Morgan Brittany (born Suzanne Cupito; December 5, 1951) is an American actress, best known for her role as Katherine Wentworth, the scheming younger half-sister of Pamela Ewing and Cliff Barnes, on the prime-time soap opera Dallas.
December 5, 1951
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jack Gill (1981–present)|
|Children||Katie Gill (born 1985)|
Cody Gill (born 1988)
Early child career
Cupito began her career as a child actress at age five in a 1957 episode of the CBS television network anthology series Playhouse 90 (or at that same age in an episode of Sea Hunt). In January 1960, she displayed her talent as a ballet dancer on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show. Three months later, she followed that up with her first of three Twilight Zone episodes, uncredited as a little girl in "Nightmare as a Child", Sissy Johnson in the fourth-season episode, "Valley of the Shadow", and Susan in the fifth-season episode, "Caesar and Me". She appeared in an episode of My Three Sons as Jeannie, the daughter of a busy divorced woman. In 1960, she also appeared in the third season of Sea Hunt, as the girl trapped in a mine cave-in in the episode "Cindy".
She was featured in the musical film Gypsy (1962), as Baby June. She appeared uncredited in the birthday party and school house scenes in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). In 1963, she played the role of Winter Night in the episode "Incident of the Hostages" on CBS's Rawhide. In 1964, she starred as a blind girl called Minerva Gordon in a two-part episode of The Outer Limits entitled "The Inheritors" with Robert Duvall, and appeared in the Western film Stage to Thunder Rock.
She appeared in the final episode of the Western series Branded in 1966, playing the role of an orphaned girl named "Kellie" in an episode of the same name. She was part of the ensemble cast in the film Yours, Mine and Ours (1968), which starred Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda. Cupito was also in the season 8, episode 1 of The Andy Griffith Show titled "Opie's First Love" as Mary Alice.
She appeared on many of the iconic programs of the 1950s and 1960s. She did two episodes of Lassie, "Lassie and the Swamp Girl" and "Little Dog Lost" as "Mattie" in the mid 60's. She followed that up with appearances on Gunsmoke and other iconic shows. At the age of 15, after appearing in Yours, Mine and Ours (1968), her childhood career came to an end and she concentrated on getting her education at Cleveland High School in Reseda, California.
At age 18, Cupito changed her name to Morgan Brittany and then appeared with Gene Kelly in his Las Vegas show, Gene Kelly's Wonderful World of Girls, as a dancer. She then moved to New York City, where she modeled for the Ford Modeling Agency, and appeared in several TV commercials and print ads (including a three-year stint as "The Ultra Brite Toothpaste Girl"), and was spokesmodel for brands such as L'Oreal, Maybelline, Ford, Levi's and Camay. In December 1972, she played 'Cynthia', a childhood friend of Bridget (Meredith Baxter), in episode 12, "The Homecoming" on the series Bridget Loves Bernie. In 1974, she was hired by the Japanese cosmetics company Kanebo to be the "face" of their product "Ireine", and so moved to Tokyo from 1974 to 1976 and traveled around the world as the image of "Kanebo Cosmetics". In 1976, she returned to the United States and restarted her acting career.
Brittany portrayed actress Vivien Leigh in Gable and Lombard (1976) a biography of Clark Gable and Carole Lombard; it was the first of three occasions on which she would play Leigh. She had also done a cameo appearance in the John Schlesinger film The Day of the Locust (1975) as Leigh in the huge mob sequence at the climax of the film. That was followed by TV movies and series, such as The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), Delta County, U.S.A. (1977), The Initiation of Sarah (1978), Death Car on the Freeway (1979), The Dream Merchants (1980) and LBJ: The Early Years (1987). She appeared in the TV movie The Fantastic Seven (aka Stunt Seven) in 1979 with Christopher Lloyd, Patrick Macnee, and Elke Sommer. In 1980, while filming an episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, Brittany met her future husband, stuntman Jack Gill.
She appeared again as Vivien Leigh in the climax of the made-for-TV movie about the search for an actress to star in Gone With the Wind's film adaptation, The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980), which marked the second of her three portrayals of the British actress. This caught the attention of the producers of Dallas, who were searching for an actress to play Katherine Wentworth, the scheming half-sister of Pamela Ewing and Cliff Barnes. She debuted on Dallas in the 1981-82 season and her role as Katherine continued, on and off, until 1987. In 1985, she returned for a cameo in that season's finale where her character killed Bobby Ewing by running him over with a car, killing herself in the process. She made a brief, final appearance on the series in 1987, after it had been revealed that Bobby's and Katherine's deaths had been a dream.
