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Hildy Parks (March 12, 1926 – October 7, 2004)[1] was an American actress and writer for television programs.

Hildy Parks
Born(1926-03-15)March 15, 1926
Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedOctober 7, 2004(2004-10-07) (aged 78)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActress, writer
Years active1947–2004
Spouse(s)Jackie Cooper (1950–1951; divorced)
Alexander H. Cohen (1956–2000; his death)

Early yearsEdit

Born in Washington, D.C.,[2] Parks pursued acting following her graduation from the University of Virginia (the branch that is now the University of Mary Washington).


Parks made her New York City stage debut as Curley's wife in Of Mice and Men.[citation needed] Her Broadway debut came in Bathsheba (1947).[1] She also was involved in production of at least 29 Broadway plays.[2]

Parks made her screen debut in The Night Holds Terror (1955) opposite Jack Kelly, Vince Edwards, but her film career was sporadic, with minor appearances in Fail-Safe (1964), Seven Days in May (1964), and The Group (1966).

Her television career included portraying Ellie Crown in the daytime soap opera Love of Life from its 1951 debut until 1955, appearances in such prime-time dramatic anthology series as Armstrong Circle Theatre, Robert Montgomery Presents, Kraft Television Theatre, and Studio One, and as a recurring panelist on the game shows To Tell the Truth and Down You Go.[3]

Parks and her husband, Alexander H. Cohen, produced broadcasts of ACE Awards, Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards.[4] They also produced, and Parks wrote, the week-long CBS: On the Air retrospective for the network's 50th anniversary.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Parks was married to actor Jackie Cooper. She later married Broadway producer Alexander H. Cohen, with whom she had two sons and a daughter.[2]



  1. ^ a b c Lentz, Harris M., III (2008). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2004: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 275. ISBN 9780786452095. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "("Hildy Parks" search results)". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 282. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  4. ^ "HBO nabs top cable TV awards". The New Mexican. New Mexico, Santa Fe. January 21, 1987. p. D-3. Retrieved August 11, 2019 – via
  5. ^ Smith, Cecil (March 26, 1978). "CBS at 50: A Chance to Remember How It Was". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. 296. Retrieved August 11, 2019 – via

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