Sheree was born in LA, California as Dawn Shirley Crang to June Shoard and Richard Crang. Her name changed to Dawn Shirley Bethel when her mother got married for the second time to Edward Bethel. During World War II, when she was ten years old, she began dancing in USO. She got married to Fred Bessire when she was sixteen years old in 1948. She gave birth when she was seventeen years old in 1949. She did not stop dancing and used the stage name, Sherley Mae Bessire. Her debut in the film industry was marked by her part in Excuse my Dust in 1951.

She had a role in the movie as an extra which was unaccredited. While performing in a club in Santa Monica, she got noticed by a choreographer which led her to become a chorus girl in Here Come the Girls in 1953. She changed her name to Sheree North around this time. She won a Theater World Award because of her first Broadway performance in a musical called Hazel Flagg. She got the same role in the film version of the musical alongside Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. In 1954, she was a part of The Colgate Comedy Hour which had a TV version of Anything Goes by Cole Porter.

In 1954, she got a four-year contract with 20th Century Fox which was set to groom and transfer from her into a success as great as their former star as Marilyn Monroe. She was supposed to be given roles in two upcoming movies earlier made for Monroe. But in the end, after testing North, she wasn’t given any of the movies. In 1954, she had an experience with a slight scandal when it was stated that he had danced in an erotic movie wearing a bikini. Fox, however, gained benefits from this news like it had done with Monroe. In 1955, she was given another Monroe-rejected role in How To Be Very, Very Popular. The film got mixed reviews and was a moderate success. Another Monroe-related fame was passed her way when Life magazine had her on their cover and claimed that North was supposedly taking over Marilyn’s career.

Another attempt made by Fox to popularise North was to cast her in projects that had famous actors. Their plan was to cast her with Tom Ewell in a comedy and expected it to have the same effect it had when Ewell and Monroe came together in The Seven Year Itch in 1955. The movie was The Lieutenant Wore Skirts in which North appeared with Tom, but the plan became a big failure when her poses were cropped, and only her legs were displayed with the caption ‘’Believe it or not, these legs belong to an army lieutenant’’. The film was commercially a success. Fox attempted to create a solid fan base for North one last time with the musical The Best Things in Life Are Free for which she received fourth billing. Both the film and North received positive feedbacks from critics, but that did not satisfy Fox’s expectations.

This led to Fox sidelining North and promoting another Broadway actress but still offered her roles that were related to Monroe in one way of another. On denying an offer by Fox, she got suspended for two months by the company. When the suspension was lifted, she agreed to a role in the Elvis Presley starrer The Way to the Gold. Due to disagreements, Presley left the role and was replaced by Jeffrey Hunter. The film was a box office success with mixed reviews. She then starred in No Down Payment (1957), In Love and War (1958), Mardi Gras (1958) which marked the end of her contract with Fox.

This paused her career, but she still continued to act both on stage and in TV shows and movies. This still never rejuvenated the recognition she had while she was still under Fox. She guest-starred in different shows like Gunsmoke, The Virginian, etc. After an eight year break, she joined the film industry again with her role in Destination Inner Space (1966) and then later in The Trouble with Girls in 1969. She has appeared in many small roles on TV and the big screen. She was also seen in Seinfeld and in her last on-screen role in the film Susan’s plan in 1998. After her first divorce in 1953, she got married to Bud Freeman, a TV writer, in 1955. They got divorced a year later after which she married a psychologist Gerhard Sommer. She had a daughter with him, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1963. Her last marriage was with Phillip Norman with whom she stayed until her death. She passed away on November 4th in 2005 during a cancer surgery when she was 73 years old.

