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Sheree North ACTOR


Sheree North was born on January 17th, 1932 in Los Angeles, California with the birth name Dawn Shirley Crang, born to June Shoard and Richard Crang.   

Her career in entertainment began as dancer in USO shows during World War II when she was only ten years old.  She continued working as a dancer in a number of clubs before she broke into he film industry with her debut in 1951 on, "Excuse My Dust".
This role followed with work as a chorus girl in the film, "Here Come the Girls" (1953) and "Living it Up" (1954).  She also was cast in her first role on Broadway in a production of, "Hazel Flagg" a role for which she won a Theatre World Award.

North was then signed by 20th Century Fox and she began working on such films as, "How to Be Very, Very Popular" (1955).  20th Century had all intentions to make North be a competitor with Marilyn Monroe and died her hair bleach blonde and capitalized on North's physical appearance.
She was soon being offered guest television appearances on such shows as, "What's My line?", "Playhouse 90", "The Witness", "The Untouchables", "Gunsmoke", "Breaking Point", "The Great Adventure" and "Ben Casey".
In addition to her numerous television roles she continued to add such film credits to her resume as, "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (1956), "The Way to the Gold" and "No Down Payment" (both 1957).  

As her career in the industry progressed and she left 20th Century Fox she remained adding such film roles as, "Destination Inner Space" (1966), "The Trouble with Girls" (1969) starring Elvis Presley, "Charley Varrick" (1973), "The Shootist" (1976) starring John Wayne in his last film, "Breakout" (1975) and roles on television series such as, "Hawaii Five-O", "Magnum P.I.", "The Golden Girls", "I'm a Big Girl Now", "Bay City Blues" and "Seinfeld", playing Kramer's mother.  

Her last role was in 1998 in the film, "Susan's Plan" and a final stage appearance in, 'The Glass Menagerie" at the Laguna-Moulton Playhouse on January 3rd, 2000. 

Sheree North married four times during her lifetime.  First at the tender age of fifteen to Fred Bessire in 1948 and together they had one child when she was only sixteen years old before the marriage ended in 1952.  She then married John M. Freeman in 1955 however this marriage ended shortly after.  Her third husband was Dr. Gerhardt Sommer whom she married in 1958 and also had one child with before she was once again divorced by 1963.  Her fourth and final husband was Phillip Alan Norman who she married in 2003 and they were together until she passed away on November 4th, 2005 in Los Angeles, California after suffering from complications due to cancer surgery.


1998   Susan's Plan 

1995-1998  Seinfeld

1991   Defenseless 

1991   Dead on the Money

1990   Cold Dog Soup

1985-1989  The Golden Girls

1989   Hunter

1989   Freddy's Nightmares 

1989   Jake Spanner, Private Eye

1988   Maniac Cop 

1987   Murder, She Wrote 

1986   Matlock 

1986   ABC Afterschool Specials 

1985   Trapper John, M.D. 

1984   Scorned and Swindled

1984   Magnum, P.I. 

1983   Bay City Blues

1983   Legs

1982   Gemini

1980-1981  I'm a Big Girl Now 

1980   Marilyn: The Untold Story 

1979   A Christmas for Boomer

1979   Archie Bunker's Place 

1979   Portrait of a Stripper 

1979   Women in White

1979   Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill 

1979   Only Once in a Lifetime 

1978   A Real American Hero 

1978   Rabbit Test 

1978   Fantasy Island 

1977   Have I Got a Christmas for You 

1977   Telefon

1977   The Night They Took Miss Beautiful 

1977   Westside Medical 

1977   Future Cop

1977   Baretta 

1977   Switch

1976   Family

1976   The Shootist 

1976   Most Wante

1976   Marcus Welby, M.D.

1976   Survival

1975   Big Eddie 

1971-1975  Medical Center

1975   Breakout 

1975   A Shadow in the Streets

1974-1975  Mary Tyler Moore 

1974   Movin' On

1974   The Whirlwind

1974   Wide World Mystery 

1974   Barnaby Jones

1974   Hawaii Five-O 

1974   Kojak 

1974   Winter Kill

1974   Hec Ramsey 

1973   Key West

1973   Maneater 

1973   The Outfit

1973   The Streets of San Francisco

1973   Hawkins 

1973   Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law 

1973   Charley Varrick 

1973   Kung Fu 

1973   Snatched 

1973   McMillan & Wife 

1973   Trouble Comes to Town 

1972   Jigsaw 

1972   Cannon 

1972   Rolling Man

1972   Alias Smith and Jones

1971   The Organization 

1971   The Smith Family

1971   Lawman

1971   Vanished

1971   The Interns 

1970   The Most Deadly Game 

1970   The Name of the Game 

1969   The Trouble with Girls 

1969   The Gypsy Moths

1969   My Friend Tony 

1969   Then Came Bronson

1968   Here Come the Brides 

1968   Mannix 

1968   Madigan 

1965-1967  The Fugitive 

1965-1967  Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 

1967   Code Name: Heraclitus 

1966   Iron Horse

1966   The Big Valley

1966   Run for Your Life 

1966   Destination Inner Space 

1964-1966  The Virginian 

1965   The Loner 

1963-1965  Burke's Law

1964   Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine 

1964   The Greatest Show on Earth

1963-1964  Ben Casey

1964   The Great Adventure

1963   Breaking Point

1963   The Eleventh Hour

1963   Gunsmoke 

1963   The Untouchables

1961   The Witness

1958   Mardi Gras 

1958   In Love and War 

1957   No Down Payment 

1957   Playhouse 90 

1957   The Way to the Gold

1956   The Best Things in Life Are Free 

1956   The Lieutenant Wore Skirts 

1955   How to Be Very, Very Popular 

1954   Shower of Stars

1954   Living It Up 

1954   The Red Skelton Hour

1954   The Colgate Comedy Hour

1953   Here Come the Girls

1951   Excuse My Dust

Matinee Classics - Telefon starring Charles Bronson, Lee Remick, Donald Pleasence, Tyne Daly, Alan Badel, Patrick Magee, Sheree North, Frank Marth, John Mitchum, Ed Bakey and Hank Brandt
Matinee Classics - The Bing Crosby Show starring Bing Crosby, Jack Benny and Sheree North

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