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Shelley Fabares
"Cynthia Foxhugh"

Michele "Shelley" Fabares was born on January 19, 1944 in Santa Monica, California. Shelley already had a touch of show business in her family, since her aunt was the well-known musical comedy star Nanette Fabray.

Shelley's big break in Hollywood came in 1958 when she won the role of Donna Reed's daughter on The Donna Reed Show. After this, Shelley made a small appearance in the 1964 movie Ride the Wild Surf with Barbara Eden. Fabares was already big in Hollywood, but now she was about to encounter the King. Shelley Fabares eventually made 3 movies with Elvis Presley and had a lot of fun making them. Elvis himself said that Shelley was his favorite of all the actresses he had worked with on screen.Fabares' first movie with Presley was the 1965's, Girl Happy. In this film Shelley's character is Valerie Frank, daughter of a tough nightclub owner. As the movie begins, "Big Frank" is concerned because Valerie wants to go to Fort Lauderdale with her friends for spring break. Big Frank appoints Elvis and his band ~ who just happen to be performing at his nightclub ~ to follow Valerie and (secretly) make sure she doesn't get into any trouble. As chaperoning mishaps ensue, Elvis "can't help falling in love" with his charge. He entertains with some great new songs, such as Puppet On a String and Do the Clam. The Shelley / Elvis chemistry was such a success, that they paired again in 1966 for "Spinout. In Spinout Shelley plays "Cynthia", a rich, spoiled "Daddy's girl ". Shelley, Deborah Walley, and Diane McBain are all out to get Elvis as their husband, but he enjoys playing the field, saying he is not the marrying kind. Spinout comes equipped with a selection of rockin' Elvis songs.

Fabares' third and final film with Presley was the 1967 hit, Clambake. Here Elvis plays a rich guy who trades places with a water-skiing instructor in order to escape his controlling father. Shelley's character dumps boyfriend Bill Bixby to pair up with Elvis. A few of the featured songs are Clambake and Confidence.

Shelley Fabares went on to even greater fame and popularity by costarring on such television shows as The Brian Keith Show and the hit sitcom, Coach. She is happily married to M*A*S*H's Mike Farrell.

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Jimmy Hawkins

Jimmy Hawkins was born on November 13, 1941, in Los Angeles, California. Jimmy’s acting career began when he was only three years of age with the 1944 Spencer Tracy film, The Seventh Cross. Following another role in Marriage is a Private Affair, Hawkins was chosen to co-star in the Frank Capra Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. He played the role of Tommy Bailey, James Stewart and Donna Reed’s youngest son. For the rest of the 40’s and early 50’s, Jimmy was in many films and television shows including The Annie Oakley Series and Leave it to Beaver. In 1958, Hawkins teamed up with Donna Reed again, this time to co-star on her TV Show The Donna Reed Show. For 8 seasons he played Shelley Fabares’ boyfriend. This was followed by playing various characters in nine episodes of the long-running sitcom, Petticoat Junction.

Jimmy Hawkins had grown up in TV and movies and become quite a familiar face - but then something happened that would bring him the most recognition yet. Director Boris Sagal had seen Hawkins’ work and thought he would be just right to play Elvis Presley’s sidekick in his upcoming film, Girl Happy. The movie would feature three bandmembers - and Sagal realized that Jimmy’s personality would make him a good choice for any one of the three. The director gave Jimmy the unique choice of picking whether he would rather play Andy, Doc, or Wilbur. After reading the script, Hawkins chose the character of Doc, because he thought he could probably play him best. Doc played guitar and sax in the band - the latter of which Hawkins did not really know how to play. To get an idea of the technique needed to portray a sax player, the actor visited night clubs to observe other saxophone players in action. After his work in Girl Happy, Jimmy was suggested for another Elvis film Tickle Me, but he lost the role to Jack Mullaney. Meanwhile, he appeared on the television series Gidget.

