Can You Match These Classic Hollywood Actresses to Their 1960s TV Shows?
By: Jennifer Post
Frances Bavier was 'Aunt Bee' to many people during her run on which television show from the 1960s?
While Bavier was technically only Sheriff Andy Taylor's aunt, she became lovingly known as Aunt Bee to almost every other character on "The Andy Griffith Show." She played that character until the show's end in 1968, and picked up where she left off in its spinoff, "Mayberry R.F.D."
Beginning in 1964, Elizabeth Montgomery played everyone's favorite witch on which television show?
"Bewitched" was loved almost immediately since it began in 1964. Elizabeth Montgomery played Samantha Stephens, witch and wife to Darrin. She tried her best to be the perfect, mortal suburban wife, but she was a witch after all.
Donna Douglas played one of the Clampetts in this silly 1960s classic show. Can you remember its name?
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"The Beverly Hillbillies" was a show ahead of its time. Elly May Clampett, played by Donna Douglas, was the leading lady since the mother passed away and was never seen on the show. Douglas went into that acting role relatively unknown.
Make room for Ginger Grant! Tina Louise played this glamorous character on which comedy that made waves in the '60s?
"Gilligan's Island" was a sitcom based on people who are stranded on a deserted island, so you can imagine the hilarity that ensues. Ginger Grant was played by Tina Louise, who had many acting jobs, mostly on Broadway, before landing the beachy sitcom.
Agent 99, played by Barbara Feldon, was a powerful female character on which secret agent '60s sitcom?
"Get Smart," which was turned into a modern movie with Steve Carrel and Anne Hathaway, originated as a secret agent comedy sitcom in 1965. The show centered around Barbara Feldon's character as well as Agent 86, played by Don Adams, and the shenanigans they would get into.
Eva Gabor played Lisa Douglas in which television show from the 1960s?
"Green Acres" premiered in 1965 and continued on until 1971. Eva Gabor played the wife of Eddie Albert's character. They portrayed a couple who moved from New York City to a farm in the country. The show explores the trials and tribulations of their new life.
Barbara Eden enchanted audiences in this fantasy sitcom. Can you identify which one it is?
Another other magical television show of the 1960s, "I Dream of Jeannie," was a little bit different than "Bewitched." Barbara Eden played a genie who lived in a bottle in her master's home and often came out to cause trouble. Love eventually bloomed between the genie and her astronaut master.
In which show below did Yvonne De Carlo dazzle audiences with her sleek, black hair and icy stare?
Lily Munster, played by Yvonne De Carlo, was the vampire wife of Herman Munster and was your not-so-average housewife. She would spread trash throughout the house and run the vacuum on reverse to blow dust everywhere. What an interesting family, indeed.
Maybe the most well-know matriarch, Barbara Billingsley's character in which show below gave way to the perfect American housewife?
When you call someone a June Cleaver, you are most likely referring to their skills at cleaning, baking, parenting, etc. This term comes from Billingsley's June Cleaver character in the family show, "Leave It To Beaver."
June Lockhart played a compassionate and handy biochemist on which out-of-this-world television show?
"Lost In Space" took place in the future. Well, in 1997, which was the future when the show came out in 1965. Lockhart's character was often seen tending to the garden, cooking and offering words of encouragement, all while kicking butt as a female biochemist.
Alert the media! Carol Post, played by Connie Hines, was the loving wife of horse owner Wilbur Post. What was the show?
"Mister Ed" focused on a palomino horse, his owner, Wilbur Post and Post's trusty wife, Carol. After winning the audition, Connie Hines didn't love playing the same character all the time, but it is definitely her most well-known role.
Playing the femme fatale in this show that has been remade many times, Barbara Bain took the character of Cinnamon Carter very seriously. Which show is it?
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Cinnamon Carter was a model, woman in distress and IMF agent. Barbara Bain appeared in many television shows, such as "Tightrope" and "Adventures in Paradise," before landing the "Mission: Impossible" role.
One of the most beloved TV shows of the 1960s had a stand-out female character, Jane, voiced by Penny Singleton. What show was it?
The voice of Jane Jetson was perfected by Penny Singleton, who also voiced many other cartoon characters. The Jetsons family depicted the future of life on Earth with many of the things we now take for granted, but which seemed very futuristic in the 1960s.
All 'hale' this '60s legal drama for which Barbara Hale won an Emmy for playing Della Street. Which show was it?
"Perry Mason" was one of the first law dramas to captivate audiences on television. The character, and the show for that matter, are often referenced in dozens of other shows to describe someone who is witty, clever and can use one word to solve a problem.
