Laura Devon

Laura Devon

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Laura Devon
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Devon in The Lieutenant (1964)
Born (1931-05-23)May 23, 1931

Died July 19, 2007(2007-07-19) (aged 76)

Occupation Actress, singer, model
Years active 1959–1967
Spouse(s)
Brian Kelly
(m. 1962; div. 1966)
Maurice Jarre
(m. 1967; div. 1984)
Children Kevin Jarre

Laura Devon (May 23, 1931 – July 19, 2007) was an American actress, singer, and model.

Early life[edit]

Laura Devon was born May 23, 1931 in Chicago. Her birth name has been given as either Mary Lou Briley[1] or Mary Laura Briley. Her father was identified in the press as Merrill Devon, an automotive engineer, and her mother as Velma Prather.[2]

She attended school in Chicago and Grosse Pointe.[2] She entered Wayne State University, majoring in journalism and political science, where she learned how to act in school theater productions.[3]

In 1954, she gave birth to her only child, Kevin, who became a noted screenwriter.[4] After performing in amateur theatricals and light opera,[5] her first professional part was a lead in a production of The Boy Friend at the Vanguard Playhouse in Detroit.[1]

In 1962, she married Brian Kelly, son of Justice Harry F. Kelly, then a member of the Michigan Supreme Court and a former Michigan governor. Kelly was a fellow actor and, a month after their wedding, he and Devon appeared together on stage in Lillian Hellman‘s Toys in the Attic at the Laguna Beach Summer Theater. Two years later, he was to become well known for his role as Porter Ricks on the TV series Flipper. They divorced in January 1966.[1]

Screen career and filmography[edit]

Devon and Dean Martin in Rawhide (1964)

In 1961, Laura Devon was discovered by Bob Goldstein of 20th Century Fox while she was singing at the London Chop House in Detroit.[1] She tells the story of her coming to Hollywood in this way:

During an eight-year period, from 1960 to 1967, Devon had featured roles in numerous popular TV shows. A 1962 appearance in Route 66 was her first significant part.[2] Following that, she appeared in: Insight, The New Breed, The Twilight Zone, Stoney Burke, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Rawhide (an episode entitled “Canliss”, as Dean Martin‘s gunfighter character’s wife in 1964), Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, The Rogues, Bonanza, I Spy, The Fugitive, T.H.E. Cat, The Big Valley, Coronet Blue, and The Invaders. She had a recurring role on four episodes of Dr. Kildare and she was a member of the repertory cast that rotated major and supporting roles on the critically acclaimed series The Richard Boone Show.[6]

In addition, Devon appeared in five feature-length commercial films, playing Rusty Sartori in Goodbye Charlie (1964), Julie Kazarian in Red Line 7000 (1965), Marie Champlain in Chamber of Horrors (1966), Rosemary in A Covenant with Death (1967) and Edie in Gunn (1967).

Marriage[edit]

Devon was married and divorced four times. Her second marriage produced one child, Kevin, born in 1954. Her third husband was actor Brian Kelly, from 1962 to 1966, during which time he was starring in the television series Flipper. In 1967, she married film composer Maurice Jarre and retired from acting. Jarre adopted Devon’s then 13-year-old son, giving the future screenwriter and actor his better known name, Kevin Jarre.[7] Devon and Jarre divorced in 1984.[1]

Singing career[edit]

Laura Devon released only one professional recording, a single: “I Like the Look” (A side)/”Dreamsville” (B side).[8] Both songs were composed by Henry Mancini and were featured in the film Gunn, Devon’s last film. She can be heard on the soundtrack to the 1975 film Mr. Sycamore, performing the song “Time Goes By”, written by her then husband, Maurice Jarre, and lyricist Paul Francis Webster.[9]

Later life and death[edit]

Laura Devon died of heart failure in Beverly Hills on July 19, 2007, aged 76.[10][11]

Actress (26 credits)
 1967 Coronet Blue (TV Series)
Ava Lou Springer

Where You from and What You Done? (1967) … Ava Lou Springer
 1967 Gunn
Edie
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Susan Carver

The Betrayed (1967) … Susan Carver
 1967 A Covenant with Death
Rosemary
 1966 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Sabrina

The Velvet Trap (1966) … Sabrina
 1966 Chamber of Horrors
Marie Champlain
 1966 T.H.E. Cat (TV Series)
Jerrie Loren

Payment Overdue (1966) … Jerrie Loren
 1966 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Penelope Dufour

The Chinese Sunset (1966) … Penelope Dufour
 1965 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Sister Benjamin

Going Home (1965) … Sister Benjamin
The Tent Dwellers (1965) … Sister Benjamin
A Gift of Love (1965) … Sister Benjamin
Fathers and Daughters (1965) … Sister Benjamin
 1965 I Spy (TV Series)
Tatia

Tatia (1965) … Tatia
 1965 Red Line 7000
Julie
 1965 Bonanza (TV Series)

The Search (1965) … (uncredited)
 1965 The Rogues (TV Series)
Barbara Cayasta

Bow to a Master (1965) … Barbara Cayasta
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Laura Macon

Clash of Cymbals (1964) … Laura Macon
 1964 Goodbye Charlie
Rusty Sartori
 1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Augusta Canliss

Canliss (1964) … Augusta Canliss
 1963-1964 The Richard Boone Show (TV Series)
Jessie / Santha / Elise Faubert / …

A Need of Valor (1964) … Santha
All the Blood of Yesterday (1964) … Elise Faubert
The Arena: Part 2 (1964) … Jessie
The Arena: Part 1 (1964) … Jessie
Run, Pony, Run (1964) … (credit only)
 1963 The Lieutenant (TV Series)
Lane Bishop

A Very Private Affair (1963) … Lane Bishop
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Kitty Norris

Death and the Joyful Woman (1963) … Kitty Norris
 1963 Stoney Burke (TV Series)
Stacy Morgan

Forget No More (1963) … Stacy Morgan
 1963 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Ellwyn Glover

Jess-Belle (1963) … Ellwyn Glover
 1963 The Gallant Men (TV Series)
Lt. Diane Kirkland

Boast Not of Tomorrow (1963) … Lt. Diane Kirkland
 1962-1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Beth Chance / Toika Gustafson

A Bunch of Lonely Pagliaccis (1963) … Beth Chance
One Tiger to a Hill (1962) … Toika Gustafson
 1962 Wide Country (TV Series)
Valerie Moore

My Candle Burns at Both Ends (1962) … Valerie Moore
 1962 The New Breed (TV Series)
Ann Fetterson

Walk This Street Lightly (1962) … Ann Fetterson
 1960 Insight (TV Series)
Karen

Fisher of Men (1960) … Karen

 

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