Mostly Credited As: Kathleen Cody
Birth Name: Kathleen Marie Cody
Date Of Birth: October 30, 1954 (Age 59)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Bronx, New York
Height: 5' 4" (1.62 m)
Kathleen Cody, often credited as Kathy Cody (born October 30, 1954) is an American actress. She is known for her role as the characters Hallie Stokes and Carrie Stokes, on the cult television series Dark Shadows, appearing in 49 episodes. Her career in film and television encompassed a time period of over 30 years.
Kathleen Cody was born on October 30, 1954 in the Bronx, New York. She is the daughter of James and Mary Cody. She attended Manhattan's Professional Children's School.
When she was 18 years old, Cody moved from New York to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career in a greater capacity. She appeared in over ten television network series and seven major motion pictures.
Cody appeared in her first television commercial when she was six months old and continued to work steadily as a child fashion model. She appeared in television commercials, including one with Louis Armstrong. She also appeared in commercial advertisements and on magazine covers, modeling for New York photographers, including Richard Avedon and Francesco Scavullo.
When Cody was seven years old, she was cast in the theatre production of Uncle Willie, with Menasha Skulnik at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Florida. In 1963, at the age of nine, Cody was named one of the original cast members of the Broadway show Here's Love, appearing in the role of Hendrika. The musical production was written by the playwright, Meredith Willson, who earlier wrote The Music Man and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Here's Love was an adaptation of the film Miracle on 34th Street and was introduced at the Sam S. Shubert Theatre on Broadway in NYC. Cody's costars included Janis Paige, Craig Stevens, Laurence Naismith, Fred Gwynne, and Dom DeLuise. During the play, Cody had a duet on the song, "The Bugle", with Naismith, who played the role of Kris Kringle. Cody remained with the production for the entire run, last appearing on July 25, 1964, when the play eventually closed after 334 shows and two previews.
In 1965, Cody started her daytime television career with regular running parts on the CBS daytime soap operas The Edge of Night as Laurie Ann Karr, As the World Turns as Sally Graham, and Secret Storm as Cecilia, before becoming a regular cast member of the ABC gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows. She also appeared in the first episode of the Peter Falk TV Series, The Trials of O'Brien, entitled "Over Defense Is Out". She made special appearances on the Jackie Gleason Show, Perry Como Show, Jan Murray Show, and The Bell Telephone Hour Christmas Special with Florence Henderson.
In 1967, Cody was cast as Betty Parris, in David Susskind's television production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, which starred George C. Scott, Melvyn Douglas, Colleen Dewhurst, and Tuesday Weld.
Upon completion of The Crucible, Cody was cast in a PBS special, the novelist and playwright, Colette's 1922 play, My Mother's House (originally entitled La Maison de Claudine), working once again with Colleen Dewhurst who starred as Cody's mother in the production. The play was written as homage to Colette's mother, Adèle Eugénie Sidonie "Sido" Colette. The story follows Colette as she reminisces about her childhood and her relationship with her mother. Cody portrayed the playwright, Colette, from adolescence up through the author's teenage years. In 1968, the show was nominated for three Emmy Awards.
Cody has guest-starred in various prime time television shows, including Gunsmoke with actors James Arness, James Whitmore, Richard Jaeckel, Buck Taylor, Nicholas Hammond and Louise Latham; The Partridge Family with David Cassidy; Doc Elliot with James Farentino; the Love, American Style segment "Love and the Model Apartment" with Davy Jones as her newlywed husband; Barbary Coast with William Shatner and Doug McClure; The Walton's episode titled "The Ring" with Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, and Will Geer; Cannon, guest-starring in a dual role with William Conrad, Mitch Ryan, and Ralph Meeker; Three for the Road with Vincent Van Patten; and Barnaby Jones with Buddy Ebsen and Kristoffer Tabori.
In 1976, Cody was cast in the starring role of "Snowy" in a pilot television series, entitled The Cheerleaders, which was directed by Richard Crenna. The show was a situation comedy about the "misadventures of Snowy, B.J., and Beverly, three fun-loving high school girls. The pilot episode focuses on the girls, members of the cheerleading team, as they perform embarrassing pledge week antics for a sorority house they hope to join." The story takes place in a small California town during the 1950s. Starring alongside Cody was Debbie Zipp, Theresa Medaris, and Mary Kay Place. The show was broadcast on August 2, 1976.
In 1969, Cody appeared in her first film, "Sweet Charity" directed by Bob Fosse. It was a small role as the leader of a group of Flower Children at the end of the film.
