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Nita Talbot (born Anita Sokol,[1] August 8, 1930) is an American actress. Talbot was a leading lady who spent the first decade or so of her career playing "slick chicks" and sharp-witted career girls, but is perhaps best known for her role as Marya, the "White Russian" spy in the 1960s sitcom Hogan's Heroes, as well as Sheila Fine in the sitcom Soap. Talbot received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the 1967–1968 season of Hogan's Heroes.

Nita Talbot
Nita Talbot Joe and Mabel.jpg
Talbot in 1956
Born Anita Sokol
(1930-08-08) August 8, 1930 (age 87)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other names Ginger Grey
Occupation Actress
Years active 1949–1997
Spouse(s) Thomas A. Geas (1961–?: divorced)
Bob Kaufman (? - ?, divorced)
Don Gordon (? - ?)

Contents

FilmEdit

Born in New York City, Talbot began her acting career appearing as a model in the 1949 film It's a Great Feeling. She was afforded a wealth of varied screen roles, from the love-starved switchboard operator in A Very Special Favor (1965) to the brassy Madame Esther in Buck and the Preacher (1972). She also appeared in such films as Bright Leaf (1950), This Could Be the Night (1957), I Married a Woman (1958), Who's Got the Action? (1962), Girl Happy (1965), The Day of the Locust (1975), Serial (1980), Chained Heat (1983), Fraternity Vacation (1985), and Puppet Master II (1991).

TelevisionEdit

Appearing in many TV series, Talbot was seen as Mabel Spooner opposite Larry Blyden's Joe Spooner in Joe and Mabel[2]:536 (1956), Iris Anderson in the 1958 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Pint-Sized Client", con-woman Blondie Collins in the second season of The Thin Man[2]:1071 (1958–1959), con-woman/struggling actress Susan Reed in the first season of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (1958–1959) "Beautiful, Blue and Deadly", the immigrant wife in [S4:E9] "Land Deal" on Gunsmoke (1958), and in "Belle's Back"' [5:35] resourceful girl Friday Dora Miles on The Jim Backus Show[2]:533 (aka: Hot Off the Wire), snooty socialite Judy Evans in Here We Go Again (1973),[2]:453 and ultra cynical Rose (opposite Bill Daily) in Starting from Scratch.[2]:1016 (1988). Between 1966 amd 1971, she appeared in seven episodes of Hogan's Heroes as "White Russian" spy Marya,[2]:465–466 a role for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1968 for the 1967 episode "The Hostage".[3][4]

Talbot has been either the star or co-star of several other series, including Man Against Crime, Bourbon Street Beat (four episodes as Lusti Weather),[2] The Secret Storm, and Supertrain,[2]:1040 while guest-starring on others such as Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Talbot also had long-running roles in Search for Tomorrow and General Hospital. On General Hospital, she had the recurring role of Delfina from 1981 to 1983 (and again in 1992), Tiffany Hill's old friend who takes over designing Luke and Laura's wedding.

In 1971, Talbot was cast in the pilot episode of the CBS sitcom Funny Face starring actress-comedian Sandy Duncan. The original premise of the show had Duncan playing Sandy Stockton, a young UCLA student from Illinois majoring in education and making ends meet by working part-time as an actress in television commercials for the Prescott Advertising Agency. Talbot played Sandy's agent, Maggie Prescott. Shortly after filming the pilot, CBS picked up the program for the fall of 1971, but slightly revised the format, a result of which was Talbot being dropped from the cast.

She played a nurse friend of Anne Francis who played another nurse, in the 6th episode second season in Columbo, called "A Stitch in Crime" (1973), with guest star Leonard Nimoy.

Talbot's most recent acting role was in 1997, when she voiced the character of Anastasia Hardy, the businesswoman mother of Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat, in the animated series Spider-Man.

Personal lifeEdit

Talbot was married to, and divorced from, both Bob Kaufman[1] and actor Don Gordon.[5]

