Beverly Garland was a fine actress of movies and television for five decades. She began her career opposite Edmond O’Brien in the film noir classic D.O.A. She also pioneered the female cop-genre on television, starring in Decoy during the 1958-59 season. Garland is best known for her co-starring role as Fred MacMurray’s wife on the long-running My Three Sons.
In between, Beverly Garland worked on a number of films for Roger Corman, and guest starred in television shows as Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theatre, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, The Wonderful World of Disney, Rawhide, The Wild Wild West, Mannix, Marcus Welby M.D., Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, Medical Center, Remmington Steele, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, 7th Heaven, and most notably, Scarecrow and Mrs. King.
The busy actress took time to become the owner and operator of a hotel complex, situated on property formerly owned by Gene Autry. Originally a Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge, the Spanish-mission style complex became The Beverly Garland Holiday Inn. Lending her name to the 255-room facility became part of its charming appeal.
On a personal note, I worked with Beverly’s daughter, Carrington Garland, on the NBC daytime soap opera Santa Barbara in 1990. She assumed the role of Kelly Capwell, a part originated by actress Robin Wright. I found the younger Garland to be quite amiable, and of course, incredibly talented.
Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History can now be purchased at Bev’s Boutique, the gift shop on site. It’s located at 4222 Vineland Ave., in the heart of North Hollywood, near Universal Studios.
Beverly Garland passed away on December 5, 2008 at the age of 82. A memorial service and reception was attended by several hundred people on December 13th at her beloved inn.
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