Wednesday, March 3, 2010

RIP Helen Talbot

Bailey, Helen Talbot
April 7, 1924 - January 29, 2010
Our beloved mother, grandmother, relative and friend made a peaceful transition in La Jolla, CA. Under contract with Republic Studios in the 1940's, she was featured in 45 western movies and serials and had a devoted following for decades. A vivacious, engaging, and generous woman who loved her family and friends. Survived by daughter Kathy Hearn, grandchildren Ian and Susana Wolds and relatives Dan and Barbara Darling and family.

Born Helen Darling, she was adopted by the Smith family in 1937 and lived with them until 1941, when she left to live with her brother Dan Darling's family, a milkman in West Los Angeles, and the Smiths moved to Rochester, New York. She attended Emerson Jr. High in Westwood Village, California and University High School in West Los Angeles, CA 1936-1941. Actress Faith Damerque (Kelli Garner) was in the same class and lived across the street from them on S. Carmelina Avenue in Brentwood. Helen was under contract with Paramount in 1942 or '43 and was Don "Red" Barry's leading lady in a few Westerns, then became Paramount's Queen of the Serials.

Helen married Richard M. "Dick" Hearn, a UniHi classmate and returning Navy fighter pilot veteran, in 1945; they moved to South Bend, Iowa where he attended Notre Dame University and earned his degree in Corporate Law before returning to West Los Angeles. They had one daughter before Dick died about 1965. In 1969 Helen married Larry Bailey, owner of a bakery in Northridge, CA. Larry died about 1980 and Helen moved to LaJolla, California.

Celebration of LIfe Sunday, March 7, 2 PM North Hollywood Church of Religious Science.

TALBOT, Helen (Helen Darling)
Born: 4/7/1924, Concordia, Kansas, U.S.A.
Died: 1/29/2010, LaJolla, California, U.S.A.

Helen Talbot's westerns - actress:
Canyon City - 1943 (Edith Gleason)
California Joe - 1943 (Judith Carteret)
Outlaws of Santa Fe - 1944 (Ruth Gordon)
Song of Nevada - 1944 (Dorothy)
San Fernando Valley - 1944 (ranchhand)
Corpus Christi Bandits - 1945 (Dorothy Adams)
Lone Texas Ranger - 1945 (Sally Carter)
Bells of Rosarita - 1945 (Helen)
Trail of Kit Carson - 1945 (Joan Benton)
Don't Fence Me In - 1945 (dancer)


  1. She was a beautiful and talented Actress. Thanks for some great "Westerns".

  2. I am thankful for the experience of knowing Helen and grateful in the knowledge that I was one of her closest and dearest friends. Her passing left me with the feeling that I had lost a friend and a relative in spirit. Bless You Helen for all of our phone calls and letters. Mike.

  3. Her hometown of Concordia Kansas is proud of her! May she rest in peace.

  4. I used to car pool with her in the mid-80's when she lived in No Hollywood and worked for NACA. I've always been a big comics and serials fan, but in those early VHS days I hadn't seen enough of them to have a good conversation with her about them. My loss. Bye Helen!