Marian McCargo

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Marian Bell (McCargo)

Also Known As: "Marian McCargo Bell", "Marian Moses"
Birthdate: (72)
Death: April 07, 2004 (72)
Santa Monica, CA, United States (pancreatic cancer)
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Wife of Alphonzo Edward Bell, Jr. and Private
Mother of Private; William R. Moses; Private and Private

Occupation: Tennis star and actress
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About Marian McCargo

Biography for Marian McCargo More at IMDbPro » Date of Birth 18 March 1932, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Date of Death 7 April 2004, Santa Monica, California, USA (pancreatic cancer)

Mini Biography

Former Tennis Champion before she became an actress! During her days on the Silver screen, she was regarded as a classy lady. She had gone to the same finishing school as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and frequented Martha's Vineyard. IMDb Mini Biography By: KenMalansky


Alphonzo E, Bell Jr. (7 November 1970 - 7 April 2004) (her death)

Richard Cantrell Moses (15 September 1951 - 1963) (divorced) 4 children


Mother of Graham Moses, actor William R. Moses, director Harry Moses and actor Rick Moses.

She tried out for the role of "Maggie", on "Falcon Crest" (1981), the mother of "Cole", the character played by her son, William R. Moses, but was rejected because she looked too old. She later tried out for the part of Maggie's mother, but that time she was too young. She later got the part of Jordan Roberts' mother.

Was married to former Rep. Alphonzo Bell Jr. of California.

After she married Alphonzo Bell Jr., she raised his three boys along with her own four. She gave up a film career to raise her family and support her husband's political career. Family was so important to her. She still continued to do some acting stints here and there.

Her beauty and elegance were compared to those of Grace Kelly.


Marian McCargo Bell (March 18, 1932 – April 7, 2004) was a tennis champ who later found success in film and television. (She was sometimes credited as "Marian Moses", particularly in her earlier T.V. and film appearances.)

Born in Pittsburgh, McCargo attended Boston's West Hills College. Several sources claim she won the tennis' Wightman Cup but a check of the U.S. Wightman Cup team shows no McCargo on its rosters. And, despite claims she defeated Maureen Connolly at Forest Hills in 1950, Connolly, in fact, lost in the second round at Forest HIlls to second-seeded Doris Hart of Jacksonville 6-2, 7-5, on August 30, 1950. (see New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, August 31, 1952).

In 1951, she married Richard Cantrell Moses, who later became an advertising executive in Los Angeles. They had four sons. Graham Moses, actor William R. Moses, director Harry Moses, and actor Rick Moses.

McCargo first entered acting as a supporting player on such popular television shows like Perry Mason; in 1964 she played murder victim Sibyll Pollard in "The Case of the Latent Lover," and in 1965 she played defendant Louise Selff in "The Case of the Wrathful Wraith." She also made appearances on television shows like Hawaii Five-O, Hogan's Heroes, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Mannix, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E..

She made her feature film debut in the crime comedy Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966) which also the debut film of Harrison Ford. Roles in Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968) playing opposite Peter Lawford and also with Gina Lollobrigida, Shelley Winters, Telly Savalas, and Phil Silvers, The Undefeated (with John Wayne and Rock Hudson) and Doctors' Wives followed in 1970. McCargo also became known for her role as Harriet Roberts on the nighttime soap Falcon Crest.

She divorced Moses in 1963. In 1970, she married U.S. Congressman Alphonzo E. Bell, Jr. of California, a widower with three sons of his own. McCargo retired from acting to become a political wife. Using the married name Marian McCargo Bell, she was active politically during his eight-term congressional career and campaigned for her husband, including during his unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 1976.

She died of pancreatic cancer in 2004 in Santa Monica, California.

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Marian McCargo's Timeline

March 18, 1932
November 17, 1959
Age 27
Los Angeles, California, United States
April 7, 2004
Age 72
Santa Monica, CA, United States