In 1973, Cody starred in her first Hollywood film, Hot Summer Week (later entitled Girls on the Road), along with Ralph Waite and Michael Ontkean, who was also making his American film debut. Cody's appearance in Hot Summer Week prompted Walt Disney Studios to invite her to screen test for work with their studios. The successful audition resulted in Disney Studios signing her to a three-picture contract. She was the last actress signed to a contract by Disney Studios, since Annette Funicello.
Snowball Express, directed by Norman Tokar, was the first film Cody completed for Disney Studios and was followed by Charley and the Angel, directed by Vincent McEveety and starring Fred MacMurray and Cloris Leachman as her parents, as well as Harry Morgan. Her love interest was portrayed by Kurt Russell. In 1974, Leachman was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her portrayal of Nettie Appleby in the film. The film was released on March 23, 1973.
Cody completed her three-picture deal with Disney, appearing in the film, Superdad, again directed by Vincent McEveety. She starred in the film along with Bob Crane and Barbara Rush, as her parents. The film also starred Kurt Russell, portraying Cody's love interest for the second time, and Bruno Kirby and Ed Begley Jr. The film was released on December 14, 1973.
In 1972, Cody relocated to Los Angeles. She co-starred in three television Movies of the Week. She first appeared in a remake of the 1945 film Double Indemnity, which originally starred Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. Cody portrayed the character Lola Dietrickson, while in 1945, the role was played by Jean Heather. The 1972 adaptation starred Richard Crenna, Lee J. Cobb, and Samantha Eggar.
In 1975, Cody appeared in her second telemovie, Babe, the biographical film about Babe Didrikson, who was named the 10th Greatest North American Athlete of the 20th Century by ESPN, and the ninth Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century by the Associated Press. Written by Joanna Lee, the film was an adaptation of Didrikson's autobiography, entitled, This Life I've Led. Directed by Buzz Kulik, the film starred Susan Clark in the title role, for which she won an Emmy for her performance. Alex Karras appeared in the film as Babe's husband, while Cody appeared in the supporting role of Sue Ellen.
In 1975, Cody appeared in the Vincent McEveety directed film, The Last Day, starring Richard Widmark, Barbara Rush, Tim Matheson and Robert Conrad. Cody appeared in the supporting role of Julia Johnson as Matheson's love interest. The western-genre film was released on February 15, 1975.
While she had previously retired from acting, relocating from Los Angeles to North Florida, Cody responded to a 1987 call for local actors to appear in the Peter Bogdanovich directed film, Illegally Yours. She was cast in a minor supporting role in the film, which starred Rob Lowe, Colleen Camp, and Kenneth Mars. The film was released on May 13, 1988.
In 1975, Cody returned to the east coast, settling in Connecticut. She married in 1979 and in 1981, her daughter, Megan Anne was born. In 1983, she returned to Los Angeles, when she was cast in the Stephen J. Cannell television series, The Rousters starring Chad Everett, Jim Varney, and Mimi Rogers in the episode titled “Wyatt Earp to the Rescue”. Kathleen co-starred with James Whitmore Jr. and former “Dark Shadows” cast member, Christopher Pennock. When the series was cancelled after one season, Cody moved to North Florida.
In 2010, Cody appeared at the annual Dark Shadows Festival convention in Burbank, California, and again in 2011 in Brooklyn, New York as one of the original cast members of the cult classic daytime drama. Alternating between Los Angeles and New York, the event is an annual, three-day fan festival that has been held every year since 1983.
•1965: The Edge of Night as Laurie Ann Karr
•1965: The Trials of O'Brien as Dinah
•1966: As the World Turns as Sally Graham
•1966: Secret Storm as Cecilia
•1967: The Crucible as Betty Parris
•1968: My Mother's House as Collette
•1970: Dark Shadows as Hallie Stokes/Carrie Stokes
•1973: The Partridge Family as Dina Firmley
•1973: Love, American Style
•1974: Doc Elliot
•1974: Dirty Sally as Samantha
•1974: The Waltons as Audrey Butler
•1974: Gunsmoke as Cynthia/Anna May/Melissa
•1975: Cannon as Daphne Simmons/Gail Dexter
•1975: Barbary Coast as Leslie Budwing
•1975: Three for the Road as Shelley
•1975: Barnaby Jones as Sherry
•1976: The Cheerleaders as Snowy
•1973: Hot Summer Week as Debbie
•1973: Snowball Express as Chris Baxter
•1973: Charley and the Angel as Leonora Appleby
•1973: Superdad as Wendy McCready
•1973: Double Indemnity as Lola Dietrickson
•1975: Babe as Sue Ellen
•1975: The Last Day as Julia Johnson
•Kathleen_Cody_(actor) at Wikipedia
•Kathleen Cody (actor) at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
•Kathleen Cody (actor) at the Internet Broadway Database
•Kathleen Cody (actor) at TV Guide