Katherine Justice

Katherine Justice (born October 28, 1942) is an American actress with many television guest star roles in the 1960s on through the 1980s and a few major film roles.[1]

Katherine Justice
Katherine Justice in 1967
Born (1942-10-28) October 28, 1942
Spouse(s)James Brown Jr.

She had a leading role in the made-for-TV movie, Columbo: Prescription Murder (1968), which later became the popular television mystery series Columbo.[2]

She played the recurring role of Sheila Hogan in Falcon Crest starting in 1982. She portrayed Rita Jones in the syndicated drama Dangerous Women (1991).[3]

Early life and education

Justice was born and grew up in Ohio. She briefly was the 1960 Miss Ohio Universe, but wasn't able to compete in the Miss Universe competition when it was discovered she was 17, under the minimum 18 year age limit. The runner up, 19-year-old Corrine Huff, became Miss Ohio USA and was the first Black contestant representing a state in the Miss Universe competition.[4][5] Justice graduated from Carnegie Tech Drama School in 1964.[6][7]


After graduating, Justice went to the Front Street Theater in Memphis for the summer of 1964. From there she performed at Washington's Arena Stage starring as Lola in Damn Yankees, and in other plays like He Who Gets Slapped, Heartbreak House and Hard Travelin'.[8][9] Then for the summer of 1965, she toured with a summer stock company doing Nobody Loves an Albatross.[10]

Justice's first television role was on The Big Valley in 1966. Before she even left the TV studio, she got a major part in the movie The Way West starring Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, and Richard Widmark.[10] Before the release of that movie, she was the mistress and accomplice (third billing) in the made-for-TV movie Prescription: Murder starring Peter Falk as Columbo and Gene Barry as the murderer.[11][12] Her next movie role was the second female lead in 5 Card Stud with Dean Martin and Robert Mitchum starring.[13] Dailies of her convinced Paramount Pictures to sign her for a five-year contract to make five pictures.[14] On March 14, 1967, she was a guest star on the science fiction television series The Invaders portraying a past love in the season one episode, "The Innocents". She guest starred again in 1968 in the season two episode "The Possessed".

Partial filmography


  1. Ward, Jack (1993). Television Guest Stars: An Illustrated Career Chronicle for 678 Performers of the Sixties and Seventies. McFarland & Company. ISBN 9780899508078.
  2. leblogtvnews.com. "La toute première enquête de Columbo rediffusée ce samedi soir. - Leblogtvnews.com". Leblogtvnews.com (in French). Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  3. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 233. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  4. ""Corrine Huff" - Google Search". books.google.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  5. "Florida star". ufdc.ufl.edu. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  6. "Tech Graduate Kathy Justice New Film Star". The Pittsburgh Press. January 3, 1967. p. 41.
  7. "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 29, 1967 · Page 12". Newspapers.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  8. "The Baltimore Sun from Baltimore, Maryland on February 28, 1965 · Page 128". Newspapers.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  9. Sherin, Edwin; Coe, Richard L; Lampell, Millard; Arena Stage (Organization : Washington, D.C.); Richard L. Coe Theater Programs Collection (Library of Congress) (1965). Hard travelin'.
  10. "New Star Created by Hecht". Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York. December 31, 1966. p. 39. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  11. "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 29, 1967 · Page 12". Newspapers.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  12. "Prescription: Murder (1968) Peter Falk, Gene Barry, Katherine Justice, William Windom, Nina Foch - movie review on The Movie Scene". www.themoviescene.co.uk. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  13. "Kathy Justice in 'Five Card'". Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada. February 9, 1968. p. 40. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  14. "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 5, 1968 · Page 20". Newspapers.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
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