Nita Talbot (born Anita Sokol; 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. Talbot received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the 1967–68 season of Hogan's Heroes.
Talbot in 1956
August 8, 1930
New York City, New York, U.S.
(m. 1954; div. 1958)
Thomas A. Geas
(m. 1961; div. 19??)
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).
Appearing in many TV series, Talbot was seen as Mabel Spooner opposite Larry Blyden's Joe Spooner in Joe and Mabel: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:1071 (1958–59); con-woman/struggling actress Susan Reed in the first-season episode "Beautiful, Blue and Deadly" of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (1958-59); and the immigrant wife in "Land Deal" (season 4, episode 9) on Gunsmoke (1958). She played against type in the Maverick third-season episode "The Resurrection of Joe November" with James Garner (1959) and in "Belle's Back" (season 5, episode 35) of Gunsmoke (1960). She was resourceful girl Friday Dora Miles on The Jim Backus Show:533 (aka: Hot Off the Wire), snooty socialite Judy Evans in Here We Go Again (1973),:453, and hypercynical Rose (opposite Bill Daily) in Starting from Scratch (1988).:1016
Between 1966 and 1971, she appeared in seven episodes of Hogan's Heroes as "White Russian" spy Marya,: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".
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), The Secret Storm, and Supertrain,: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 as 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 revised the format slightly, resulting in Talbot being dropped from the cast. She appeared in "A Stitch in Crime", episode 6 of the second season of Columbo (1973). Her last 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.
Talbot was married to actor Don Gordon (September 7, 1954, to April 11 1958; divorced) and actor Thomas A. Geas (from August 13, 1961, until their divorce). She has one child, a daughter, Nicole Andrea Geas (born 1962), with second husband Thomas Geas (1934-2010).
Talbot's older sister, Gloria Stone (born Gloria Sokol, January 5, 1929 - May 13, 2014), was also an actress.
Partial acting creditsEdit
|1949||Always Leave Them Laughing||Showgirl||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||Island Claws||Rosie||Alternative title: Night of the Claw|
|1982||The Concrete Jungle||Shelly Meyers|
|1983||Frightmare||Mrs. Rohmer||Alternative title: Body Snatchers|
|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|
|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||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"|
|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||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|
|1971||The Jimmy Stewart Show||Roxy||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 Stevens||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|
|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|
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- Nita Talbot on IMDb
- 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.
- "Emmy Awards search". EMMYS. Television Academy. Archived from the original on June 10, 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
- Biography, hollywood.com; accessed March 24, 2018.
- Mercer, Charles (July 14, 1955). "Nita Talbot Tabbed as New Star". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Corpus Christi, TX. Associated Press. p. 38. Retrieved June 9, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Filmography @ hollywood.com
- "The Man from Blackhawk". Classic Television Archive. Retrieved January 30, 2013.