Classic television actress Bridget Hanley has died. Hanley, who is perhaps best known for her role as the wholesome Candy Pruitt in the ABC series Here come the brides in the late 60s and early 70s, apparently died Wednesday after battling Alzheimer’s disease. The actress lived in the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills. She was 80 years old.
“Bridget was funny, with a sharp sense of humor, and she had a good laugh,” Theater West artistic board member Dina Morrone said in a statement. The Hollywood Reporter. “Brilliant on stage and on screen. A jewel of a man and an artist. She brought so much light and energy when she walked into the room. And she was very nice, friendly and generous. Thank you, Bridget, for showing us on and off stage with your presence for so many years. ”
Bridget Hanley was born on February 3, 1941. After high school, she studied drama at the San Francisco College for Women before graduating with honors and a BA in drama from the University of Washington. She started her acting career on stage which led to great success when she played the lead role of Robin in the tour production of Under the Yum Yum Tree.
In 1965, Hanley got her first TV role with a role in Hank. She regularly collaborated with Screen Gems on others classic television programs as Gidget, The Farmer’s Daughter, Love on a roof, Betower, en I dream of Jeannie. It was also during this time that she worked with Screen Gems when she met filmmaker EW Swackhamer, whom she later married. They had two daughters, and Swackhamer died in 1994.
Here come the brides debuted in 1968 and starred Hanley in the lead role of Candy Pruitt. The classic series was inspired by the movie Seven brides for seven brothers, loosely based on Asa Mercer’s efforts to relocate single women from the east coast of the United States to old Seattle in the 1860s at a time when the devastation of the Civil War left those towns short of available suitors. The comedy western also starred Robert Brown, David Soul, Bobby Sherman, Mark Lenard and Joan Blondell.
After two seasons of Here come the brides, Hanley is later in the Harper Valley PTA series based on the movie of the same name. That’s how, which was also interpreted by Barbara Eden in a lead role, Hanley portrayed as the snotty Ohioan Wanda Reilly Taylor. Hanley followed this up with appearances in other TV shows such as Mom’s family, Murder, she wrote, Family business, en Columbo.
Away from performing, Bridget Hanley was also instrumental in the restoration of the Edmonds Log Cabin landmark, a structure built in the 1930s and donated to her hometown by her family in 1975. After it fell into disrepair, it was completely restored and on Nov. 18, 2000, thanks in part to the efforts of Hanley and her sisters to lead a ride to save the cabin.
Our thoughts are with Hanley’s family and friends during this painful time. May she rest in peace.
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