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Shelley Fabares ACTOR

Shelley Fabares was born on January 19th, 1944 in Santa Monica, California with the birth name Michele Marie Fabares.  From early on in life she was exposed to the life of show business as her aunt was singer and comedienne, Nanette Fabray.  She took up tap dancing lessons from the age of three and was also involved in modeling during elementary school age.  
By the age of eleven she was already making television appearances on such series as, "Captain Midnight" (1954), "Annie Oakley" (1954) and soon her film debut on, "Never Say Goodbye" (1956) followed by another role that same year in the film, "Rock, Pretty Baby".
In 1958 she was cast for five seasons on, "The Donna Reed Show" and her popularity continued to increase.  She did not have any issues transitioning in the industry from child actress, to teen idol star to adult actress. 

"Johnny Angel" is the debut pop single by Shelley Fabares released in 1962 and it was the first single taken from her debut solo album Shelley! and premiered on an episode of Fabares' sitcom, "The Donna Reed Show" during the fourth season and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 7, 1962.

Coincidently another singer debuted his hit single also on "The Donna Reed Show", titled "My Dad" performed by Paul Peterson who played her brother, Jeff Stone. 

She had also developed into quite a stunning lady that roles were highly available to her.  She continued to make appearances on such film features as, "Ride the Wild Surf" (1964), "Hold On!" (1966), "Girl Happy" (1965), "Spinout" (1966) and "Clambake" (1967) the latter three all starring Elvis Presley.    
As her career progressed she continued in films but also was seen on television.  Her role on the sitcom, "One Day at a Time" (1975) was successful just as her roles in the films, "The Practice" (1976) and "Highcliffe Manor" (1979).  She also worked for eight seasons on the series, "Coach" for which she also earned two Emmy nominations.
Other television shows she also had a presence on were, "Love, American Style", "The Rockford Files", "Mannix" and "Fantasy Island".  She was diagnosed in the late 90's with auto-immune hepatitis, however she was able to over come the illness after receiving a life saving transplant in 2000.  
She has been married twice.  Her first husband was Lou Adler a record producer whom she wed in 1964.  The couple was separated for fourteen years before the divorce finalized in 1980.  She then married her current husband, actor, Mike Farrell in 1984 and she is the step-mother to his two children from a prior marriage. 
For the most part, Fabares remains out of the limelight in the industry with just an occasional appearance in 2006 in, "Superman: Braniac Attacks" which went direct-to-video film. 


2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks
2003 Justice League 
1996-1999 Superman 
1998 Biography 
1998 Playing to Win: A Moment of Truth Movie 
1989-1997 Coach 
1997 A Nightmare Come True 
1996 Superman: The Last Son of Krypton 
1995 The Great Mom Swap
1995 A Whole New Ballgame 
1993 Deadly Relations 
1990 Love or Money 
1989 Murder, She Wrote 
1988 Run Till You Fall 
1987 Hot Pursuit
1987 Newhart
1985 Suburban Beat 
1980-1985 The Love Boat
1985 The Canterville Ghost 
1978-1984 One Day at a Time 
1983 Memorial Day 
1983 ABC Afterschool Specials 
1983 Matt Houston
1980-1981 Mork & Mindy
1978-1981 Fantasy Island 
1980 Gridlock 
1979 Friendships, Secrets and Lies 
1979 Hello, Larry 
1979 Highcliffe Manor 
1979 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 
1979 Donovan's Kid 
1979 Pleasure Cove 
1978 The Incredible Hulk 
1978 Vega$ 
1977-1978 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 
1976-1977 The Practice 
1977 Forever Fernwood 
1976 Marcus Welby, M.D. 
1975 Barnaby Jones 
1969-1975 Medical Center 
1975 Medical Story
1975 Matt Helm
1975 Sky Heist 
1975 The Rookies
1974 The Rockford Files
1974 Ironside
1974 Police Story
1972-1974 The Brian Keith Show 
1972 Cade's County 
1972 Two for the Money 
1972 McCloud
1969-1972 Love, American Style
1971 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law 
1971 Brian's Song 
1971 Longstreet
1971 Mannix 
1971 The Interns 
1969 Bracken's World 
1969 Lancer 
1969 Daniel Boone 
1968 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir 
1968 A Time to Sing 
1967 Clambake 
1966 Spinout 
1966 Meet Me in St. Louis 
1966 Hold On! 
1958-1965 The Donna Reed Show
1965 Girl Happy
1964 Ride the Wild Surf 
1964 Twilight Zone 
1964 Arrest and Trial 
1964 The Eleventh Hour 
1963 Mr. Novak 
1959 The Rebel 
1954-1958 The Loretta Young Show 
1958 Marjorie Morningstar
1958 Summer Love
1958 Walt Disney Presents: Annette 
1957 Jeanne Eagels 
1957 Fury
1956 Rock, Pretty Baby 
1956 Annie Oakley 
1956 The Bad Seed 
1956 Never Say Goodbye
1955 Captain Midnight
1955 Matinee Theatre 
1955 The Girl Rush
1955 Producers' Showcase 

Matinee Classics - The Donna Reed Show starring Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares and Paul Peterson
Matinee Classics - The Donna Reed Show starring Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares and Paul Peterson
Matinee Classics - Clambake starring Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Will Hutchins, Bill Bixby, Gary Merrill, James Gregory, Teri Garr and Marj Dusay
Matinee Classics - Never Say Goodbye starring Rock Hudson, Cornell Borchers, George Sanders, Shelley Fabares, Ray Collins, David Janssen, Helen Wallace, John Wengraf, Raymond Greenleaf, Max Showalter, John Banner, Jerry Paris, Else Neft and Clint Eastwood
Matinee Classics - Rock, Pretty Baby starring Sal Mineo, John Saxon, Luana Patten, Edwart Platt, Fay Wray, Roc McKuen, John Wilder, Alan Reed Jr., Douglas Fowley, Bob Courtney and Shelley Fabares
Matinee Classics - Spinout starring Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Diane McBain, Dodie Marshall, Deborah Walley, Jack Mullaney, Will Hutchins, Warren Berlinger, Jimmy Hawkins, Carl Betz,Cecil Kellaway, Una Merkel and Frederick Worlock

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