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. In October 2000, Fabares received a life-saving liver transplant after being diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis. Discography Studio albums 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 Featuring four tracks each by Shelley, James Darren and Paul Petersen 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 Soundtrack songs "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 Compilations 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 Singles YearTitleB-SideU.S.Label and number February 1962"Johnny Angel""Where's It Gonna Get Me"1Colpix 621 April 1962"What Did They Do Before Rock 'n' Roll"(with Paul Petersen)"Very Unlikely" (with Paul Petersen) - Colpix 631 May 1962"Johnny Loves Me""I'm Growing Up"21Colpix 636 August 1962"The Things We Did Last Summer""Breaking Up is Hard to Do"46Colpix 654 December 1962"Telephone (Won't You Ring)""Big Star"109Colpix 667 March 1963"Ronnie, Call Me When You Get a Chance""I Left a Note to Say Goodbye"72Colpix 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 Filmography Film YearTitleRoleNotes 1955The Girl RushKim - Age 9Uncredited 1956Never Say GoodbyeSuzy Parker 1956The Bad SeedMargieUncredited 1957Jeanne EagelsTeenage GirlUncredited 1958Summer LoveTwinkie Daley 1958Marjorie MorningstarSeth's Girl FriendUncredited 1964Ride the Wild SurfBrie Matthews 1965Girl HappyValerie Frank 1966Hold On!Louisa PageAlternative title: There's No Place Like Space 1966SpinoutCynthia Foxhugh 1967ClambakeDianne Carter 1968A Time to SingAmy Carter 1971Brian's SongJoy Piccolo 1987Hot PursuitBuffy Cronenberg 1990Love or MoneyLuAnn ReedAlternative title: For Love or Money 2006Superman: Brainiac AttacksMartha Kent (Voice)Direct-to-video release Television YearTitleRoleNotes 1954–1958Letter to LorettaMarie Schumann Kathy2 episodes 1955Producers' ShowcaseRebecca Gibbs1 episode 1955Matinee TheaterYoung Cathy1 episode 1955Captain MidnightMary Kingsley1 episode 1956Annie OakleyPrudy Warren1 episode 1957FuryMidge Mallon1 episode 1958Walt Disney Presents: AnnetteMoselle Corey15 episodes 1958–1965The Donna Reed ShowMary Stone191 episodes 1959The RebelNora Hendry1 episode 1963Mr.
NovakDani Cooper2 episodes 1964The Eleventh HourCarol Hamilton1 episode 1964Arrest and TrialDonna Blaney1 episode 1964The Twilight ZoneEllen Tillman1 episode 1968The Ghost & Mrs. MuirVanessa1 episode 1969Daniel BooneCharity Brown1 episode 1969LancerMelissa Harper1 episode 1969Bracken's WorldHilary Saxon1 episode 1969Medical Center"Mike" Carter1 episode 1971LongstreetMarianne Franklin1 episode 1971Brian's SongJoy PiccoloTelevision movie 1971Owen Marshall: Counselor at LawLorraine Latham1 episode 1972McCloudNatalie Rudell1 episode 1972Cade's CountyStephanie1 episode 1972The Brian Keith ShowDr. Anne JamisonUnknown episodes 1974Police StoryAnnette Weiner1 episode 1974IronsideCharlotte Black1 episode 1974The Rockford FilesJolene Hyland1 episode 1975The RookiesAnn McNeal1 episode 1975Matt HelmChris/Tina1 episode 1975Barnaby JonesSusan Burke1 episode 1976Marcus Welby, M.D.Norma Fritchie1 episode 1976Spencer's PilotsAnnette1 episode 1976-1977The PracticeJenny Bedford27 episodes 1977–1978Forever FernwoodEleanor MajorUnknown episodes 1978Vega$Linda Stockwood1 episode 1978The Incredible HulkHolly Cooper1 episode 1978–1984One Day at a TimeFrancine Webster23 episodes 1979Hello, LarryMarion Alder3 episodes 1979Highcliffe ManorHelen6 episodes 1980–1981Mork & MindyCathy3 episodes 1980–1985The Love BoatVarious roles3 episodes 1983Matt HoustonBarbara Newton1 episode 1983ABC Afterschool SpecialFran Brogliatti1 episode 1983Memorial DayEllie WalkerTelevision movie 1985The Canterville GhostLucyTelevision movie 1985Suburban BeatMimiTelevision movie 1987NewhartDiane Beckwith1 episode 1988Run Till You FallKathy ReubenTelevision movie 1989Murder, She WroteLiza Caspar2 episodes 1989–1997CoachChristine Armstrong199 episodes 1993Deadly RelationsShirley FagotTelevision movie 1995The Great Mom SwapMillie RidgewayTelevision movie 1996Superman: The Last Son of KryptonMartha Kent (Voice)Television movie 1996–1998Superman: The Animated SeriesMartha Kent (Voice)8 episodes 1997A Nightmare Come TrueLily ZarnTelevision movie 1998Playing to Win: A Moment of Truth MovieNancy EricksonTelevision movie 2003Justice LeagueMa Kent (Voice)1 episode Awards and nominations YearAwardResultCategoryFilm or series 1993Primetime Emmy AwardNominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesCoach 1994Coach 1965Laurel AwardsNominatedNew Faces, Female - 2004TV Land AwardNominatedFavorite Teen Dream - FemaleThe Donna Reed Show 1994Young Artist AwardWonFormer Child Star Lifetime Achievement AwardThe Donna Reed Show Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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