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Shelley Fabares (1944)

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Michele Ann Marie "Shelley" Fabares is an American actress and singer. Fabares is known for her roles as Donna Reed's oldest child, Mary Stone, on The Donna Reed Show , and as Craig T. Nelson's love interest and eventual wife, Christine Armstrong Fox, on the sitcom Coach. She also was Elvis Presley's co-star in three films. Fabares hit number one with the 1962 song "Johnny Angel".

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 early life and career
Born Michele Ann Marie Fabares in Santa Monica, California, she is the niece of Nanette Fabray. Fabares began acting at age three, and at age 10 made her television debut in an episode of Letter to Loretta. After guest-starring on various television series, Fabares landed the role of "Mary Stone" in the long-running family sitcom The Donna Reed Show.

Her national popularity led to a recording contract and two "Top 40" hits, including "Johnny Angel," which went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1962 and peaked at #41 in the UK. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. Fabares left The Donna Reed Show in 1963 to pursue a film career. She appeared in a number of motion pictures, including three Elvis movies: Girl Happy , Spinout , and Clambake .

During the 1970s Fabares appeared on several television series, including Love, American Style, The Rockford Files, The Interns, Mannix and Fantasy Island. In 1971, she starred as "Joy Piccolo", opposite Billy Dee Williams and James Caan in the hugely successful TV movie Brian's Song, the true story of terminally ill Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo .

In 1978 Fabares played "Francine Webster" on One Day at a Time, a role she would reprise throughout the series run.

In 1989 she won the role of "Christine Armstrong Fox" on the ABC sitcom Coach. For her work, Fabares was nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy Award.

After Coach ended in 1997, Fabares played the voice-role of Martha "Ma" Kent in Superman: The Animated Series. She reprised it twice for a 2003 episode of Justice League and the 2006 direct-to-video film Superman: Brainiac Attacks.

 personal life
Fabares is a lifelong friend of Annette Funicello whom she met in catechism class in the seventh grade. She also is the niece of singer-actress Nanette Fabray.

Fabares married Jan & Dean's record producer, Lou Adler, in June 1964, separating in 1966 and divorcing in 1980. In 1984 Fabares married actor Mike Farrell, and is stepmother to his two children, Erin and Michael Farrell, from a previous marriage.

In October 2000 she received a life-saving liver transplant after being diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis.

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Name Duration Released
Keep Your Love Locked 02:12 04/1963
Her Royal Majesty 02:13 04/1963
She Can't Find Her Keys 02:32 04/1963
Goodbye Cruel World 02:24 04/1963
Vacation 02:20 09/1962
The Things We Did Last Summer 02:27 09/1962
Sealed with a Kiss 02:39 09/1962
Johnny Loves Me 02:21 09/1962
Roses Are Red 02:42 09/1962
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do 02:05 09/1962
Where's It Gonna Get Me 02:11 06/1962
Boy of My Own 02:07 06/1962
True Love 02:33 06/1962
Picnic 02:10 06/1962
Love Letters 02:13 06/1962
Johnny Angel 02:19 02/1962

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