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Dee Hartford Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jan 1, 0001
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Dee Hartford was a model turned actress who became the third wife of director [[Performer~P93764~Howard Hawks~howardhawks]]. Born Donna Higgins in 1927, she was the older sister of [[Performer~P208931~Eden Hartford~edenhartford]], who married [[Performer~P46156~Groucho Marx~grouchomarx]] in 1954. Dee Hartford initially achieved fame in the late '40s as a model for Vogue magazine -- a tall brunette with beautifully etched features, she could stop traffic or conversation in a room by entering it, and cut a startling figure in photographs. Hartford chalked up exactly one big-screen credit in her early career, with a role in the 1952 [[Performer~P46156~Groucho Marx~grouchomarx]] vehicle [[Feature~V19821~A Girl in Every Port~agirlineveryport]], directed by [[Performer~P89110~Chester Erskine~chestererskine]]. She married [[Performer~P93764~Hawks~howardhawks]] -- who was more than 30 years her senior -- the following year, and did no acting during the six years that they were together. The two divorced in 1959, but the director gave her a small uncredited role in his 1965 film [[Feature~V40704~Red Line 7000~redline7000]]. She had already resumed her acting career by then, on Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Burke's Law, [[Feature~V175248~The Outer Limits~theouterlimits[tvseries]]] ("The Invisibles"), and [[Feature~V133223~The Twilight Zone~thetwilightzone[tvseries][19591964]]] ("[[Feature~V198437~Bewitchin' Pool~thetwilightzone:thebewitchinpool]]"). Her later work included appearances on Batman, Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants, and [[Feature~V175155~Lost in Space~lostinspace[tvseries]]]. Her work on the latter three series likely came about in part as a result of Hartford's sister [[Performer~P208931~Eden~edenhartford]]'s marriage to [[Performer~P46156~Groucho Marx~grouchomarx]] -- [[Performer~P46156~Marx~grouchomarx]] was one of the primary investors in [[Performer~P79369~Irwin Allen~irwinallen]]'s production company, which was responsible for all three programs. Her performance as the android Verda in the 1966 [[Feature~V175155~Lost in Space~lostinspace[tvseries]]] episode "The Android Machine" led to her return in the same role in a sequel, "Revolt of the Androids." Hartford brought an engaging warmth and sincerity to the role of an android who finds herself turning into a human, and is no longer content to allow herself to be treated like a piece of property, with no rights. As a result of "Revolt of the Androids," Hartford became one of the most popular female guest stars in the three-year run of the series. Her last screen role to date was in Michael Campus' 1976 thriller [[Feature~V112357~Survival~survival]]. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

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