Our own Judy Garland. “Somewhere in a B Grade Film!!!” “Way down low!!!” “Tough gals are what she was made of!!!” “Cops then a couple wives!!!” “First there was Roger Corman!!!” “Then TV!!!” “Kildare, Gunsmoke, and Mannix!!!” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King!!!” “She was the spouse on My Three Sons!!!” “And Mother Where The Red Fern Grows!!!” “And Decoy!!!” “Rawhide, Mod Squad, and Wild Wild West!!!” “Hart to Hart!!! The Fugitive!!!” She did practically everything. Studying drama with Anita Arliss, she sharpened her talents in summer stock and radio work. Credited as Beverly Campbell in her film debut D.O.A. (1949), she soon married actor Richard Garland keeping his name even after the divorce. Problem Girls (1953), The Neanderthal Man (1953). She once remarked, “You don’t have to act in these pictures… All you have to do is possess a good pair of lungs. I can scream with more variations from shrill to vibrato than any other girl in pictures.”
The Miami Story (1954), The Desperado (1954), Killer Leopard (1954), Emmy nominated on Medic, Four Star Playhouse, Swamp Women (1955), Science Fiction Theater, New Orleans Uncensored (1955), Sudden Danger (1955), Gunslinger (1956), It Conquered the World (1956), The Go-Getter (1956), Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956), Wire Service, Not of This Earth (1957), The Joker Is Wild (1957), Naked Paradise (1957), The Saga of Hemp Brown (1958), Trackdown, Yancy Derringer, The Alligator People (1959), The Wonderful World of Disney, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, Checkmate, The Asphalt Jungle, Danger Man, The Nurses, The Dakotas, Sam Benedict, Laredo, Judd for the Defense, Pretty Poison (1968), Then Came Bronson, Marcus Welby M.D., The Rookies, Cannon, Love American Style, Airport 1975 (1974), Ironside. Television is where she excelled and she guested on show after show.
Medical Center, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, The Tony Randall Show, Sixth and Main (1977), Charlie’s Angels, Roller Boogie (1979), Trapper John M.D., It’s My Turn (1980), Magnum P.I., Matt Houston, Remington Steele, Finder of Lost Loves, P.S. I Luv You, Friends, Ellen, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Diagnosis: Murder, 7th Heaven, Teen Angel. On January 26th, 1983, she was given a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her third husband real estate developer Fillmore Crank built a hotel in her name in Los Angeles. A 255 room Spanish Mission resort called Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn later known as The Garland, she helped run it for years. Swamp Women, Gunslinger, It Conquered the World. Three of Beverly’s films spotlighted on MST. Whether monster food or the law, she had our attention. Mrs. Douglas or Class Act?