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Shelley Fabares

Shelley Fabares (born January 19, 1944) is an American actress and singer. Born Michelle Ann Marie Fabares in Santa Monica, California, she is the niece of Nanette Fabray. She got her big break in the role of the teenage daughter on the 1958 television family sitcom, The Donna Reed Show. Her national popularity led to a recording contract and she had two Top 40 hits including Johnny Angel that went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of 1962. Fabares left the TV show for a career in film and starred in a number of motion pictures including three Elvis Presley movies: Girl Happy (1965), Spinout (1966) and Clambake (1967).

Fabares married Jan & Dean's record producer Lou Adler in June 1964 before separating in 1966. The couple would later officially divorce many years later, in 1980.

In later years she returned to television, most notably in the role of love-interest/wife, Christine Armstrong Fox, on the sitcom, Coach.

Married to actor Mike Farrell, and step-mother to his two children from a previous marriage; in October of 2000, she received a life-saving liver transplant after being diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis that would completely destroy her liver.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Shelley Fabares Facts

Birth NameMichele Ann Marie Fabares
OccupationActress, Musician
BirthdayJanuary 19, 1944 (80)
BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, USA

Selected Filmography

Brian's Song
Girl Happy
The Donna Reed Show: Season 4
Elvis 75th Anniversary DVD Collection
Coach: Season 3
Elvis Presley MGM Movie Legends Collection
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