Saturday, January 16, 2016

RIP Noreen Corcoran

Bachelor Father actress Noreen Corcoran has died
January 15, 2015

Noreen Corcoran, an actress who was best known as Kelly Gregg on the TV series “Bachelor Father” has died. She was 72. Her death was first announced by the administrator of her Facebook page. This tribute page, administered by Chelsea Klein, is the official facebook page for the actress.

Noreen was part of a group of acting siblings that included sister Donna (“Angels in the Outfield," "Don't Bother to Knock") and brother Kevin (Moochie in the Disney TV dramas), along with Hugh, Brian, and Kelly. Before her role on TV, Noreen appeared in many films, including “Band of Angels“ (1957) with Clark Gable.

It was Ronald Reagan, then an actor, who saw the screen tests for “Bachelor Father” and recommended Noreen to the show’s star John Forsythe. So Noreen was hired to play Kelly, a girl whose was orphaned and stayed with her handsome bachelor uncle, and his servant, Peter, played by Sammee Tong.

Noreen remained with “Bachelor Father” for its entire run until 1963. She appeared in a few more films and TV shows until leaving acting in 1966. She then embarked on a private career with the Lewitzky Dance Company working behind the scenes.

Noreen Corcoran retired in 2004 and never married. She maintained contact with John Forsythe until his death in 2010, and took part in a reunion of the show for a proposed documentary along with fellow actors James Hong, Bernadette Withers, and Sue Ann Langdon, as well as John Forsythe’s daughter Brooke. Noreen's brother Kelly died in 2002. Her brother Brian died in 2014. And brother Kevin passed away in October of 2015.

Born: 10/20/1943, Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 1/15/2016, Van Nuys, California, U.S.A.

Noreen Corcoran’s westerns – actress:
Apache Drums – 1951 (child)
The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV) – 1952 (Anita Alba)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV) – 1955 (Judy)
Circus Boy (TV) – 1957 (Jill)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1964 (Ellen)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1965 (Sharon)

1 comment:

  1. A child actor of the olden times. She was no Angela Cartwright, but who was?