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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

 

Vintage Friday: Wayne Rogers in Stagecoach West 1960

This week we lost one of my favorite actors and people, Wayne Rogers, born William Wayne McMillan Rogers III on April 7, 1933 in Alabama. After graduating from Princeton with a degree in history followed by three years in the Navy, he caught the acting bug– lucky for his fans. Best known for his iconic role as Trapper John McIntyre in the television series MASH, Wayne Rogers went on to excel in many other roles. One that comes to mind is his recurring portrayal of private eye Charlie Garrett in Murder She Wrote. Years before MASH, however, I remember Wayne Rogers from reruns of a 1960-61 television western entitled Stagecoach West. I have fond memories of watching the show after school with my sister. Wayne played U.S. Marshall Luke Perry, and the action revolved around the overland route of the Timberland Stage Line from Missouri to California. Sometimes I think the action adventure I prefer to include in my paranormal romances owes a debt to the shoot ’em up old timey westerns my family used to watch. Did you ever see Stagecoach West?

Cheers & Happy Reading!

GuardianoftheDeep_SM (1)Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance

Vintage Friday: Actress Doran Clark

Recently 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 dedicate a Vintage Friday blog to 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.

The dark haired actress makes a brief appearance in this movie trailer on You Tube:

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. Do you enjoy vintage television mysteries? Which are your favorites?

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