Sunday, December 20, 2009

RIP Connie Hines

Boomhead is reporting on its Facebook page that actress Connie Hines, best remembered by legions of television fans as Carol Post—the spouse of architect Wilbur Post (Alan Young), who owned the talking horse known as Mister Ed in the 1961-66 sitcom of the same name. I’ve not been able to locate an online obituary as of this posting, but according to TSOD this has been confirmed by Stu Shostak at Shokus (“Stu” being the host of the radio interview series Stu’s Show). She was 79.

Born in Dedham, MA in 1931, Hines’ future career, it could be said, was decided for her as her father was an acting coach/teacher in Boston and her mother an actress as well. She married at age 17 and with her husband moved to Miami to join a stock company (after proving herself both onstage and on radio), and after her divorce, later went to New York to study with the famed Helen Hayes Equity Group. By age 22 she had moved to California and rented an apartment, quickly finding work on an episode of the series Whirlybirds.

Hines considered her role as Mrs. Post as little more than a paycheck since the sitcom revolved more around the relationship between husband Wilbur and the chatty mare who spoke only to his master. Her movie resume was a bit thin (the IMDb lists only Thunder in Carolina [1960], a low-budget stock car racing film in which she co-starred with Rory Calhoun and Alan “Skipper” Hale, Jr.) but she was most assuredly a familiar face on the cathode ray tube with guest shots on series such as Bronco, The Millionaire, M Squad, Johnny Ringo, The Untouchables, Shotgun Slade, Perry Mason, Sea Hunt, Bonanza and The Mod Squad.

Hines retired from acting in 1971 and made occasional appearances at conventions alongside her television better half, Alan Young. Though her role on Ed was thankless, she and Young did have a marvelous chemistry and were good chums both on and off-screen.

R.I.P, Ms. Hines. You will be missed.

HINES, Connie
Born: 3/24/1931, Dedham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 12/18/2009, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.

Connie Hines' westerns - actress:
Bronco (TV) - 1959 (Cynthy Harkness)
Johnny Ringo (TV) - 1960 (Lilly)
Shotgun Slade (TV) - 1960 (Katy Conroy)
Riverboat (TV) - 1960 (Lucy Bridges)
Bonanza (TV) - 1969 (Hilda Cutter)

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