Fabares at the 1991 Emmy Awards
Michele Ann Marie Fabares|
January 19, 1944
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Other names||Shelly Fabares|
Lou Adler (m. 1964; div. 1980)|
Mike Farrell (m. 1984)
|Relatives||Nanette Fabray (Aunt)|
Michele Ann Marie "Shelley" Fabares (//; born January 19, 1944) is an American actress and singer. Fabares is known for her roles as Donna Reed's daughter Mary Stone on The Donna Reed Show (1958–1963), and as Hayden Fox's love interest (and eventual wife) Christine Armstrong on the sitcom Coach (1989–1997). She was Elvis Presley's co-star in three films. In 1962, her recording of "Johnny Angel" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Early life and career
Michele Ann Marie Fabares was born in Santa Monica, California. She is the niece of actress Nanette Fabray. Fabares began acting at age three, and at age 10 made her television debut in an episode of Letter to Loretta. After guest-starring on various television series, Fabares landed the role of Mary Stone in the long-running family sitcom The Donna Reed Show.
Her national popularity led to a recording contract and two "Top 40" hits, including "Johnny Angel," which went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1962, and peaked at number 41 in the UK. It sold over one million copies and was certified gold. Fabares left The Donna Reed Show in 1963 (she would return periodically until its end in 1966) to pursue a film career. She appeared in a number of motion pictures, including three Elvis Presley movies: Girl Happy (1965), Spinout (1966), and Clambake (1967), the most by any one actress. In two other 1960s movies, she played the love interest of Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits in Hold On! and of a young Hank Williams, Jr. in A Time to Sing.
During the 1970s, Fabares appeared on several television series, including Love, American Style, The Rockford Files, The Interns, Mannix, The Practice, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and Fantasy Island. In 1971, she starred along with Billy Dee Williams and James Caan in the successful TV movie Brian's Song, the true story of terminally ill Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo. Caan played Piccolo, and she played his wife, Joy. In 1981, Fabares played Francine Webster on One Day at a Time, a role she reprised throughout the series' run.
In 1989, she won the role of Christine Armstrong Fox on the ABC sitcom Coach. For her work, Fabares was nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy Award, and in 1994, she was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award for her role as Mary Stone on The Donna Reed Show. After Coach ended in 1997, Fabares voiced the role of Martha "Ma" Kent in Superman: The Animated Series. She reprised the role twice, once for a 2003 episode of Justice League and again for the 2006 direct-to-video film Superman: Brainiac Attacks.
Fabares was a lifelong friend of Annette Funicello, whom she met in catechism class in the seventh grade. She was at Annette's bedside with her family when she died of multiple sclerosis on April 8, 2013.
Fabares married record and movie producer Lou Adler in June 1964, separated in 1966, and was divorced in 1980. In 1984, she married actor Mike Farrell, and is stepmother to his two children, Erin and Michael.
