Gloria Talbott was an amazing American actress famously known for her role in the 1955 movie, All That Heaven Allows. This thespian started her acting career as a child actress and her career spanned over two decades before she stopped appearing in movies and TV shows. Her last film appearance was in the 1966 Western film, An Eye for an Eye, where she portrayed the role of Bri Quince.
Beyond acting, Gloria Talbott lived a fulfilling life, albeit not without hiccups. In her last days, she suffered a series of ailments before her apparent death as a result of kidney failure in the year 2000. Although it has been a long time since she died, her legacy continues to live through her works in movies and TV shows. Read on, as we take you through Gloria Talbott’s bio, career, and other facts you need to know about the late actress below.
Gloria Talbott – Bio
Gloria Talbott was born in Glendale, California. Glendale is a suburb in California which was co-founded by her great-great-grandfather. She came from a wealthy American family and was raised along with her sister named Lori Talbott. Just like Gloria, her sister, Lori also carved a niche for herself as an actress.
While there is scanty of information regarding her childhood life, her parents and family, it is already known that Gloria developed an affinity towards theatre performance when she was very young. As a result of this undeniable passion, she started off as a child actress; thus making her first film appearance in a musical romantic drama film, Maytime in 1937, at the time, she was just 6 years old.
Regarding her education, Talbott was well educated, however, the details of the institutions she attended and the certificates she obtained are not known. The much we know is that she attended acting classes and after her studies, Talbott formed a drama group with which she played arena-style shows at various event centers and clubs in California.
Like we stated above, Gloria Talbott began her acting career at a young age of 6. Her first film was Maytime in 1937. After that, she got another role in the 1944 movie Sweet and Low-down. Three years later, she appeared in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The 1950s saw the actress star in various films as well as television shows. She played an uncredited role in Desert Pursuit as well as We’re Not Married! both in 1952. Later on, she appeared in Northern Patrol (1953), Lucy Gallant, Crashout, All that Heaven Allows, and We’re No Angels, all in 1955. She also portrayed the role of Nora Bawdre alongside Perry Lopez and Walter Coy in the American Western film, The Young Guns in 1956.
The actress was dubbed ‘Scream Queen’ following her appearance in a good number of horror films. Some of which include The Cyclops and The Daughter of Dr. Jekyll, (1957); I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958) and The Leech Woman in 1960. Her last film role was in the 1966 Western film, An Eye for an Eye where she starred as Bri Quince.
While Gloria Talbott appeared in a handful of movies during her active years, her television projects outweighed her film appearances. Some of her notable TV shows include Conflict, Sugarfoot, John Payne’s The Restless Gun, and Gary Ghost. Others are Wanted: Dead or Alive, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Whispering Smith, The Rebel, Riverboat, Death Valley Days, and Zorro, among others.
Family: Spouse and Children
When she was alive, Gloria Talbott married four times. Her first marriage was with an actor named Gene Parrish with whom she had a son named Mark Parrish. The couple got hitched in 1948 and after five years, their marriage ended in divorce which was finalized in 1953. Thereafter, the actress fell in love a second time with Grover Sandy Sanders. After dating for a while, they tied the knot in 1956 and went their separate ways 9 years later in 1965. They didn’t have any kids from their union.
Gloria’s third marriage attempt was with a man named Dr. Steven J. Capabianco and they were together for just two years (1967 – 1969). After their divorce, she married another doctor named Patrick Mullally in 1970. Their union produced a daughter whose name is given as Mea Mullally. It is quite imperative to note that her marriage with Patrick was the longest; they were together for three decades until her sudden demise. She died of kidney failure on 19th September 2000 in a hospital in Glendale, California. Her remains were buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.
Height and Body Measurements
In her heydays, Gloria Talbott was among the most beautiful faces in the American movie industry. She wasn’t the tallest in the industry, she stood 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed a proportional 52 kg. The actress had perfect body measurements of 33-24-33 inches (bust-waist-hips). In addition to her black long hair, she had a pair of romantic dark brown eyes.