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Donna Beatrice Cramer (Higgins)

Also Known As: "Dee Hartford"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edgar Higgins and Beatrice Higgins
Wife of Stuart W. Cramer, III
Ex-wife of Howard Winchester Hawks
Mother of <private> Hawks
Sister of Eden Hartford

Occupation: Model/Actress
Managed by: Private User
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About Dee Hartford

Dee Hartford (born Donna Higgins) is a retired American television actress. She was married to Howard Hawks from 1953 to 1959. Hartford was a model turned actress who became the third wife of director Howard Hawks. She initially achieved fame in the late '40s as a model for Vogue magazine. Hartford was cast in one big-screen credit in her early career, with a role in the 1952 Groucho vehicle A Girl in Every Port, directed by Chester Erskine. She married Hawks, who was more than 30 years her senior, the following year, and did no acting during the six years they were together. They divorced in 1959, but the director gave her a small uncredited role in his 1965 film Red Line 7000. She had already resumed her acting career by then, appearing on such television programs as Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Burke's Law, The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone. Her later work included appearances on Batman, Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants and Lost in Space. Her work on the latter three series may have came about partly as a result of her younger sister Eden's marriage to Groucho Marx (from 1954 to 1969). Marx was one of the primary investors in Irwin Allen's production company, which was responsible for all three programs. Her performance as the android Verda in the 1966 Lost in Space episode "The Android Machine" led to her return in the same role in a sequel, "Revolt of the Androids". As a result of "Revolt of the Androids", Hartford became one of the most popular female guest stars in the three-year run of the series. Her last screen role to date was in Michael Campus' 1976 thriller Survival. --------------------------------------- Entries: 153645 Updated: 2009-01-31 05:59:48 UTC (Sat) Contact: Home Page: Dowling Family Genealogy

ID: I043029

Name: Dee HARTFORD

Sex: F

Birth: Private

Father: Edgar HIGGINS b: 18 SEP 1884 in St. George, UT

Mother: Beatrice THOMAS b: 30 MAR 1894 in Lehi, UT

Marriage 1 Howard Winchester HAWKS b: 30 MAY 1896 in Goshen, IN

Married: Private

Marriage Beginning Status: Private ---------------------------------------

Biography 

Dee Hartford was a model turned actress who became the third wife of director Howard Hawks. Born Donna Higgins in 1927, she was the older sister of Eden Hartford, who married Groucho Marx in 1954. Dee Hartford initially achieved fame in the late '40s as a model for Vogue magazine -- a tall brunette with... beautifully etched features, she could stop traffic or conversation in a room by entering it, and cut a startling figure in photographs. Hartford chalked up exactly one big-screen credit in her early career, with a role in the 1952 Groucho Marx vehicle A Girl in Every Port, directed by Chester Erskine. She married Hawks -- who was more than 30 years her senior -- the following year, and did no acting during the six years that they were together. The two divorced in 1959, but the director gave her a small uncredited role in his 1965 film Red Line 7000. She had already resumed her acting career by then, on Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Burke's Law, The Outer Limits ("The Invisibles"), and The Twilight Zone ("Bewitchin' Pool"). Her later work included appearances on Batman, Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants, and Lost in Space. Her work on the latter three series likely came about in part as a result of Hartford's sister Eden's marriage to Groucho Marx -- Marx was one of the primary investors in Irwin Allen's production company, which was responsible for all three programs. Her performance as the android Verda in the 1966 Lost in Space episode "The Android Machine" led to her return in the same role in a sequel, "Revolt of the Androids." Hartford brought an engaging warmth and sincerity to the role of an android who finds herself turning into a human, and is no longer content to allow herself to be treated like a piece of property, with no rights. As a result of "Revolt of the Androids," Hartford became one of the most popular female guest stars in the three-year run of the series. Her last screen role to date was in Michael Campus' 1976 thriller Survival. ~ Bruce Eder, All Movie Guide


wikipedia - Dee Hartford (born April 21, 1928, Salt Lake City, Utah) is a retired American television actress. She was married to Howard Hawks from 1953 to 1959. Her sister was actress Eden Hartford.


Born as Donna Higgins, Dee Hartford was a model and actress when she married director Howard Hawks. She initially achieved fame in the late '40s as a model for Vogue magazine. Hartford was cast in one big-screen credit in her early career, with a role in A Girl in Every Port (1952), directed by Chester Erskine.[1]


She married Hawks in 1953 and did no acting during the six years they were together. They divorced in 1959, though she had an uncredited role in his 1965 film Red Line 7000. She later appeared in Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Burke's Law, The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone, Batman, Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants and Lost in Space.[1] She appeared as the android Verda in the 1966 Lost in Space episode "The Android Machine" and in a sequel, "Revolt of the Androids". -------------------------------------- marries Cramer in a church wedding in Laguna, a picturesque beach resort south of Los Angeles. He's 44; she's 38. The ceremony is limited to a few relatives, but a wedding reception will be held in Beverly Hills in October after they return from their honeymoon, spent yachting off the coast of Florida. Right after the wedding, the newlyweds fly to North Carolina where Stuart's mother gives them a party at her Linville estate. They'll settle in Beverly Hills in a house Stuart just bought for her. Columnist Suzy comments: "Sweet old Stuart."



            
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Dee Hartford's Timeline

1928
April 21, 1928
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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