|1955||The Girl Rush||Kim - Age 9||Uncredited|
|1956||Never Say Goodbye||Suzy Parker|
|1956||The Bad Seed||Margie||Uncredited|
|1957||Jeanne Eagels||Teenage Girl||Uncredited|
|1958||Summer Love||Twinkie Daley|
|1958||Marjorie Morningstar||Seth's Girl Friend||Uncredited|
|1964||Ride the Wild Surf||Brie Matthews|
|1965||Girl Happy||Valerie Frank|
|1966||Hold On!||Louisa Page||Alternative title: There's No Place Like Space|
|1968||A Time to Sing||Amy Carter|
|1987||Hot Pursuit||Buffy Cronenberg|
|1990||Love or Money||LuAnn Reed||Alternative title: For Love or Money|
|2006||Superman: Brainiac Attacks||Martha Kent (Voice)||Direct-to-video release|
|1954–1958||Letter to Loretta|| Marie Schumann
|1955||Producers' Showcase||Rebecca Gibbs||1 episode|
|1955||Matinee Theater||Young Cathy||1 episode|
|1955||Captain Midnight||Mary Kingsley||1 episode|
|1956||Annie Oakley||Prudy Warren||1 episode|
|1957||Fury||Midge Mallon||1 episode|
|1958||Walt Disney Presents: Annette||Moselle Corey||15 episodes|
|1958–1965||The Donna Reed Show||Mary Stone||191 episodes|
|1959||The Rebel||Nora Hendry||1 episode|
|1963||Mr. Novak||Dani Cooper||2 episodes|
|1964||The Eleventh Hour||Carol Hamilton||1 episode|
|1964||Arrest and Trial||Donna Blaney||1 episode|
|1964||The Twilight Zone||Ellen Tillman||1 episode|
|1968||The Ghost & Mrs. Muir||Vanessa||1 episode|
|1969||Daniel Boone||Charity Brown||1 episode|
|1969||Lancer||Melissa Harper||1 episode|
|1969||Bracken's World||Hilary Saxon||1 episode|
|1969||Medical Center||"Mike" Carter||1 episode|
|1971||Longstreet||Marianne Franklin||1 episode|
|1971||Brian's Song||Joy Piccolo||Television movie|
|1971||Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law||Lorraine Latham||1 episode|
|1972||McCloud||Natalie Rudell||1 episode|
|1972||Cade's County||Stephanie||1 episode|
|1972||The Brian Keith Show||Dr. Anne Jamison||Unknown episodes|
|1974||Police Story||Annette Weiner||1 episode|
|1974||Ironside||Charlotte Black||1 episode|
|1974||The Rockford Files||Jolene Hyland||1 episode|
|1975||The Rookies||Ann McNeal||1 episode|
|1975||Matt Helm||Chris/Tina||1 episode|
|1975||Barnaby Jones||Susan Burke||1 episode|
|1976||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Norma Fritchie||1 episode|
|1976||Spencer's Pilots||Annette||1 episode|
|1976-1977||The Practice||Jenny Bedford||27 episodes|
|1977–1978||Forever Fernwood||Eleanor Major||Unknown episodes|
|1978||Vega$||Linda Stockwood||1 episode|
|1978||The Incredible Hulk||Holly Cooper||1 episode|
|1978–1984||One Day at a Time||Francine Webster||23 episodes|
|1979||Hello, Larry||Marion Alder||3 episodes|
|1979||Highcliffe Manor||Helen||6 episodes|
|1980–1981||Mork & Mindy||Cathy||3 episodes|
|1980–1985||The Love Boat||Various roles||3 episodes|
|1983||Matt Houston||Barbara Newton||1 episode|
|1983||ABC Afterschool Special||Fran Brogliatti||1 episode|
|1983||Memorial Day||Ellie Walker||Television movie|
|1985||The Canterville Ghost||Lucy||Television movie|
|1985||Suburban Beat||Mimi||Television movie|
|1987||Newhart||Diane Beckwith||1 episode|
|1988||Run Till You Fall||Kathy Reuben||Television movie|
|1989||Murder, She Wrote||Liza Caspar||2 episodes|
|1989–1997||Coach||Christine Armstrong||199 episodes|
|1993||Deadly Relations||Shirley Fagot||Television movie|
|1995||The Great Mom Swap||Millie Ridgeway||Television movie|
|1996||Superman: The Last Son of Krypton||Martha Kent (Voice)||Television movie|
|1996–1998||Superman: The Animated Series||Martha Kent (Voice)||8 episodes|
|1997||A Nightmare Come True||Lily Zarn||Television movie|
|1998||Playing to Win: A Moment of Truth Movie||Nancy Erickson||Television movie|
|2003||Justice League||Ma Kent (Voice)||1 episode|
- Shelley! -- Colpix CP-426 (Mono)/SCP-426 (Stereo) -- #106, 7/62
- The Things We Did Last Summer—Colpix CP-431/SCP-431 -- #121, 10/62
- Teenage Triangle—Colpix CP-444/SCP-444 -- #48, 5/63
- Bye Bye Birdie—Colpix CP-454/SCP-454—1963
- Songs from the movie sung by Shelley, The Marcels, James Darren and Paul Petersen
- More Teenage Triangle—Colpix CP-468/SCP-468—1964
