Thunder Actor


81% 9-1-1
Abby's Mom Patricia Clark 2018
No Score Yet The Mentalist
Elise Vogelson 2013
No Score Yet Cold Case
Gloria Flagstone 2008
81% Grey's Anatomy
Betty 2008
75% Saving Grace
Emily Jane Ada 2008
37% Dirt
Dorothy Spiller 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Lorna Scarry 2006
No Score Yet NCIS
Hanna Lowell 2005
23% Kate Brasher
Gloria 2001
No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder
Kate Hamilton 1992
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Susan Lindsay 1992
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
Dr. Inga Halversen 1979
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
Dr. Fields Caroline 1978
No Score Yet Columbo
Veronica Eileen 1977
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
Elizabeth Thurmond 1976
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
Maggi 1975
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
Bonnie Andrea 1974
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Kate Fiona Clarey Ellie 1974
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
Marilyn Dietz 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
Alicia Jennifer Barbara Scott Lola 1971
80% Star Trek
Zarabeth 1969
82% The Twilight Zone
Sandra Horn 1964
54% To Have & To Hold
89% WIOU
Liz McVay


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