Gloria Talbott

Gloria Talbott (February 7, 1931 September 19, 2000) was an American film and television actress.

Gloria Talbott
publicity still for the film Northern Patrol (1953)
Born(1931-02-07)February 7, 1931
DiedSeptember 19, 2000(2000-09-19) (aged 69)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Resting placeSan Fernando Mission Cemetery
Years active1937–1966
Spouse(s)Gene Parrish (194853; divorced); 1 son
Grover Sandy Sanders (195665; divorced)
Dr. Steven J. Capabianco (196769; divorced); 1 daughter
Dr. Patrick Mullally (19702000; her death)

Early life and career

Talbott was born in Glendale, California,[1] a city co-founded by her great-great grandfather.[2] She began her career as a child actress in such films as Maytime (1937), Sweet and Low-down (1944)[3] and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945).

Her sister, Lori Talbott, also became an actress. After leaving school, Talbott formed a dramatic group and played "arena"-style shows at various clubs. She stopped acting following her first marriage, and resumed after her divorce, working extensively in film and television.

Film roles

Talbott worked in film on a regular basis during the 1950s. She appeared in Crashout (1955), the Humphrey Bogart comedy We're No Angels (1955), Lucy Gallant (1955), and All That Heaven Allows (1955).

She appeared in The Oregon Trail with Fred MacMurray as an Indian named Shona.

She later became known as a 'scream queen' after appearing in a number of horror films including The Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957), The Cyclops (1957), I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958), and The Leech Woman (1960).

Her final film role was as Bri Quince, the love interest in the 1966 Western film An Eye for an Eye.

Television roles

In 1955, Talbott appeared in TV Reader's Digest episode America's First Great Lady as Pocahontas.

On November 27, 1956, she starred as Maureen in a science fiction episode of the television anthology series Conflict entitled "Man From 1997". On October 1, 1957, she appeared as Linda Brazwell in the episode "Reluctant Hero" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western television series Sugarfoot, in which her character is involved in a range war with the elderly rancher that Sugarfoot (Will Hutchins) is working for.

Talbott's multiple television credits also includes the syndicated Adventures of Superman, The Range Rider and The Cisco Kid, the NBC western anthology series Frontier, and the syndicated western-themed crime drama, Sheriff of Cochise with John Bromfield. She appeared in the 1956 episode "The Singing Preacher" of the religion anthology series, Crossroads, and in the fourth episode of the first season of Gunsmoke that same year, entitled "Home Surgery", appearing later in the season episodes "Cody's Code", and "The Cousin."

Aired on NBC on January 27, 1958, Talbott played Valya in star/producer John Payne's The Restless Gun, Season 1, Episode 19, "Hang and Be Damned".[4] Talbott was cast in the syndicated American Civil War drama Gray Ghost, the 1958 episode "Fatal Memory" on CBS's Wanted: Dead or Alive (returning for the 1960 episode "Tolliver Bender"), the 1959 episode "Have Sword, Will Duel" of the NBC western Cimarron City, and in the 1961 NBC western Whispering Smith in the role of Cora Gates. She guest-starred as Jenny in the 1958 episode "A Cup of Black Coffee" of the CBS crime drama Richard Diamond, Private Detective. She also guest-starred in several episodes of ABC's Zorro.

In 1960, Talbott made guest-starring appearances as Nora Lanyard and Lucinda Jennings in the episodes "Landlubbers" and "Devil in Skirts" of the NBC western series, Riverboat. She was cast as Sandy in "The Velvet Frame" of the ABC/WB drama, The Roaring 20s. She also appeared in the ABC western series, The Rebel. In 1961, she portrayed Maria Mosner in the episode "The Twenty-Six Paper" of the ABC adventure series, The Islanders. That same year she guest-starred in the episode "Buddy's Wife" of the CBS sitcom Bringing Up Buddy.

She appeared on CBS's Rawhide in the episodes "The Incident of the Calico Gun" (1959), "Incident of the Broken Word" (1960) and "Prairie Elephant" (1961). She appeared in the 1961 episode "Terror in the Afternoon" of the syndicated crime drama The Brothers Brannagan. Talbott made four guest appearances on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason: defendant Eve Nesbitt in "The Case of the Angry Dead Man," Ann Gilrain in "The Case of the Crying Comedian" (both in 1961), co-defendant Bonnie Lloyd in the 1963 episode, "The Case of the Elusive Element," and Minna Rohan in the 1966 episode, "The Case of the Unwelcomed Well."

In 1962 she appeared in an episode of Gunsmoke called "Cody's Code" and in 1963 in an episode entitled "The Cousin." (SuzAnne Barabas and Gabor Barabas (1990). "Gunsmoke: A Complete History And Analysis Of The Legendary Broadcast Series." McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, pp. 533, 549.)

In 1965, Talbott was cast as Kate Melville, a temporary woman sheriff and the daughter of a sheriff who clashes with a judge over courtroom fairness and frontier justice in the episode "Kate Melville and the Law" of the syndicated series, Death Valley Days.[5]


On September 19, 2000, Talbott died of kidney failure while hospitalized in Glendale, California,[1]

Partial filmography


  1. Lentz, Harris M. III (2001). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2000: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 215. ISBN 9780786410248. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  2. Weaver, Tom (2006). Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers: Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, Moguls and Makeup. McFarland. p. 332. ISBN 9780786428588. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  3. "Sweet and Low-Down". IMDB. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  4. "The Restless Gun: Hang And Be Damned". Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  5. "Kate Melville and the Law". Internet Movie Data Base. May 4, 1965. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
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