Hollywood Hills News
HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Friday, December 5, Hollywood Hills actress and Los Angeles businesswoman, Beverly Garland, died at her home after being ill. Garland was 82.
She starred in movies that may not be considered in the same league with “Gone with the Wind” and “Double Indemnity” but films that captured a cult following such as “Swamp Women,” “Badlands of Montana” ”“ you name it! A following where each year fans would join the actress at her famed hotel in Universal City, which bared her name. The Beverly Garland Hotel was well-known by tourists from every continent on the planet and Beverly was always there alongside her concierge to greet guests to the hotel.
One of Hollywood’s most distinguished and beloved ladies, in the mid 1990s ABC’s casting director Mark Teschner tapped her for a role in his soap “Port Charles.” One of her costars was actor, photographer, artist Jeffrey Byron, who told Canyon News, “Beverly was an angel to work with. I really enjoyed our scenes together and she added such class to the show, similar to the class my mom, Anna Lee, added to our sister soap 'General Hospital.'”
Known to many from TV appearances on “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” and “Seventh Heaven,” Garland became her name when she married Richard Garland in 1949. However, she found her soul mate, Fillmore Crank, who she married in 1960. The real estate developer bought a piece of property in Universal City from famed movie icon Gene Autry and Beverly said after months of working on the property to open the hotel, “On the first morning a guest came down and said, Beverly, I love this hotel because it reminded me of my grandmother’s farm. Because the first thing I heard this morning was cock-a-doodle-doo!” Beverly laughed and lamented on the fact a truck carrying chickens had turned over just weeks earlier in front of the hotel and she and husband Fillmore Crank didn’t have the heart to call the humane society to have the chickens gathered up.
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