Fort Collins High School graduate, 'El Dorado' movie star dies
By Jacob Laxen
December 3, 2018
A 1960 Fort Collins High School graduate who went on to star in films alongside John Wayne and Elvis Presley died late last month.
Michele Carey, 75, died of natural causes in Newport Beach, California, on Nov. 21 according to the Orange County Coroner's Office.
A spokesperson who ran Carey's Facebook page said she was buried on Sunday in Fort Collins beside her parents, Stanley and Thelma Henson, in a private ceremony.
Carey was born as Michele Lee Henson on Feb. 26, 1942, in Annapolis, Maryland, but later moved to Rochester, Minnesota, and then Fort Collins in 1956 — her father who passed earlier this year was the oldest living NCAA wrestling champion and served as Fort Collins' first surgeon.
At Fort Collins High School, she studied drama and later earned a professional contract with Denver's Powers Modeling Co. She moved to Hollywood at age 21 to pursue her acting career.
Carey is best known on the big screen for her role as Josephine (Joey) MacDonald in the 1967 John Wayne western "El Dorado." She also starred along side Elvis in the 1968 film "Live a Little, Love a Little."
She made numerous guest television appearances including on "Mission Impossible," "The Wild Wild West," "Gunsmoke," and "Starsky and Hutch." She appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1971 and 1973.
Carey retired from acting in 1986 and kept a low profile. She married Fred Strebel in 1999 — he died in 2011.
Carey is survived by her siblings: Janine Robberson, Stanley Henson III and George Henson II.
Born: 2/26/1942, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A.
Died: 11/21/2018, Newport Beach, California U.S.A.
Michele Carey’s westerns – actress:
El Dorado – 1967 (Josephine (Joey) MacDonald)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967, 1969 (Gerda Sharff, Laurette)
The Animals – 1970 (Alice McAndrew)
Dirty Dingus Magee – 1970 (Anna Hot Water)
Scandalous John – 1971 (Amanda McCanless)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (Betsy Jamison)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1972 (Tara Hutson)
Dirty Sally (TV) – 1974 (Dolly)
The Legend of the Golden Gun (TV) – 1979 (Maggie)