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'The Joey Bishop Show' & 'Falcon Crest' Actress, Abby Dalton Dies at 88 — inside Her Life

Joe Akins
Dec 01, 2020
08:08 A.M.
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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.

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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.

A publicity photo of Abby Dalton, circa.1963. | Photo: NBC Television, Wikimedia Commons

A publicity photo of Abby Dalton, circa.1963. | Photo: NBC Television, Wikimedia Commons

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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."

Abby Dalton on an episode of the CBS anthology series "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars," which aired onJune 8, 1958. | Photo: Getty Images

Abby Dalton on an episode of the CBS anthology series "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars," which aired onJune 8, 1958. | Photo: Getty Images

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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."

Publicity photo of Abby Dalton as Martha Hale in an episode of the television program Hennessey, that aired on September 17,1962  | Photo: CBS Television, Wikimedia Commons

Publicity photo of Abby Dalton as Martha Hale in an episode of the television program Hennessey, that aired on September 17,1962 | Photo: CBS Television, Wikimedia Commons

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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.

A publicity photo of Joey Bishop and Abby Dalton from an episode of the Joey Bishop sitcom, on  August 31, 1962. | Photo: NBC Photos, Wikimedia Commons

A publicity photo of Joey Bishop and Abby Dalton from an episode of the Joey Bishop sitcom, on August 31, 1962. | Photo: NBC Photos, Wikimedia Commons

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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.

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