Abby Dalton is an American actress who is known for her numerous roles on television especially the very popular prime time television show Falcon Crest on CBS in which she played the character Julia Cumson, the disturbed and homicidal daughter of Angela Channing played by the iconic Jane Wyman, and the mother to a young boy called Lance Cumson played by Lorenzo Lamas. She also featured in the ABC series Maverick, as the gorgeous character that Clint Eastwood and James Garner threw blows over. Followers of old NBC westerns may recognise her from Jefferson Drum, in which she starred alongside Jeff Richards who played a crusading journalist, as well as her guest appearance in Sugarfoot alongside Will Hutchings who was the lead protagonist.
This actress has received numerous recognitions and awards for the characters she has portrayed in several movies. Thanks to Abby’s gorgeous on-screen personality, as well as her innate acting abilities, she has been able to win thousands of fans across the globe who follow her work dedicatedly. Some of her other works include Days and Nights, The Feather and Father Gang, Gunfighter, Girls on the Loose, Stake Out on Dope Street, A Whale of a Tale, Way of The West, Hennessey, The Joey Bishop Show, Adams of Eagle Lake, Barney Miller, and The Match Game.
Abby Dalton Bio & Age
Abby was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 15, 1935, as Marlene Wasden. She developed a love for acting very young and decided to change her name to Abby Dalton because it was more appealing. Like most actors and actresses, abbey began her career auditioning and playing small roles in unmemorable television series and films. However, her first major appearance was in an episode of Maverick called Duel at Sundown in which she played the damsel that James Garner and Clint Eastwood fought over. She went on to star in Have Gun Will Travel in which she played the love interest of actor Richard Boone who played a gunslinger.
The fast-rising actress scored a role on the hit television series Hennessey starring alongside Jackie Cooper and earning an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of the nurse Martha Hale. From 1962 to 1965, Abby played Ellie Barnes, Joey Bishop’s wife on the Joey Bishop Show. She served as a panellist on the syndicated television show Match Game, as well as Hollywood Squares, Super Password, and Here’s Hollywood. After her role in ABC’s Barney Miller was recast when the show’s pilot was rejected, she went on to appear in some episodes of The Feather and Father Gang, a crime drama.
Abby’s biggest role today was in the 1980s drama Falcon Crest in which she played Julia Cumson, a troubled woman who hated her mother. In the second season, she was revealed to be capable of murder, while the third season showed her struggling to survive in prison and the mental health institution, where she escapes from and tries to kill her mother. By the end of the last episode of the fourth season, it was believed that her character had been killed, but it was later revealed that she was still alive. Abby Dalton returned infrequently to feature in the fifth and sixth seasons and was written off the show entirely after 1986. She went on to make guest appearances on Murder, She Wrote and Hotel.
The prolific actress also enjoyed ample screen time on the big screen starring in movies such as Teenage Doll, The High Cost of Loving, Carnival Rock, Rock All Night, The Plainsman, Cyber Tracker, Buck and the Magic Bracelet, Prank, and Girls on the Loose.
Her Husband and Children
Abby Dalton has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Jack David Smith; after dating for a while, the couple tied the knot on the 22nd of December 1960. However, the marriage ended in 1972 when they filed for divorce. Abbie and Jack have three children together including the actress Kathleen Kinmont, and the actor and writer Matthew David Smith.
Kathleen was briefly married to her mother’s Falcon Crest co-star Lorenzo Lamas, and Jere Burns. She is known for her roles in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and CIA Code Name: Alexa. Her son Matthew is known for Cyber Tracker and Mrs Sweeny amongst others. Abby later married Joe Mondragon, but the marriage imploded too.
Height and Body Measurements
Abby Dalton was easily one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood from the 50s through 80s. She had good facial structure and a wonderful figure that no doubt contributed to her success in film and television. Abby is 5 ft. 6 in. tall and she weighs 143 pounds (65 kilograms). Her body measurements are 38-30-37 inches for bust, waist, and hips respectively. Despite being old and wrinkled now, Abby still retains some of her past beauty.
Where Is She Now?
After nearly four decades of an active acting career, Abby has given most of it up for a quiet life with her family. She enjoys being a grandmother, tending to the things that bring her joy, and thinking fondly about the days that have gone by while spending time with her friends who are still alive and her Falcon Crest castmates. She has not taken up any acting roles since 1995 and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. Abby Dalton has also taken up volunteer work which she loves.