In 1984, Brittany co-starred in the short-lived ABC drama series, Glitter, as Kate Simpson, a reporter for an entertainment magazine. This was one of several collaborations with producer Aaron Spelling throughout her career. Her first show with him had been an appearance in Burke's Law, in 1964 when Brittany was a child. Later, as an adult, she appeared in seven episodes of The Love Boat, Hotel, Fantasy Island, Melrose Place, and the 1990s revival of Burke's Law. She appeared in The Wild Women of Chastity Gulch (1982) starring Joan Collins.
Brittany and Bruce Jenner hosted the syndicated sports show Star Games.:1010 She later hosted over 100 episodes of the magazine show Photoplay, produced by Jack Haley Jr. She has guest starred on other series, including Married... with Children, Murder, She Wrote, The Perry Mason Mysteries, Dear John, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and The Nanny. In film, Brittany starred in Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1989).
During the late 1990s Morgan returned to her dancing and singing roots when she played the title role of Mame in the 30th-anniversary Broadway tour of the musical. She toured 90 cities over a six-month period and received rave reviews for her performance. She followed that up with lead roles in Crazy for You, The Sound of Music (as Maria von Trapp), and Pippin.
Morgan also spent time on the Home Shopping Network selling her line of Victorian porcelain dolls. The Morgan Brittany Collectable Doll collection sold over a million dollars' worth of merchandise in a short period of time in the late 1990s. She then became the spokesperson for the Gale Hayman Cosmetics line which also was sold on HSN in the early 2000s. The skin care/cosmetic line was also highly successful. She also started her own line of children's clothing in the '90s called "Stunt Gear For Kids". It was sold in high-end boutiques as well as Nordstrom stores.
In the 1990s, Brittany appeared in the independent films, including Riders in the Storm (1995), Legend of the Spirit Dog (1997), The Protector (1997), The Biggest Fan (2002), Mothers and Daughters (2006) and Americanizing Shelley (2007). She also appeared in the docudrama, 1 a Minute (2010), and made a guest appearance on the television series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Son of the Beach.
Her first book, along with co-authors Ann-Marie Murrell and Dr. Gina Loudon, What Women Really Want, was released September 2, 2014. She is a recurring guest on Hannity (FOX News), The Rick Amato Show (One America) and has appeared on The Kudlow Report (CNBC), Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Show and Huckabee. Brittany is a co-owner and anchor for PolitiChicks, an online news site with a conservative perspective. Her second book with co-author Ann-Marie Murrell was released in 2017. "PolitiChicks: A Clarion Call to Political Activism" is a compilation book of essays from "PolitiChicks" writers. Morgan now travels the country speaking at major venues like "The Heritage Foundation" and other conservative organizations. She, Murrell and Sonya Sasser are in demand as speakers at major conservative political events all around the country.
She now spends much of her time supporting Republican political candidates, and is involved in raising funds for military/veterans organizations.
During the 1980s, Brittany was a national ambassador for the March of Dimes. She traveled the United States raising funds and bringing awareness to the prevention of birth defects. She participated in the Congressional "Walk" in Washington, D.C., with such members of the House of Representatives as Speaker Tip O'Neill. Her time with the March of Dimes lasted two decades, and during her involvement she was invited to the White House in 1986 with Ronald Reagan and again with Bill Clinton. Brittany splits her time between southern California and Atlanta, Georgia.
- "Morgan Brittany Biography profile at". Filmreference.com. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
- Hughes, Mike (September 13, 1984). "Sexy Morgan Brittany takes on saintly role". The Courier-News. New Jersey, Bridgewater. Gannett News Service. p. 26. Retrieved December 5, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Morgan Brittany on IMDb
- Gypsy (1962) on IMDb
- The Birds (1963) on IMDb
- Delta County, U.S.A. (1977) on IMDb
- The Fantastic Seven, aka Stunt Seven (1979) on IMDb
- The Scarlett O'Hara War (1980 TV movie) on IMDb
- "Morgan Brittany biography at". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 397. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
- "Indian Star Rallies Celebrity Support For Cancer Movie". ContactMusic. December 20, 2016.
- "What Women Really Want: Morgan Brittany, Gina Loudon, Ann-Marie Murrell". Amazon.com. ISBN 9781938067143.
- "Politichicks: Morgan Brittany". PolitiChicks. Retrieved December 20, 2016.