Whitney BLAKE

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AmericanBorn Nancy Ann WHITNEY

American film and television actress, director and producer

Born on February 20, 1926 in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, California, USA , United States

Died on February 28, 2002 in Edgartown, Massachusetts, USA

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Blake was born as Nancy Ann Whitney in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, California, the first child of Harry and Martha Mae (née Wilkerson) Whitney. Her childhood was spent traveling across the country with her family, attending 16 different schools. While attending Pasadena City College, she worked in small-theater groups in the Los Angeles area. In the summer, she worked at her mother's ice cream stand in McMinnville, Oregon.



After her appearance in an amateur Hollywood production of The Women caught the attention of talent scouts, she appeared on a number of television programs, including the syndicated Johnny Midnight, Sheriff of Cochise, and twice on Rod Cameron's State Trooper.

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In addition, she guest-starred on Mike Connors's Tightrope detective series, in the 1960 episode "High Bridge" of the NBC western series Overland Trail starring William Bendix and Doug McClure. She also appeared in the first episode of the syndicated western series Pony Express in the episode "The Good Samaritan". Her guest appearance in the short-lived series "The D.A.'s Man" garnered an Emmy nomination in 1959.



Blake is best remembered for having portrayed Dorothy Baxter, an interior designer and the wife of George Baxter (Don DeFore), a lawyer, on the NBC sitcom Hazel (1961), starring Shirley Booth in the title role as a bossy maid. In the last season on CBS, DeFore and Blake left the series and were replaced by Ray Fulmer and Lynn Borden, respectively in the roles of Steve and Barbara Baxter, the younger brother and sister-in-law of George Baxter.



After Hazel ended, she guest-starred in an episode of ABC's western series The Legend of Jesse James. In 1967 she played attorney Lee Drake on The Andy Griffith Show. As demand for her in network television and films waned, she became a Los Angeles television talk show host. After that, she reinvented herself and became a film/television director and producer.



Blake guest-starred as "Angie" in "Incident of the Curious Street" in Series 1 Episode 13 of Rawhide, and played leading lady to James Garner in "The Day They Hanged Bret Maverick", the 1958 second season opener for Maverick. She also appeared on the first episode of the long running television program Perry Mason as the defendant Evelyn Bagby (and at least one later episode), and appeared in the first film version of a Mike Hammer novel when she starred in My Gun Is Quick in the 1950s.



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