R.I.P. III

They say death comes in threes. Yet another Sixties Starlet passed away last week. Two-time Emmy winner and Tony nominee Lois Nettleton died on Jan . 18. Again not a favorite of mine, Nettleton nevertheless was a extremely talented and versatile actress (and super nice to boot per a friend of mine) who was a staple of TV movies during the late 60s through the 90s. My favorite performance of hers though was in the fluffy three-stewardesses-looking-for-romance movie Come Fly with Me (1963). Lois, (pictured at left) gives a classy performance as the level-headed one who falls in love with tycoon Karl Malden pretending to be poor while chain-smoking golddigger Dolores Hart becomes the dupe of jewelry smuggler Karl Boehm and naive Pamela Tiffin sets her marriage-minded ambitions on playboy pilot Hugh O’Brian.

I also remember Lois from the 1970 ABC Movie of the Week,Weekend of Terror where she, Carol Lynley and Jane Wyatt played nuns taken captive by thugs Robert Conrad and Lee Majors after the heiress they kidnapped accidentally dies trying to escape. They then try to pass off one of the nuns as the dead girl. I always found it odd that Carol would accept a secondary role in a TV-movie at this point in time when she was still a sort after leading lady on television.

 

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