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Amazing Actress Doran Clark

Happy Birthday, Doran Clark!

Born August 8th, 1954, Leo Sun Sign

A couple of years ago I discovered vintage mysteries on one of the Hallmark channels and am enjoying delving into such shows as Columbo, Diagnosis Murder, Matlock, Hart to Hart, and especially Murder She Wrote. While watching these series from the 1980s and 90s, a fascinating talent named Doran Clark caught my attention. There is something magical and enigmatic about her, whatever role she plays. I first noticed her in an episode of Matlock entitled The Vacation. In that one she played a hit woman hired to murder an old school chum. Her reaction upon being found out was minimalistic and chilling. She had a semblance of a marble statue about her, compartmentalizing her profession while displaying a tiny and deeply buried thread of tension and remorse.

Although she played in a number of television shows and movies, Doran Clark is not always easily recognizable. In fact she’s rather like a chameleon. It’s not just that her hair and clothing changes. She changes. I guess that’s what good acting is all about. After seeing her in Matlock and an enthralling episode of Murder She Wrote called Angel of Death, I decided to blog about her. To my astonishment the next night I watched two thirds of another episode of Murder She Wrote entitled Deadly Lady before realizing the actress portraying one of four sisters was none other than Doran Clark. She looked and acted THAT different. Amazing.

She makes a brief appearance in this movie trailer on You Tube. Keep going past the beginning until you get to the dark haired actress:

I love seeing the old mystery shows with their parade of guest stars. One of the best and most versatile was Doran Clark. Kudos to the actress for such outstanding and entertaining performances.

New information: Blog reader Tom Gill recently notified me that Doran’s grandfather was WWII General Mark Clark who led US and combined Allied forces in recapturing Italy from the Nazis! How’s that for an auspicious family tie?

I wish we could see Doran Clark in action today. Do you enjoy vintage television mysteries? Which are your favorites?

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance