Born Beverly Fessenden in Santa Cruz, California on October 17, 1926, beautiful Beverly Garland sustained an amazing 50+ year career in Hollywood, starring in numerous cult-classic "B" films in the 1950s before switching to television and supporting roles in better pictures in the 1960s. Using her first husband's last name and billed as 'Beverly Campbell' in a few of her early film appearances, in 1952 she married actor Richard Garland and afterward used Garland as her professional name. However, the couple dissolved the union in 1956, at about the point that Beverly Garland's career kicked into high gear.

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LEFT: Early 1950s publicity photo. RIGHT: Universal-International shot from 1956

Throughout the 1950s, Garland worked hard, making more than 20 films and starring in the TV series Decoy, in which she portrayed a female undercover cop. Following her 1959 film The Alligator People, Garland cooled her film career and married businessman and developer Fillmore Crank. By the mid 1960s, Garland began making many television appearances and took roles in several successful series, including The Bing Crosby Show (1964-1965) and the final three seasons of My Three Sons (1960-1972).

Although audiences today largely recognize Garland from her prolific television work, cult film fanatics prize her horror and science fiction films from the 1950s. Her best horror and science fiction titles include It Conquered the World (1956; with Peter Graves and Lee Van Cleef), Not of This Earth (1957; with Paul Birch), and The Alligator People (1959; with Richard Crane and Lon Chaney Jr.). However, Garland was also known for starring in westerns, including Bitter Creek (1954; with Bill Elliott), Gunslinger (1956; with Allison Hayes), Badlands of Montana (1957; with Rex Reason), and The Saga of Hemp Brown (1958; with Rory Calhoun and Russell Johnson).

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Killer Leopard (1954)

Beverly Garland and Johnny Sheffield

From the low-budget Allied Artists 'Bomba' outing Killer Leopard with Johnny Sheffield

Sudden Danger (1956)

Beverly Garland, Bill Elliott, and Tom Drake

With 'Wild' Bill Elliott and Tom Drake in the Allied Artists film noir release Sudden Danger

It Conquered the World (1956)

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LEFT: Garland attempts to save the world by killing the alien life form in AIP's It Conquered the World. RIGHT: Garland argues with husband Lee Van Cleef

Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956)

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With John Bromfield in Universal-International's Curucu, Beast of the Amazon

The Steel Jungle (1956)

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From the Warner Bros. release The Steel Jungle

Badlands of Montana (1957)

Rex Reason and Beverly Garland

With Rex Reason in the western Badlands of Montana

The Joker Is Wild (1957)

Jeanne Crain, Beverly Garland, and Jackie Coogan

From the Paramount musical drama The Joker Is Wild with Jeanne Crain and Jackie Coogan

Naked Paradise (1957)

Beverly Garland and Richard Denning

With Richard Denning in a scene from American International's drama Naked Paradise

Not of This Earth (1957)

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From Roger Corman's Allied Artists science fiction thriller Not of This Earth with Morgan Jones

Decoy (1957-1958 TV Series)

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Publicity photos from Garland's TV series Decoy

The Saga of Hemp Brown (1958)

Trevor Bardette, Beverly Garland, and Rory Calhoun

From the fun Universal-International western The Saga of Hemp Brown with Trevor Bardette and Rory Calhoun. This was one of several westerns in which Garland starred in the late 1950s

The Alligator People (1959)

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LEFT and CENTER: Garland discovers that her new husband (Richard Crane) has been turned into a reptile in The Alligator People. RIGHT: Lobby card

The Bing Crosby Show (1964-1965 ABC TV Series)

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Garland portrayed Bing Crosby's wife in the short-lived ABC situation comedy The Bing Crosby Show

It's My Turn (1980)

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With Jill Clayburgh in the Columbia dramedy It's My Turn

later years

Beverly Garland maintained her acting career to through 2004, even with her ownership of the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in Los Angeles, just a few blocks from the entrance of Universal Studios. Garland's hotel is also the Los Angeles site of Ray and Sharon Court's famed autograph conventions. In terms of acting, Garland had a recurring role on the WB's long-running family drama 7th Heaven (1996-2006), and her final film appearance was in Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure (2003; with Randy Quaid and Fred Willard). Sadly, Beverly Garland passed away on December 5, 2008, at the age of 82. She was survived by a daughter, a son, two stepsons, and a host of grandchildren.

