Shelley Fabares

Shelley Fabares

  • Highest Rated: 85% Brian's Song (1970)
  • Lowest Rated: 85% Brian's Song (1970)
  • Birthday: Jan 19, 1944
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The niece of musical comedy luminary Nanette Fabray, American actress Shelley Fabares was in show business almost as soon as she could walk. She was a model for children's fashions at age 3, a bit actress in the film The Bandit Queen at age 7, a peripheral character on the Annie Oakley TV series at 8, and Frank Sinatra's dance partner on a 1953 TV special. After doing the TV-anthology route from ages 10 through 13, Fabares was cast at age 14 as Donna Reed's daughter on The Donna Reed Show, a part she would virtually grow up in. Before the series' cancellation in 1966, Fabares had become a top recording artist, selling a million copies of "Johnny Angel" before quitting singing cold because she felt she had no talent in that endeavor. Except for co-starring stints in three Elvis Presley musicals, Fabares' employment outside Donna Reed was virtually nil, and from 1968 through 1970 she barely worked at all. She filmed six TV pilots before 1971, but none sold. Things began picking up in 1972 when she was signed for a Brian Keith series set in Hawaii, The Little People. This led to guest TV spots until the next sitcom hitch in 1977's The Practice, in which Fabares played Danny Thomas' daughter-in-law. Highcliffe Manor, a muddled TV satire of Gothic melodramas, followed in 1979, but lasted a scant four weeks. By this time, Fabares' characterizations were of the "snooty shrew" category, and in this capacity she was shown to good advantage as Bonnie Franklin's business partner on One Day at a Time in 1981. Off-camera, Fabares was very active in the prosocial and ecological activities of her new husband, former MASH star Mike Farrell--a far cry from her on-camera haughtiness and self-involvement. More recently, Shelley Fabares' acting career is alive and prospering via her continuing role as Craig T. Nelson's lady love, sportscaster Christine Armstrong, on the Emmy-winning sitcom Coach.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Superman: Brainiac Attacks Actor 2006
No Score Yet A Nightmare Come True Lily Zarn 1997
No Score Yet Superman: The Last Son of Krypton Actor 1996
No Score Yet The Great Mom Swap Actor 1995
No Score Yet Deadly Relations Shirley 1993
No Score Yet The Canterville Ghost Actor 1991
No Score Yet Love Or Money LuAnn Reed 1990
No Score Yet Hot Pursuit Buffy Cronenberg 1987
No Score Yet Memorial Day Actor 1983
No Score Yet Great American Traffic Jam Actor 1980
No Score Yet Sky Hei$t Actor 1975
85% Brian's Song Joy 1970
No Score Yet Operation Heartbeat Actor 1969
No Score Yet Clambake Dianne Carter 1967
No Score Yet Spinout Cynthia Foxhugh 1966
No Score Yet Girl Happy Valerie 1965
No Score Yet Ride the Wild Surf Brie Matthews 1964
No Score Yet Marjorie Morningstar Seth's Girl Friend 1958
No Score Yet Rock, Pretty Baby Twinkey Daley 1956
No Score Yet Never Say Goodbye Suzy Parker 1956

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

95% Justice League
2004
Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet Coach
1989-1997
Christine Christine Armstrong Christine Armstrong Fox
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Liza Liza Caspar
  • 1989
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
  • 1987
No Score Yet One Day at a Time
1975-1984
Francine Webster
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1978
95% Mork & Mindy
1978-1982
Cathy
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
1978-1982
Holly
  • 1978
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Norma
  • 1976
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Charlotte Black
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Jolene
  • 1974
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Ellen Tillman
  • 1964

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