Partial filmographyEdit

From Hollywood.com[6]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1949 Always Leave Them Laughing Showgirl Uncredited
1950 Caged Inmate Uncredited
1950 This Side of The Law Miss Goff
1952 On Dangerous Ground Woman in bar Uncredited
1956 Bundle of Joy Mary
1958 I Married a Woman Miss Anderson
1962 Who's Got the Action? Saturday Knight
1965 Girl Happy Sunny Daze
1965 A Very Special Favor Mickey
1965 That Funny Feeling Audrey
1967 The Cool Ones Dee Dee Howitzer Alternative title: Cool Baby, Cool!
1972 Buck and the Preacher Madam Esther
1975 The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery Jasmine Cornell
1975 The Day of the Locust Joan
1980 Serial Angela Stone
1980 Island Claws Rosie Alternative title: Night of the Claw
1982 Night Shift Vivian
1982 The Concrete Jungle Shelly Meyers
1983 Frightmare Mrs. Rohmer Alternative title: Body Snatchers
1983 Chained Heat Kaufman
1985 Fraternity Vacation Mrs. Ferret
1985 Movers & Shakers Dorothy
1991 Puppetmaster II Camille Kenney Direct-to-video release
1992 Amityville: It's About Time Iris Wheeler Alternative title: Amityville 1992: It's About Time, direct-to-video release
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1952 Tales of Tomorrow Nicki 1 episode
1954 Inner Sanctum Millie 1 episode
1955 Producers' Showcase Olga 1 episode
1957 Climax! Esther Gardener 1 episode
1958 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre Sally 1 episode
1958 Gunsmoke Sidna Calhoun 1 episode "Land Deal"
1958 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" Louise Williams 1 episode "The Percentage"
1958 Perry Mason Iris Anderson 1 episode
1958 Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Susan Reed 1 episode
1959 The Lineup Donna 1 episode
1959 Maverick (TV series) Jeannie 2 episodes "Easy Mark" and "Resurrection of Joe November"
1959 Peter Gunn Rowena 1 episode
1959 "Johnny Staccato" Narcissa 1 episode "The Man in the Pit"
1960 The Jim Backus Show Dora Miles Unknown episodes
1960 The Man from Blackhawk Kay 1 episode: "In His Steps"[7]
1960 Mr. Lucky Kitten Conner 1 episode
1960 The Untouchables Alice 1 episode
1960 Gunsmoke Belle Ainsley 1 episode
1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Carol Thorby 1 episode
1961 Follow the Sun Florence 1 episode
1964 The Lieutenant Marie Newton 1 episode
1966 The Fugitive Paula Jellison 1 episode
1966 The Virginian Melinda 1 episode
1966–1971 Hogans Heroes Marya 7 episodes, Primetime Emmy Award nomination
1966 Daniel Boone Sylvie Du Marais Episode "The Search"
1967 Bonanza Gladys 1 episode
1967 The Monkees The Assistant 1 episode
1967 Mannix Edna Dacey 1 episode
1968 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Pola Prevost 1 episode
1971 Love, American Style Connie 1 episode
1972 Bewitched Mrs. Rollnick 1 episode
1973 Columbo Marsha 1 episode, "A Stitch in Crime"
1973 Needles and Pins 1 episode, "The Endangered Species"
1973 The Partridge Family Doris 1 episode
1973 Here We Go Again Judy Evans 13 episodes
1974 Police Story Teresa 1 episode
1974 The Rockford Files Mildred Elias 1 episode
1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker Paula Griffin 1 Episode, "The Werewolf"
1975 Police Woman Audrey Roth 1 episode
1977 All In The Family Marcia (woman arguing with husband on subway) 1 episode
1978 CHiPS Driving Instructor 1 episode
1977–1978 Soap Sheila Fine 3 episodes
1979 Charlie's Angels Willamena 1 episode
1979 Supertrain Rose Casey 5 episodes
1980 Nobody's Perfect Lush 1 episode
1981–1982 General Hospital Delfina
1984 Remington Steele Shirley Mellish 1 episode
1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Wilma 1 episode
1987 It's a Living Rose 1 episode
1989 Jake Spanner, Private Eye Nurse Television movie
1990 Gabriel's Fire Laura Pickles 1 episode
1991 The New Adam-12 Madam Lousanga 1 episode
1994 Empty Nest Mrs. Koontz 1 episode
1995 Pig Sty Cecile 1 episode
1997 Spider-Man: The Animated Series Anastacia Hardy Voice

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Mark, Norman (February 10, 1973). "Star of New Comedy Series Enjoys Talking". Pottstown Mercury. Pennsylvania, Pottstown. Chicago Daily News Service. p. 29. Retrieved June 9, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.   
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. 
  3. ^ "Awards Search". EMMYS. Television Academy. Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Biography by Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
  5. ^ Mercer, Charles (July 14, 1955). "Nita Talbot Tabbed as New Star". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Texas, Corpus Christi. Associated Press. p. 38. Retrieved June 9, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.   
  6. ^ Hollywood.com Filmography
  7. ^ "The Man from Blackhawk". Classic Television Archive. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 

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