Shelley Long English Actress

Shelley Long

Shelley was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Ivadine, who was a school teacher, and Leland Long, who became a teacher after working in the rubber industry. She was a good orator and actively participated with the speech team in high school. She competed in the Indiana High School Forensic Association and in the National Forensic’s League in 1967 in which she won the National Championship in Original Oratory. She graduated from South Side High School and then joined the Northwestern University but dropped out of it to pursue acting and modelling. Her first acting projects were the commercials in Chicago. She also joined a troupe focussed on the comedy called The Second City. In 1975, for local TV program by NBC called Sorting It Out, she took the parts of a writer, producer and the co-host. It won three Regional Emmy Awards for the Best Entertainment Show. She again appeared in various commercials for V05 Shampoo, Camay Soap and Homemakers Furniture. The show The Love Boat had her as a guest star for an episode in 1978. She became much more noticed when she got the role of a psychiatric inmate in a TV movie in 1979 called The Cracker Factory. In the same year, she starred as a guest the show Family and Trapper John M.D. She made her feature film debut in 1980 with the movie called A Small Circle of Friends which as a huge success. She was in Caveman, Night Shift, Losin’ It and had a role in M*A*S*H. Her role in the TV sitcom Cheers ran for a long time and got her a lot of appraisals. She was nominated for her role in Irreconcilable Differences for a Golden Globe Award. She also starred in comedies like Hello Again, The Money Pit and Outrageous Fortune. She also starred in movies like Don’t Tell Her It’s Me, Frozen Assets, A Message From Holly, etc. After Cheers, she joined the comedy Troop Beverly Hills and in 1990, returned to TV in the short series Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase. The miniseries required her to play around 20 different personalities, and she was given a lot of praise for the effort. Shelley’s first marriage ended in divorce, and she married again in 1981 to Bruce Tyson with whom she had a daughter. The couple got divorced in 2004. She apparently attempted suicide in 2004 due to painkillers overdose.

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Susan Saint James

Susan Saint James is an American activist and actress. She is mainly known for roles played in television series. She is known for her role played in ‘The Name of the Game’ in the year 1968 and 1971 movie McMillan & Wife. She has been nominated for an Emmy award for her role played in Kate & Allie in 1984. She was born in Los Angeles, California. Her parents were Geiger and Charles Daniel Miller. He father worked as a businessman, and her mother was a teacher. In her teenagers, she started modeling. She went to the Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart School. For her graduation, she went to Connecticut College for Women. She made her first acting debut in Name of the Game. It was a television movie which was based on a movie. The show was based on the story of different small stories which were all connected to a publishing house. The role of James of an editorial assistant which was in a way connected to the lead of the series. The show was very well appreciated by the audience and had become very popular and known by everyone. The show came to an end in 1971. Her next project was McMillan & Wife in which she played a lead role along Rock Hudson. She played the wife of a police administrator. Her character advanced her personality and her looks and gave another great hype to her career. The audiences were attached with how the leads solve the cases. In 1976, she left the show. She has worked on many other television shows also. In 1980, she was a part of How to Beat the High Cost of Living. It was a comedy show in which the audience came to know about her comic talents. The movie also starred Jane Curtin and Jessica Lange. She was later seen in Kate & Allie. It was a sitcom and along with her again was Jane Curtin. The plot was as such that these two are best friends and they decide to live together in a house and raise children in the city of New York. They both are divorced and are trying to come up with it. The new and innovative concept of the show was appreciated by the audience and the critics. She was nominated in the Emmy Award for an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy in the year 1984 and 1985. At the age of 21, she got married to Richard Neubert, who was an aspiring director. However things didn’t work out between them, and they got divorced within a year. Later in 1971, she got married to Thomas Lucas, who was a makeup artist. The couple had a daughter and a son. Their marriage lasted for six years. She later got married to Dick Ebersol. He was the producer of the show Saturday Night Live and currently is the president of NBC Sports. They had three sons together. In 2004, Ebersol and their two sons met with a plane crash. Ebersol and son Charles were unhurt but their youngest son Teddy who was 14 years of age died in the mishap. She has been a speaker at The Women's Conference in the year 2007. She received the Hollywood the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in 2008. >

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Susan Saint James English Actress