Her best-known role in the ’60s was as a wealthy blind woman eager to see in “The Eyes,” an installment of the 1969 NBC TV movie “Night Gallery” directed by a young Steven Spielberg.
in the 1930s, Blondell started doing more serious roles in such films as “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (1945) and six years later earned an Oscar nomination in the melodrama “The Blue Veil.” She found success on Broadway in the 1950s and returned to the screen in the 1957 hit comedies “Desk Set” and “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” Blondell guest starred on countless series including “Dr.
She became a small screen superstar in the ABC 1965-69 Western series “The Big Valley,” for which she won an Emmy.
Despite being robbed and beaten in 1981, the stalwart Stanwyck was soon back to work and earned another Emmy in 1983 for the ABC miniseries “The Thorn Birds.” She then starred with Charlton Heston in “The Colbys,” the 1985-86 ABC spinoff of “Dynasty." Called the First Lady of Hollywood, Dunne earned five Oscar nominations (1931’s “Cimarron,” 1936’s “Theodora Goes Wild,” 1937’s “The Awful Truth,” 1939’s “Love Affair,” 1941’s “Penny Serenade” and 1948’s “I Remember Mama”) before she retired from films at 54 with the 1952 comedy “It Grows on Trees.” She guest starred in a handful of TV series in the 1950s, making her final turn in 1962 “General Electric Theater.” Dunne, who was a private person, was married for nearly 40 years to a dentist and adopted a daughter in the late 1930s.
Pollifax-Spy.” Russell battled rheumatoid arthritis and the cortisone she took for the disease made her look puffy when she acted for the last time in the 1972 TV movie “The Crooked Hearts.” As the disease got worse, she became more reclusive.