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Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure (2003) with Randy Quaid, Miriam Flynn, Eric Idle, Fred Willard, and Edward Asner
If (2003)
Blood Song (1995) with Ben Cross
King B: A Life in the Movies (1993) with Julie Adams, Steve Allen, Parley Baer, Vince Edwards, Connie Stevens, and Dwayne Hickman
Death Falls (1991) with Rip Torn
Finding the Way Home (1991) with George C. Scott
The World's Oldest Living Bridesmaid (1990) with Donna Mills
Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983) with Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner
This Girl for Hire (1983) with Bess Armstrong, Celeste Holm, Cliff De Young, Hermione Baddeley, Scott Brady, Howard Duff, and Jose Ferrer
Gamble on Love (1982)
It's My Turn (1980) with Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas, and Charles Grodin
Roller Boogie (1979) with Linda Blair, Roger Perry, and James Van Patten
Sixth and Main (1977) with Leslie Nielsen and Roddy McDowall
Airport 1975 (1974) with Charlton Heston, Karen Black, Dana Andrews, George Kennedy, Gloria Swanson, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Linda Blair, and Roy Thinnes
Where the Red Fern Grows (1974) with James Whitmore
The Mad Room (1969) with Stella Stevens and Shelley Winters
Pretty Poison (1968) with Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld
Calhoun: County Agent (1964) with Ken Berry, Jackie Cooper, Howard Duff, Robert Lansing, Barbara Luna, and Barbara Stanwyck
Twice-Told Tales (1963) with Vincent Price, Mari Blanchard, Sebastian Cabot, and Brett Halsey
Stark Fear (1961) with Skip Homeier and Kenneth Tobey
The Alligator People (1959) with Bruce Bennett, Richard Crane and Lon Chaney Jr.
Gundown at Sandoval (1959) with Tom Tryon
The Saga of Hemp Brown (1958) with Rory Calhoun, Russell Johnson, and Yvette Vickers
Chicago Confidential (1957) with Brian Keith and Elisha Cook Jr.
Badlands of Montana (1957) with Rex Reason
The Joker Is Wild (1957) with Frank Sinatra, Mitzi Gaynor, Jeanne Crain, Eddie Albert, and Jackie Coogan
Naked Paradise (1957) with Richard Denning
Not of This Earth (1957) with Paul Birch
It Conquered the World (1956) with Peter Graves and Lee Van Cleef. This film was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000
Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956) with John Bromfield
The Go-Getter (1956) with Ray Collins
The Gunslinger (1956) with Allison Hayes, John Ireland, and Bruno VeSota. This film was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000
The Steel Jungle (1956) with with Allison Hayes, Kenneth Tobey, and Gregory Walcott
New Orleans Uncensored (1955) with Arthur Franz and Michael Ansara; directed by William Castle
Sudden Danger (1955) with Lyle Talbot and Tom Drake
Swamp Women (1955) with Marie Windsor and Mike Connors. This film was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000
Bitter Creek (1954) with Bill Elliot, Claude Akins, and Dabbs Greer
The Desperado (1954) with Lee Van Cleef, Wayne Morris, Dabbs Greer, and Richard Garland
Killer Leopard (1954) with Johnny Sheffield
The Miami Story (1954) with Barry Sullivan and Adele Jergens
The Rocket Man (1954) with Anne Francis, John Agar, Charles Coburn, and Spring Byington
The Glass Web (1953) with Edward G. Robinson, John Forsythe, Kathleen Hughes, Marcia Henderson, and Richard Denning
The Neanderthal Man (1953) with Robert Shayne and Richard Crane
Problem Girls (1953) with Mara Corday, Helen Walker, Ross Elliot, and Joyce Jameson
Fearless Fagan (1952) with Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn, Parley Baer, and Anthony Eisley
D.O.A. (1950) with Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler, and Neville Brand

7th Heaven, recurring role, 1997-2004
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, recurring role, 1995-1997
Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983-1987)
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, syndicated TV series. Garland portrayed Cookie LaRue during the 1976-1977 season
My Three Sons (1969-1972) Tina Cole, who portrayed Garland's step-daughter-in-law on the show, was at one time Garland's actual step-daughter-in-law.
The Bing Crosby Show (1964-1965)
Decoy (1957) Garland portrayed Casey Jones
Mama Rosa (1950)

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Rawhide, episode Incident of the Roman Candles, originally aired September 25, 1959

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