Mostly Credited As: Deborah Walley
Date Of Birth: August 12, 1941 (Age 59)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Date Of Death: May 10, 2001
Cause Of Death: Cancer
Debbie was not exactly a stranger to show business when she made her movie debut in the Gidget series. "Most of my work was on the stage and in TV," she said. "My parents were professional ice-skaters and I would often appear with them. But I wanted more than iceskating as a career. I wanted to act, act, ACT!" she smiled. Debbie had other talents which she found time to pursue: painting and writing. As Mrs. John Ashley, she had a busy life. "It's full, exciting and completely satisfying."
Her acting career took off when she was cast in the starring role in her first film, Gidget Goes Hawaiian. After her stint as Gidget, Walley then made a few Disney films, such as Bon Voyage!. However, she soon returned to beach party and youth-oriented films, most notably at American International, where she acted in a number of beach party genre films.
After making several more films and landing a starring role in the NBC sitcom series The Mothers-in-Law with Eve Arden and Kaye Ballard, Walley remarried and cooled her acting career. However, on occasion she resurfaced in such films as and Benji; in addition, she did some TV guest shots in the 1980s.