Sian Barbara Allen

Sian Barbara Allen (born July 12, 1946)[1] is an American former actress who mainly appeared on television throughout the 1970s. A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Allen studied at the Pasadena Playhouse before appearing in her first screen role on the series O'Hara, U.S. Treasury in 1971. She went on to appear in numerous television series in the ensuing years, including recurring appearances on The Waltons, Gunsmoke, and Ironside.

Sian Barbara Allen
Allen in The Bold Ones (1972)
Barbara Susan Pokrass

(1946-07-12) July 12, 1946
Alma materPasadena Playhouse
Peter Gelblum (m. 19792001)

She also starred in several television films, including Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973) and The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976). In addition to her television credits, Allen starred in two feature films: the thriller You'll Like My Mother (1972) and the Western Billy Two Hats (1974). For her performance in You'll Like My Mother, Allen was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.


She studied at the Pasadena Playhouse (1964–1965).[2] She appeared in You'll Like My Mother (1972), starring Patty Duke, Rosemary Murphy and Richard Thomas.[3] For this role, Allen was nominated for the 1973 Golden Globe Award as Most Promising New Actress.[4]

She later appeared in two episodes of the popular TV series The Waltons (1973) as Jenny Pendleton, an early love interest of John-Boy Walton (reuniting her with Thomas, who played John-Boy and with whom she had appeared in You'll Like My Mother the previous year). Allen and Thomas were themselves described as "together these days", and Thomas wanted Allen to play the Pendleton role.[2][5] She played the title role in the 1973 ABC Movie of the Week, Scream, Pretty Peggy.[6]

Allen appeared on television programs such as Captains and the Kings, The Incredible Hulk, Ironside, The Rockford Files, Alias Smith and Jones, Bonanza, Kojak, Gunsmoke, Love, American Style, Columbo: Lovely but Lethal, Cagney & Lacey, Adam-12, and Hawaii Five-O. In 1974 she was the lead actress in the western Billy Two Hats, alongside Gregory Peck and Jack Warden.[7] In 1976, she portrayed Anne Morrow Lindbergh in the television movie The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, based on the real-life Lindbergh baby kidnapping/murder.[8] Her last role was in an episode of L.A. Law in 1990, after which she retired from acting.[9]

Personal life

She married and had a daughter. Her own mother and father divorced around 1965. She is the older sister of flash fiction author, editor and teacher Meg Pokrass.


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1971O'Hara, U.S. TreasurySheridan LeeEpisode: "Operation: Time Fuse"
1971Alias Smith and JonesSister GraceEpisode: "Six Strangers at Apache Springs"
1971GunsmokeAllie Dawson3 episodes
1972The ScarecrowAmelia ReddingtonTelevision film
1972The Bold Ones: The LawyersLauren HazelwoodEpisode: "In Sudden Darkness"
1972Owen Marshall, Counselor at LawMeredith CarsonEpisode: "Shine a Light on Me"
1972The F.B.I.Bridy NolanEpisode: "The Set-Up"
1972The Family RicoNoraTelevision film
1972You'll Like My MotherKathleenNominated – Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
1972BonanzaTeresa BurnsideEpisode: "Ambush at Rio Lobo"
1973Love, American StyleJaneSegment: "Love and the Happy Family"
1973ColumboShirley BlaineEpisode: "Lovely but Lethal"
1973The WaltonsJenny Pendleton2 episodes
1973Scream, Pretty PeggyPeggy JohnsonTelevision film
1974Billy Two HatsEsther Spencer
1974KojakLyndsey WalkerEpisode: "Down a Long and Lonely River"
1971–1974Marcus Welby, M.D.Various3 episodes
1972–1974IronsideSusan Todd / Jane Spencer3 episodes
1974The Rockford FilesSandra TurkelEpisode: "Tall Woman in Red Wagon"
1974Lucas TannerDonnaEpisode: "A Question of Privacy"
1974Adam-12SparkyEpisode: "Something Worth Dying For: Part 1"
1975EricMarilyn Porter
1976The Lindbergh Kidnapping CaseAnne Morrow LindberghTelevision film
1976Police StoryDana VernonEpisode: "The Other Side of the Badge"
1976Captains and the KingsCara LeslieMiniseries
1976Smash-Up on Interstate 5Barbara HuttonTelevision film
1977Kingston: ConfidentialCynthia MarloweEpisode: "The Cult"
1977Hawaii Five-OKati ParisaEpisode: "East Wind - Ill Wind"
1978BarettaEllenEpisode: "The Appointment"
1978W.E.B.Angelica HuttonEpisode: "To Angelica with Love"
1978Sword of JusticeEmily LangEpisode: "Aloha, Julie Lang"
1979The Incredible HulkKathy AllenEpisode: "The Quiet Room"
1981DarkroomBrendaEpisode: "Make-Up"
1988Cagney & LaceyRhoda DugganEpisode: "A Fair Shake: Part 2"
1990L.A. LawDiane CampbellEpisode: "Whatever Happened to Hannah?"


  1. Erickson, Hal. "Sian Barbara Allen". Fandango. AllRovi. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  2. Kleiner, Dick (February 10, 1973). "The Girl John-Boy waited for". The Morning Record. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  3. "You'll Like My Mother (1972)". Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  4. "New Star Of The Year - Actress". Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  5. "Sian Barbara Allen Profile". The Waltons. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  6. "Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973)". Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  7. Crist, Judith (May 6, 1974). Spécialité De La Maison. New York Magazine. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  8. Burt, Daniel S. (2001). The biography book. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 251. ISBN 978-1-57356-256-0. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  9. Allen, Sian Barbara. "Sian Barbara Allen". Fictionaut. Retrieved 12 August 2018. (Quote from Fictionaut profile: "i was ready to give up after retiring from acting and now writing is saving my spirit.")

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