December 01, 2020
Actress Abby Dalton lived a life of many achievements, films, and shows to her name, and after so many years of being a famous name in the industry, she passed away this November at the age of 88.
Best known for her television roles on the sitcoms "Hennesey," and "The Joey Bishop Show," and the soap opera "Falcon Crest," actress Abby Dalton (real name Gladys Marlene Wasden) dominated the 50s and thereafter in her own right.
The bubbly actress began her career starring in many Roger Corman movies, including "The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent" in 1957.
She was also a long-standing original panelist on "The Hollywood Squares," the NBC game show which premiered in 1966.
That same year in 1966, she portrayed Calamity Jane alongside "A Hatful of Rain's" Don Murray and "Ask Any Girl" actor Guy Stockwell in a remake of the iconic 1936 Western, "The Plainsman."
From 1967 to 1969, she worked on the CBS sketch comedy program, "The Jonathan Winters Show." Dalton also played the wife of Hal Linden's character in the first episode of the ABC comedy "Barney Miller."
However, when the show was renewed as a midseason replacement in January 1975, Dalton was replaced by "One Potato, Two Potato" actress Barbara Barrie. From the early '80s to the mid-80s, she went on to play the scheming heiress Julia Cumson in soap "Falcon Crest."
While working on her many projects, Dalton also kept herself busy by making guest appearances on shows like "Have Gun Will Travel," before she landed her role on the CBS comedy "Hennesey." Her role in the CBS show scored her an Emmy nomination.
From "Hennesey," Dalton moved on to NBC's "The Joey Bishop Show" as Ellie Barnes. Dalton was always fun to have on game shows.
Born in Las Vegas, Dalton was an avid skier, a wonderful equestrian as well as a respected amateur celebrity tennis player.
She was married twice, first to Jack Smith in 1960, and they had three children, including actress Kathleen Kinmont. Second, to Joe Mondragon, with whom she also later parted ways.
Dalton passed away on November 23 in Los Angeles following a long illness at the age of 88. The tributes from fans who loved the star back in the day were touching and genuine. The actress certainly lived a good life and left behind a legacy worth remembering.