Making headway in the Tv industry for playing a single woman not bogged down by domesticity, Marlo Thomas got rave reviews for portraying character Ann Marie in which show?
"That Girl" was considered a pioneer show for showcasing a single woman in New York City who didn't live with her parents and was pursuing her own career. The show was a book, had many spinoffs, and led to Marlo Thomas being a leading lady in Hollywood for years to come.
Jane Wyatt starred as Margaret Anderson in which show below, which originally premiered on the radio?
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Did you know that the popular sitcom, "Father Knows Best," originally aired as a radio show in 1949? Now you do! It moved to television and aired until the early 1960s. It actually aired on a few channels, but kept getting canceled and then picked up by other networks.
Which comedy series was named after the show's frontrunner, who was already a household name by the time the show aired?
"The Carol Burnett Show" was, and still is, one of the most popular shows from the 1960s, and it aired for 11 seasons. People like Carol Burnett herself, Dick Van Dyke and many other comedians made this show a must-see every single week.
Portraying a stereo-typical Japanese female of the time, Miyoshi Umeki played the character of Mrs. Livingston perfectly. Which show was it?
Miyoshi Umeki was the first and only Asian woman to win an Academy Award for acting, so it goes without saying that she brought a lot to this television show in the 1960s. In real life, she was nothing like her delicate and humble character. She was known as a vivacious scene stealer, but in a good way.
Kathy Garver starred in many shows, but none like the one in which her character, Cissy Davis, appeared on which of the '60s TV shows below?
"Family Affair" dealt with the challenges of a man raising his brother's orphaned children. Can you imagine? There were hard times but, of course, it was a sitcom, so plenty of hilarity ensued as they navigated this new way of life together.
Clean up this quiz by guessing which television show starred Shirley Booth as a live-in maid. Can you guess it?
"Hazel" explored the storyline of Hazel Burke, a live-in maid for the Baxter family. The humor comes from Hazel's unique relationships with others in the neighborhood, like the mailman and taxi driver. Fun fact: most of the first season was shown in black and white.
Based on a 1947 film of the same name, Hope Lange played a widowed writer named Carolyn in what TV show from the 1960s?
While only airing for two seasons, "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" made Hope Lange a multiple award winner. She'd been an actress for some time before her role as Carolyn Muir, but she became somewhat typecast after playing many similar characters.
Diahann Carroll blazed trails by starring in the first American series to showcase an African-American woman in a non-stereotypical role. What show was it?
What a feat for the television industry, and for Diahann Carroll, playing Julia Baker, a widowed mother whose husband was killed in Vietnam. The show was criticized for being unrealistic because it portrayed a black woman living in a nicely furnished suburban home.
Sally Field, to know her is to lover her, has no doubt been on your television many times. In which show did she play the namesake character from 1965 to 1966?
Sally Field is a beloved actress known for movies like "Mrs. Doubtfire, "Norma Rae" and "Lincoln." But she was playing characters way before she won three Academy Awards. And while one particular show in which she starred lasted only one season, she left a clearly lasting impression. "Gidget" centered on a father-daughter relationship but wasn't enough to win the hearts of audiences.
Best remembered for playing Reverand Mother Superior Placido, Madeleine Sherwood was a Canadian actress in which popular American TV show?
Starring along side Sally Field, Madeleine Sherwood is probably most remembered for her role in "The Flying Nun." The sitcom focused on nuns in a convent in which one of them could fly. Sally Field was that nun and her character made for some hilarious scenes.
Do you remember Elizabeth MacRae? Maybe this will help. She played Lou-Ann Poovie on which spin-off of "The Andy Griffith Show"?
"Gomer Pyle: USMC" was one of the highest rated shows of its time. Elizabeth MacRae was a big part of that. She went on to have quite the successful soap opera career, appearing on both "Days Of Our Lives" and "General Hospital."
Considered to be ahead of its time, which show starred Paula Prentiss as Paula Hollister alongside her real-life husband, Richard Benjamin?
While only airing for one season, this show that followed a real-life married couple playing husband and wife, centered around the cartoons that the husband drew. Jetman was the reason for the comedic relief of the show, and the constant argument over its interpretation.
The 1960s was really the decade for sketch comedy shows! This one is no exception, with the star and namesake being another strong female comedian. Which is it?
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Starring in dozens of films and television shows, Phyllis Diller was a comedian for the ages. She had her own sketch comedy show, guest-starred on others, and went on to have a career spanning multiple decades. You'll know her by face, voice and name for sure.
Eve Arden starred alongside Kaye Ballard in this female-driven comedy about two friends who became family. What was the show called?
