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Kathleen Marie Garver
December 13, 1945
Long Beach, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Pacific High School|
University of California, Los Angeles
|Occupation||Actress, producer, speaker, author|
David Travis (m. 1981)
Kathleen Marie "Kathy" Garver (born December 13, 1945) is an American stage, film, television, and voice-over actress most remembered for having portrayed the teenaged orphan, Catherine "Cissy" Davis, on the popular 1960s CBS sitcom, Family Affair. Before that, she was cast by Cecil B DeMille in the film The Ten Commandments (1956). She also played the character Paula Jessup on one episode of the television show Adam-12, which aired on 12/29/1971.She later provided the voice of Firestar in the animated television series Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (1981-83). Garver authored The Family Affair Cookbook (2009),Surviving Cissy: My Family Affair of Life in Hollywood (2015), and X Child Stars: Where are They Now? (2016).
Garver was born in Long Beach, California, the daughter of Rosemary and Hayes Garver. She was raised Roman Catholic and attended a Catholic primary school. When she was nine, she tried her hand at acting and was cast in I'll Cry Tomorrow, but her most famous movie role was that of one of the young slaves in The Ten Commandments.
In 1960, Garver released a Christmas song called "Lem, The Orphan Reindeer" on the Aquarian label, distributed by Bell Records. The song was written by Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, and E. Justin, and arranged by Jimmie Haskell.
Garver later moved to San Bernardino, California, where she entered Pacific High School in 1960 and remained there until graduation in 1964. After high school, she entered UCLA, majoring in speech and drama, until her graduation in 1968. Garver was a member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women at UCLA.
In 1965, Garver played a youthful Isadora Duncan, with June Lockhart as librarian Ina Coolbrith, the first poet laureate of California, in the episode "Magic Locket" of the syndicated western television series Death Valley Days. In the story line, Coolbrith develops a tenuous friendship with the teen-aged free spirit, "Dorita Duncan". A year later, she had a supporting role in "Lady of the Plains".
In 1966, while studying at UCLA, she auditioned for, and won, the role of "Cissy" Davis, the eldest of the three siblings on Family Affair. Garver had been a fan of series star Brian Keith since she was ten years old and had guest-starred on his earlier CBS series about the Cold War, Crusader. Family Affair ran for five seasons.
In 1969, Garver appeared as Laura Hayden in The Big Valley season 4 episode "The Royal Road".
Garver appeared in such movies as Princess Diaries, Unleashed, and Helen's Last Love, and as guest star in such TV films as Hercules Save Christmas and FBI Murders. Her stage plays include Voice of the Turtle, Vanities, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Sunday in New York, Star Spangled Girl, Romeo and Juliet with musicals My Fair Lady, River Song: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Summer Magic.
Garver provided the voices of Firestar, Storm and other female guest characters on the Saturday morning cartoon Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. In the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon series, she played the voice of Miss America.
Garver was the voice of Alice Mitchell in the Dennis the Menace cartoon special Mayday for Mother and Pepper in Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos. Her other voice roles included the television series Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, The Tom & Jerry Kids Show, Droopy, Master Detective, The New Yogi Bear Show, The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show and The All-New Super Friends Hour, and the cartoon special Marvin: Baby of the Year. In addition to her television work, Garver has lent her voice talents to numerous commercials, toys, and audiobooks.
Garver appeared in the Christmas episode of the 2002-2003 Family Affair WB series, which was a remake of the original.
Garver has produced, narrated, written lyrics, and composed the music for eight audio Beatrix Potter tales and eight Mother Goose based audiotapes for Smarty Pants, Inc. She has recorded books for Brilliance Audio, Dove, Audible, and Listen and Live.
As a paid speaker, Garver gives presentations on "The Power of Perseverance" among other topics.
As of November 1994, Garver was living in Hillsborough, California, with her husband, David Travis, and their adolescent son, Reid. She kept in touch with and visited her Family Affair co-star Brian Keith until his death on June 24, 1997, and attended his funeral.
In 2009, Garver co-authored, with Geoffrey Mark, The Family Affair Cookbook. In September 2015, Amazon Books published her autobiography, Surviving Cissy: My Family Affair Of Life In Hollywood.
Garver's popularity allowed her to earn income on the nostalgia autograph convention circuit, including sittings at Western Legends Roundup in Kanab, Comic Con San Diego, Wonder Con Anaheim, Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention and others..
In 1995, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California Walk of Stars was dedicated to her. Garver has won two Audie Awards, one for her narration of The World's Shortest Stories, the other in 2004 for her direction of Amy Tan in The Opposite of Fate read by the author. In 2010, Garver was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award for her role in Family Affair. The Southern California Motion Picture Council bestowed the honor of the Golden Halo Lifetime Achievement Award in Entertainment to Ms. Garver in 2016.
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[Miss America] made an appearance in a 1997 episode of Spider-Man's animated TV show...There, her voice was done by Kathy Garver.