Biography

Vibrant, increasingly lovely teen fave Shelley Fabares withstood the test of time by transitioning successfully into adult parts unlike many of her 1960s "teen queen" peers who faded quickly into the memory books. She was born Michele Marie Fabares on January 19, 1944, in sunny Santa Monica, Californnia. As the niece of singer/comedienne Nanette Fabray, she was indoctrinated early into the show biz life. Tap dancing from age three, she also modeled during her elementary school and began appearing on such TV shows as Captain Midnight (1954) and Annie Oakley (1954) (the latter a recurring role). At age 12, she made her professional film debut in the Rock Hudson/Cornell Borchers tearjerker Never Say Goodbye (1956) as Hudson's daughter, and went on to play kid sister roles in the rock 'n' roll-themed Rock, Pretty Baby! (1956) and its sequel Summer Love (1957) both starring John Saxon.

Teen-idol status came with her coming-of-age role as the ever-wholesome daughter "Mary Stone" on The Donna Reed Show (1958), a part she played for five seasons before embarking on a more grown-up film career. During the run of the classic sitcom, she and TV "brother" Paul Petersen grew so popular that they sprinted to adjoining pop singing celebrity, although both admitted that their vocal talents were limited. Shelley especially enjoyed a #1 Billboard hit with the breathy, sultry-edged "Johnny Angel". The character of "Mary Stone" was gently phased out of the show as her character "left for college".

By this time, Shelley had turned into quite a curvaceous stunner. Her acting mettle hardly tested, she managed to become part of the bikini-clad blonde set with top femme parts in such fun-and-frolic fare as Ride the Wild Surf (1964), Hold On! (1966), which was a vehicle for British singing sensation Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, and three of Elvis Presley's less-acclaimed vehicles of the later 1960s: Girl Happy (1965), Spinout (1966) and Clambake (1967).

Vibrant, increasingly lovely teen fave Shelley Fabares withstood the test of time by transitioning successfully into adult parts unlike many of her 1960s "teen queen" peers who faded quickly into the memory books. She was born Michele Marie Fabares on January 19, 1944, in sunny Santa Monica, Californnia. As the niece of singer/comedienne Nanette Fabray, she was indoctrinated early into the show biz life. Tap dancing from age three, she also modeled during her elementary school and began appearing on such TV shows as Captain Midnight (1954) and Annie Oakley (1954) (the latter a recurring role). At age 12, she made her professional film debut in the Rock Hudson/Cornell Borchers tearjerker Never Say Goodbye (1956) as Hudson's daughter, and went on to play kid sister roles in the rock 'n' roll-themed Rock, Pretty Baby! (1956) and its sequel Summer Love (1957) both starring John Saxon.

Teen-idol status came with her coming-of-age role as the ever-wholesome daughter "Mary Stone" on The Donna Reed Show (1958), a part she played for five seasons before embarking on a more grown-up film career. During the run of the classic sitcom, she and TV "brother" Paul Petersen grew so popular that they sprinted to adjoining pop singing celebrity, although both admitted that their vocal talents were limited. Shelley especially enjoyed a #1 Billboard hit with the breathy, sultry-edged "Johnny Angel". The character of "Mary Stone" was gently phased out of the show as her character "left for college".

By this time, Shelley had turned into quite a curvaceous stunner. Her acting mettle hardly tested, she managed to become part of the bikini-clad blonde set with top femme parts in such fun-and-frolic fare as Ride the Wild Surf (1964), Hold On! (1966), which was a vehicle for British singing sensation Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, and three of Elvis Presley's less-acclaimed vehicles of the later 1960s: Girl Happy (1965), Spinout (1966) and Clambake (1967).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 65

Birthday 1944-01-19

Place of Birth Santa Monica, California, USA

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Also Known As

  • Shelly Fabares

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks as Martha Kent (voice)
1998 Playing to Win: A Moment of Truth Movie as Nancy Erickson
1997 A Nightmare Come True as Lily Zarn
1996 Superman: The Animated Series (9 episodes)
1996 Superman - The Last Son of Krypton as Martha Kent (voice)
1995 The Great Mom Swap as Millie Ridgeway
1995 Your Studio and You as Herself
1993 Deadly Relations as Shirley Fagot
1990 Love or Money as Lu Ann Reed
1989 Coach (199 episodes)
1987 Hot Pursuit as Buffy Cronenberg
1985 Suburban Beat as Mimi
1985 The Canterville Ghost as Lucy
1984 Murder, She Wrote (2 episodes)
1983 Memorial Day as Ellie Walker
1982 Newhart (1 episode)
1982 Matt Houston (1 episode)
1979 Friendships, Secrets and Lies as Mary Alice
1979 Highcliffe Manor (6 episodes) as Helen Straight Blacke
1979 Hello, Larry (2 episodes)
1979 Donovan's Kid as Grace Donovan
1979 Pleasure Cove as Helen Perlmutter
1978 Vega$ (1 episode)
1978 Mork & Mindy (70 episodes)
1978 The Incredible Hulk (1 episode)
1977 Forever Fernwood (8 episodes)
1977 The Love Boat (1 episode) as Cathy
1977 Lucan (1 episode)
1976 Spencer's Pilots (1 episode)
1976 The Practice (27 episodes)
1975 One Day at a Time (210 episodes)
1974 The Rockford Files (1 episode) as Jolene Hyland
1973 Police Story (1 episode)
1972 The Brian Keith Show (47 episodes) as Dr. Anne Jamison
1972 The Rookies (1 episode)
1971 Brian's Song as Joy Piccolo
1970 McCloud (1 episode)
1969 Love, American Style (1 episode) as Sheila
1969 Medical Center (1 episode)
1968 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1 episode)
1968 Lancer (1 episode)
1968 A Time to Sing as Amy Carter
1967 Mannix (1 episode)
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1967 Clambake as Dianne Carter
1966 Spinout as Cynthia Foxhugh
1966 Hold On! as Louisa Page
1965 Girl Happy as Valerie
1964 Daniel Boone (1 episode)
1964 Shindig! (1 episode)
1964 Ride the Wild Surf as Brie Matthews
1963 Mr. Novak (2 episodes)
1963 Arrest and Trial (1 episode)
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)
1958 The Donna Reed Show (1 episode)
1958 Marjorie Morningstar as Guest at Marjorie's Home
1958 Summer Love as Twinkie Daley
1957 Jeanne Eagels as Teenage Girl (uncredited)
1957 Annette (20 episodes)
1956 Rock, Pretty Baby as Teresa "Twinky" Daley
1956 The Bad Seed as Margie (uncredited)
1956 Never Say Goodbye as Suzy Parker
1955 Matinee Theater (1 episode)
1955 The Girl Rush as Young Kim
1953 Letter to Loretta (1 episode)

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