When their kids eloped, they became not only best friends, but in-laws. Imagine how fun having your best friend connected to your life would be. They were also next door neighbors. Double bonus!
This fantasy and science fiction show starring Imogene Coco as a cavewoman named Shad who was out of this world. Can you remember the show's name?
Did you know that no living being can travel faster than the speed of light? Well, on television they can. After doing so and ending up all the way back in the Prehistoric era, two lads end up having to do life with Shad, the leader of a cave family.
Which incredibly long-running sitcom starred Meredith MacRae as Sally Ann Morrison Douglas?
You've surely heard of this family show, since it did have 380 episodes! "My Three Sons" aired for 12 seasons on TV, so you definitely know the Douglas family.
Make room for Florida Friebus, the doting mother of what show in which teenagers were the leading characters?
When kids lead the way, you know funny things are going to happen, especially with a mother like Florida Friebus' character, Winnie Gillis. Winnie was a little overbearing and tended to dote a little too much on her son, Dobie, while ragging on her husband for not doing enough.
Another show that began on radio, the members of the real-life Nelson family, led by the singer matriarch, were featured in which comedy that had a total of 14 seasons?
Singer Harriet Nelson and her family starred in one of the longest-running sitcoms on television to date. Ozzie convinced ABC to sign a 10-year contract for the show, whether they wanted to cancel the show or not. Talk about adventure!
Later turning into "The Danny Thomas Show," which sitcom starred award-winning Jean Hagen as Margaret Williams?
For the first three seasons, it was called "Make Room for Daddy,' but would later be called "The Danny Thomas Show." Once the run of "Make Room for Daddy" ended, so did Jean Hagen's role in the show. Apparently, she didn't like the direction her character was going, so who can blame her?
While the thought of this is slightly frightening, this sitcom starring Julie Newmar as a lifelike Android, came from the same producer as "My Favorite Martian." Do you know what it is?
Following a lifelike Android named Rhoda Miller (played by Newmar) whose owner did not want her to get in the hands of the military, this show lasted for only one season. Rhoda's real name was AF 709, naturally.
Inger Stevens starred as Katy Holstrum in this tale of an organic love match. What show was it?
Starting out as the housekeeper of a widowed congressman, Katy Holstrum, played by Inger Stevens, eventually fell in love (of course) with the male lead. The show ended with them getting married and Katy adopting the congressman's sons.
With her classically '60s cropped hairdo, Judy Carne starred as art student Julie Willis in which television series?
Living with her budget-conscious husband was a challenge for more heart-and-soul type Julie Willis. She had to teach her husband that he could be practical, but also be loving and a little frivolous in life as well.
Remade into a film in 2012, which soap opera like-show, starring Joan Bennett among many others, was on the more mysterious side of things?
Dark Shadows was a gothic show that took on the drama of a soap opera. The draw of the show could have been the star cast, or the fact that they were playing characters like vampires, werewolves and zombies.
With a name like Irish McCalla, of course she would be the star of television shows. Which one below shows her as royalty?
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This comic book turned television series featured McCalla as the jungle queen, Sheena. Much like Tarzan, Sheena was an orphan and grew up in the jungle. She can also talk to the animals, so that's cool.
Playing the female counterpart to this famous superhero, Yvonne Craig wore the mask well in which '60s show?
Playing Bargirl in arguably her biggest role, Craig wore the purple and yellow outfit with pride. She starred on the show for the third and final season, went on to reprise her role for things like public service announcements and felt a deep connection to the character.
If you're a regular person who is often in not-so-regular situations, which TV show that featured Carol Burnett, Constance Ford, Joan Hackett and many other leading ladies would you love to watch?
"The Twilight Zone" is one of the most referenced TV shows, both in other shows and in real life. Whenever something weird happens, or a string of odd things occur, one usually asks if they're in the Twilight Zone.
If you look hard enough, you will find that some of your favorite tv shows and movies these days are either remakes of shows from the '60s, or took much inspiration from them. This is great news because once you know this, you now have a whole new show from a completely different time to fall in love with! You'll also discover new actresses that you've either never heard of, or have only heard of when referencing what some people consider a better, simpler time in history.
Televisions became popular in the 1950s, which leaves about 10 years for these actresses to work their way up to stardom. Many of them were older and had either been working in some other form of entertainment for years, or were looking to accomplish something new. Either way. Since this era was really the first introduction to popular television shows and 'celebrities,' it's no wonder there are so many of them, and some of them even starred in more than one show. This make identifying which show a particular actress was in even more of a challenge, but a fun one at that. Do you think you can identify the '60s Hollywood actress to her TV show? Take this quiz to find out!
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