Sarah Marshall
Birth Date:
March 25, 1933
Birth Place:
London, England, UK
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Goodbye, Charlie


British actress Sarah Marshall, also known as Darah Marshall, has been in show business since the early 1950s and was nominated for a 1960 Tony Award in the category of Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for her performance in George Axelrod's “Goodbye, Charlie” (1959-1960). Starting out making guest appearances in various TV series, including “Robert Montgomery Presents,” she first came to the attention of moviegoers playing Joanne Woodward's close friend in the Martin Ritt drama “The Long, Hot Summer” (1958). It was followed by supporting roles in such movies as “Wild and Wonderful” (1964), “A Rage to Live” (1965), “Lord Love a Duck” (1966), “Embassy” (1972), “Dave” (1993), “Bad Blood” (2006) and “Bad Blood... the Hunger” (2009). On the small screen, Marshall has appeared in several American television series, including “The Twilight Zone,” “Star Trek,” “Get Smart,” “The Jeffersons,” “Remington Steele” and “Cheers” and delivered good performances in the television movie adaptations “Applause” (CBS, 1973) and “The Letter” (ABC, 1982), where she played Karen Richards and Dorothy Joyce, respectively.

Marshall and her former husband, Melvyn Bourne (together from 1952 to 1956), share one child together.


Childhood and Family:

Sarah Marshall was born on May 25, 1933, in London, England. She is the daughter of actor Herbert Marshall (1890-1966) and actress Edna Best (1900-1974).

At age 19, on June 13, 1952, Sarah married Melvyn Bourne, but they divorced in 1956. The marriage produced one child.

The Long, Hot Summer


Sarah Marshall made her television acting debut with a small role in the “Hallmark Hall of Fame” episode “King Richard II,” which was broadcasted in January 1954. It was followed by appearances in the “Kraft Theatre” episode “Emma” (as Harriet Smith), the “Robert Montgomery Presents” episode “David Copperfield” (as Agnes Wickfield, 1954), the “Producers' Showcase” episode “Cyrano de Bergerac” (1955), the “Appointment with Adventure” episode “State of Siege” (1955), the “The United States Steel Hour” episode “Counterfeit” (1955, as Elsie), the “Studio One in Hollywood” episode “The Unmentionable Blues” (1957, as Fay) and an episode of “Adventures of the Sea Hawk” (1958, as Janis). She also appeared in three episodes of the John Forsythe comedy “Bachelor Father” called “Bentley and the Baby Sitter” (1957), “Bentley's Prospective Son-In-Law” (1958) and “Bentley and the Teenage Siren” (1958). Her first film break arrived when she landed the role of Agnes Stewart in “The Long, Hot Summer” (1958), a drama directed by Martin Ritt that starred Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury and Orson Welles. In 1960, her career received a boost with her Tony Award nominating performance in “Goodbye, Charlie,” a play by George Axelrod. The production, starring Lauren Bacall, ran for 109 performances during 1959-1960.

Marshall guest starred in a number of television series during the 1960s, such as “Startime” (1960), “Hong Kong” (1960), “The Tab Hunter Show” (1960), “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” (2 episodes, 1960-1962), “Thriller” (1961), “Target: The Corruptors” (1961) and “Perry Mason” (1961). She also acted in episodes of “Twilight Zone” (1962, as Ruth Miller), “The Doctors and the Nurses” (1963), “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” (1963), “Stoney Burke” (1963), “Breaking Point” (1963), “77 Sunset Strip” (1964) and “The DuPont Show of the Week” (1964). Other episode appearances included roles in “The Rogues” (1964), “Kentucky Jones” (1964), “12 O'Clock High” (1965), “The Fugitive” (1965), “Daniel Boone” (3 episodes, 1965-1968), “F Troop” (1966), “My Favorite Martian” (1966), “The Donna Reed Show” (1966), “Get Smart” (1966), “I Spy” (1966), “The F.B.I” (2 episodes, 1966-1968), “The Wild Wild West” (1967), “Ironside” (1967), “The Outsider” (1968) and “Strange Report” (1969). She also offered a memorable turn as Janet Wallace in an episode of “Star Trek” called “The Deadly Years” (1967). Besides, the actress acted in the feature films “Wild and Wonderful” (1964), a comedy starring Tony Curtis and Christine Kaufmann, “A Rage to Live” (1965), an adaptation of the 1949 novel of the same name by John O'Hara that was directed by Walter Grauman and starred Suzanne Pleshette, and “Lord Love a Duck” (1966), a comedy starring Roddy McDowall and Tuesday Weld.

Opening the 1970s, Marshall portrayed a character on the episode “Thank You Very Much” (1971) of the BBC long running drama series “Play for Today.” The next year, she supported Richard Roundtree in the independent film “Embassy,” which was based on the 1969 book of the same name by English novelist Stephen Coulter. She quickly returned to the small screen with a guest spot in “Medical Center” (also 1972). It was followed by a notable performance on a television film adaptation of the Tony Award winning musical “Applause” (CBS, 1973), where Lauren Bacall reprised her stage role of Margo Channing. The same year, Marshall portrayed Rhoda Forbes on an episode of “Great Mystery” titled “The Power of Fear.” She revisited television acting in 1979 when she was cast as Evelyn Winslow in the CBS television series “Miss Winslow and Son,” a remake of “Miss Jones and Son” (1977). Costars of the show included Darleen Carr, Roscoe Lee Browne, Elliott Reid and Ellen Sherman.

Marshall next played Susan Arvey in the television miniseries “Scruples” (1980), opposite Lindsay Wagner, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Nick Mancuso and Gene Tierney, Mrs. Junge in the made for television biopic “The Bunker” (1981), which starred Anthony Hopkins as Adolf Hitler, and Suzanne van der Vreken in the NBC film “The People vs. Jean Harris” (1981), which starred Ellen Burstyn as Jean Harris. 1981 also saw her in episodes of “Three's Company” (as Madame Clara) and “The Jeffersons” (as Lucella). Marshall then portrayed a kitchen maid in the 20 minute length family film “Bristlelip” (1982), which was helmed by Tom Davenport. Later that same year, she had a supporting role in “The Letter” (ABC), a TV film adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's play of the same name. The film starred Lee Remick as Leslie Crosbie, Ian McShane as Geoff and Christopher Cazenove as Officer Withers, among other actors. Marshall spent the remaining of the decade making guest appearances in television shows such as “Hart to Hart” (1983), “Remington Steele” (1984), “Small Wonder” (1987) and “Cheers” (1989).

In 1990, Marshall worked with Sarah Abrell, Anne Betancourt, Robert Desiderio, Dennis Farina, Ben Gazzara, Meg Gibson and Loren Haynes in the NBC television film “People Like Us,” which was directed by William Hale. Two years later, she had the notable supporting role of Diane in “Dave” (1993), a dramatic comedy starring Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley and Laura Linney that was written by Gary Ross and directed by Ivan Reitman. She then portrayed Mary Catherine in the ABC thriller “French Silk” (1994), starring Susan Tucci as Claire Laurent, and was featured as a librarian in “Dangerous Minds” (1995), a dramatic film based on the autobiography “My Posse Don't Do Homework” by former U.S. Marine LouAnne Johnson. Starring Michelle Pfeiffer as LouAnne Johnson, the film received mixed reviews from critics but was a success at the box office. “Dangerous Minds” became her last screen performance appearance for 11 years.

Marshall resurfaced after a long hiatus in the supporting role of Mrs. Weston in the horror film “Bad Blood” (2006), which was directed by and starred Conrad Janis. She reprised her role in the sequel “Bad Blood... the Hunger” (2009).


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