- Second compilation featuring Shelley, James Darren and Paul Petersen
- "Spring Fever" (1965) w/Elvis Presley from the movie Girl Happy (The soundtrack album only features Elvis' vocals)
- "Make Me Happy" (March 1966) from the movie soundtrack of Hold On! MGM Records
- "Next Time I Say Goodbye I'm Leaving" (1968) from the movie soundtrack of A Time to Sing (Music From The Original Soundtrack) MCA Records– MCA-1458
- Rare Items And Big Hits Colpix (1989)
- The Best of Shelley Fabares Rhino R2 71651—1994
- Shelley Fabares Johnny Angel Collectables #9931 July 2005
- Shelley Fabares Meets Paul Petersen Collectables Records July 2009
- Growing Up-The 1962 Recordings Jasmine 2014
|Year||Title||B-Side||U.S.||Label and number|
|February 1962||"Johnny Angel"||"Where's It Gonna Get Me"||1||Colpix 621|
|April 1962||"What Did They Do Before Rock 'n' Roll"(with Paul Petersen)||"Very Unlikely"
(with Paul Petersen)
|May 1962||"Johnny Loves Me"||"I'm Growing Up"||21||Colpix 636|
|August 1962||"The Things We Did Last Summer"||"Breaking Up is Hard to Do"||46||Colpix 654|
|December 1962||"Telephone (Won't You Ring)"||"Big Star"||109||Colpix 667|
|March 1963||"Ronnie, Call Me When You Get a Chance"||"I Left a Note to Say Goodbye"||72||Colpix 682|
|October 1963||"Welcome Home"||"Billy Boy"||Colpix 705|
|January 1964||"Football Season's Over"||"He Don't Love Me"||Colpix 721|
|September 1964||"I Know You'll Be There"||"Lost Summer Love"||Vee-Jay VJ632|
|May 1965||"My Prayer"||"Pretty Please"||Dunhill D-4001|
|August 1966||"See Ya 'Round On the Rebound"||"Pretty Please"||Dunhill D-4041|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Result||Category||Film or series|
|1993||Primetime Emmy Award||Nominated||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Coach|
|1965||Laurel Awards||Nominated||New Faces, Female|
|2004||TV Land Award||Nominated||Favorite Teen Dream - Female||The Donna Reed Show|
|1994||Young Artist Award||Won||Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award||The Donna Reed Show|
- Strodder, Chris (2000). Swingin' Chicks of the '60s: A Tribute to 101 of the Decade's Defining Women. Cedco Pub. p. 35. ISBN 0-7683-2232-4.
- Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits: The Inside Story Behind Every Number One Single on Billboard's Hot 100 from 1955 to the Present (5 ed.). Billboard Books. p. 107. ISBN 0-8230-7677-6.
- "Shelley Fabares - Johnny Angel". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 145. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- Lisanti, Tom (2000). Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema: Interviews With 20 Actresses From Biker, Beach and Elvis Movies. McFarland. p. 283. ISBN 0-7864-0868-5.
- "15th Annual Youth in Film Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved 2011-03-31.
- Sanz, Cynthia (1991-04-15). "Shelley Fabares Fell for a Former M*A*S*H-Er, Mike Farrell". People. 35: 72. ISSN 0093-7673.
- "Shelley Fabares - The Private Life and Times of Shelley Fabares. Shelley Fabares Pictures". Glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- Slaughter, Adele (2002-04-24). "Shelley Fabares 'coaches' life-giving game plan". usatoday.com. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
- April 4, 2012. "Shelley Fabares: Illness and Liver Transplant - MedicineNet - Health and Medical Information Produced by Doctors". MedicineNet. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- "Shelley Fabares". AllMusic. 1944-01-19. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (6th ed.). New York: Watson-Guptill Publications. p. 212. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6.
- "Shelley Fabares". AllMusic. 1944-01-19. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- Whitburn, Joel (2005). Bubbling Under The Billboard Hot 100 1959-2004 (2nd ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 94. ISBN 0-89820-162-4.
- Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (10th ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 234. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
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