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Shelley Fabares

Highest Rated:   92% Brian's Song (1970)
Lowest Rated:   92% Brian's Song (1970)
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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
92% 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
No Score Yet Justice League
2004
  • Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Ellen Tillman
  • 1964

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