Shelley Fabares

(Michele Ann Marie "Shelley" Fabares)

Shelley Fabares
Shelley Fabares
  • Born: January 19, 1944
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress, Singer

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Michele Ann Marie "Shelley" Fabares is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Donna Reed's daughter Mary Stone on The Donna Reed Show (1958–63) and as Hayden Fox's love interest (and eventual wife) Christine Armstrong on the sitcom Coach (1989–97). She was Elvis Presley's co-star in three films. In 1962, her recording of "Johnny Angel" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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I can't think of my life without Donna Reed. She has been such an enormous influence on my life. Life
I didn't have a dysfunctional childhood or young adulthood, but I was somebody who was very much raised to do what other people told me to do as a person.
I had to have a complete liver transplant.
I had to have a complete liver transplant. I waited with a beeper for a year and 10 months to get that gift.
I think the years on 'The Donna Reed Show,' the years from 14 to 19, were so incredibly important. Donna Reed was simply an extraordinary woman, a woman of great strength, kindness, integrity and compassion. I am not trying to make her sound like a saint, but she had the most profound influence on me. I carry her with me today.
I waited with a beeper for a year and 10 months to get that gift.
I was dying but suddenly had a second chance at living.
I was not a Mouseketeer, but a lot of people think I was.
It's a terrifying thing to be perhaps 16 or 17 and feel like you are a failure and a has-been. Failure
One can't change one's life experience, but even if I could, I wouldn't change it because of all the wonderful things that have happened to me. Life
The chances of a child coming through as I did... the world is too hard. On the other hand, I would always encourage children of mine if they wanted to be in school plays and dance and sing. But I wouldn't put them to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There is a bedrock decency to people in the Midwest. They are thoughtful and ready to help you if something needs to be done.
They had to match blood type and meet all sorts of things I don't know about.
This is the kind of situation that can tear people apart. It tears at the fabric of your soul and can certainly tear at your marriage and ours has gotten only stronger. Families, Children & Parenting
We need to appreciate how precious life is. Life

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