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Lynn Loring (born July 14, 1944) is an American actress and television and film producer.

Lynn Loring
Loring with Stephen Brooks and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. in 1965.
Loring with Stephen Brooks (left) and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. in 1965.
Lynn Zimring

(1944-07-14) July 14, 1944 (age 75)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1951–93
Roy Thinnes
(m. 1967; div. 1984)

Michael Bergman (1988 - ?)



Born in New York City, Loring began acting with a role on the anthology series Studio One on CBS.[1] In 1951 at the age of seven, she played Patti Barron in the television soap opera Search for Tomorrow. She remained in the role for ten years, until she graduated from high school in 1961, after which she explored other opportunities, including appearances in films such as Splendor in the Grass (1961) and Pressure Point (1962).

Loring played the title character's daughter in The Jean Carroll Show (1953) on ABC.[2]:527

In 1963, Loring portrayed Patty Walker, a girl who, due to her wanting to study drama in London, lived with the family of her father's wartime best friend, while the friend's daughter lived with Patty's family in New York, in the comedy series Fair Exchange.[2]

Loring played Barbara Erskine, the daughter of Inspector Lewis Erskine (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.), during the first season (1965-1966) of The F.B.I.[2]:337 She played Susan Foster in the 1964 episode "The Case of the Paper Bullets" on Perry Mason. Also in 1964, she played Filene in the "Memo From Purgatory" episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour as well as playing Bonnie Daniels in the "Behind the Locked Door" episode of the same series. In 1965, she played Maybelle Williams in "Judgement in Heaven", the Christmas episode of the western series The Big Valley.[3]

In 1966, she played an artist "Carma Vasquez" in "The Night of the Flaming Ghost" episode of The Wild Wild West. In 1967, she guest-starred in two Season 3 episodes of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in "The Test Tube Killer Affair" as "Christine Hobson" and "The Deadly Smorgasbord Affair" as "Neila Nillson", daughter of a scientist with a suspended animation machine.[citation needed] Her other television work included playing Betty Anderson Harrington in Return to Peyton Place,[2]:890 as well as appearing in The Eleventh Hour, Daniel Boone, and The Mod Squad.

In 1975, she discontinued acting in favor of a career in production, of both made-for-TV movies and feature films such as Mr. Mom (1983). In 1979, Loring worked as the casting director for a TV movie, Raid on Coffeyville. She shifted into producing and, for several years, had an initially fruitful partnership with Aaron Spelling.[citation needed] In the late 1980s, she was named president of MGM/UA Television Productions.[4] Loring, then only in her 40s, was one of the first women to hold such a high-ranking role in Hollywood.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Loring was married to actor Roy Thinnes from 1967 to 1984, when they divorced. They have a son, Christopher Dylan Thinnes (born 1969) and daughter, Casey Thinnes, (born 1974).[5] In 1967, Loring appeared with Thinnes in the episode "Panic" of The Invaders. Thinnes and Loring played husband and wife in the feature film Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, original title: Doppelgänger (1969) and the 1971 TV movie Black Noon (1971), and also appeared together in the TV horror film The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973).[3]

Loring wed Michael Bergman, an attorney, in 1988.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1961 Splendor in the Grass Carolyn
1962 Pressure Point Jewish Girl
1969 Doppelgänger Sharon Ross
1971 Black Noon Lorna Keyes TV movie[6]
1973 The Horror at 37,000 Feet Manya TV movie


  1. ^ a b "Loring". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. January 24, 1990. p. F 6. Retrieved June 1, 2019 – via
  2. ^ a b c d Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 322. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  3. ^ a b c Lynn Loring on IMDb
  4. ^ Haithman, Diane (January 24, 1990). "For Lynn Loring, Real0-Life Drama Behind the Scenes". California, Los Angeles. California, Los Angeles. p. F 1. Retrieved June 1, 2019 – via
  5. ^ Profile, Toledo Blade, February 12, 1969.
  6. ^ "Black Noon (1971)". Retrieved March 20, 2019.