In 1966, Jimmy again got the opportunity to co-star in a Presley film. This time it was the racing flick, Spinout in which he played Larry. Coincidentally, Jack Mullaney played Elvis’ other sidekick. After working with the King and co-starring in 2 of his movies, Jimmy remembers he had a good time making both films, but enjoyed doing Girl Happy more and that “Elvis was a great guy who was very talented.”

In the 70’s and 80’s, Hawkins tried his hand at producing motion pictures. His projects included Evel Knievel, Love Leads the Way, and Don’t Look Back: The Story of Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige. He also created The 50th Anniversary Motown Returns to the Apollo - a television special based on the famed Black theatre. This accomplishment garnered an Emmy Award.

Jimmy Hawkins - who today has over 80 motion picture credits - has come a long way since he charmed war-weary movie audiences as little Tommy Bailey. In the meantime, It’s a Wonderful Life, which was not an instant hit when it was originally released in 1946, became a classic by way of television in the 1980s and 90s. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the beloved film, Hawkins compiled a beautiful coffee table book, enititled The It’s a Wonderful Life 50th Anniversary Scrapbook. He also delighted fans of the movie by authoring the It’s a Wonderful Life Trivia Book. The actor/author/producer’s most recent production was 1997’s “Merry Christmas, George Bailey” (PBS Television’s all-star radio version of “It’s a Wonderful Life”). He also serves on the Board of The Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Deborah Walley

Deborah Walley was born on August 12, 1943, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to famed figure skaters,Nate and Edythe Walley. Following in her parent's footsteps, three year old Deborah made her first public skating appearance at Madison Square Garden to a packed house. As she grew older, the young spent most of the summer months on the road with the Ice Capades and the school months with a nanny in New York. Having completed professional school in New York, Deborah did some ing and by the age of 13 was working in off-Broadway plays and in television. She was featured on such shows as Route 66 and Naked City. While appearing in Chekov’s Three Sisters, Walley was discovered by Joyce Selznick of Columbia Pictures. In 1961, Deborah made her screen debut playing the lead in Gidget Goes Hawaiian. This was followed by co-starring roles in such Walt Disney movies as Bon Voyage with Fred MacMurray and Jane Wyman, and Summer Magic with Hayley Mills and Burl Ives. Later, Walley went on to star in several films including the very popular beach movies such as Dr. Goldfoot and the Love Machine, Beach Blanket Bingo, and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini.

In 1966, Deborah was chosen to star with the King, Elvis Presley, in Spinout. She played Les, the drummer in Mike's (Elvis’) band (she actually did learn to play drums for the part). For most of the movie, the male members of the band consider Les one of the guys, to which she repeatedly protests, “I’m not a fellow, I’m a girl !”. Les (along with the characters played by Shelley Fabares and Diane McBain) is really attracted to Mike, but he doesn’t realize what a pretty young lady she is until she arrives at a party all dressed up. Les looks so beautiful that Mike can’t believe she’s the same girl . Fortunately, Mike finds a solution that will make everybody happy! Today, Deborah's memory of Presley is "I was not a big Elvis fan before we made Spinout. But from the moment I met him we became close friends." When asked if she enjoyed doing the movie her response was "Certainly! The film itself, plus working with Elvis was a great joy."

For the rest of the 1960’s and 70’s, Walley's work was mostly on television in such programs as Gomer Pyle, Love American Style, and Burke's Law. She also played Eve Arden’s daughter on the successful sitcom, The Mothers-in-Law.

In the 1980’s, Deborah took some time off to raise her two sons, Tony and Justin, and to develop her talent for producing and writing. During this period, she co-founded a non-profit Theater Company for children, Pied Piper Productions. Deborah Walley's writing career has included work for Disney Animation (where she also did voice-overs); scripts for her own company Swiftwind Productions; and an acclaimed short film The Vision of Seeks-To-Hunt Great. Among her other projects, Deborah has also written 2 books entitled Grandfather’s Good Medicine and Last of the Blues.

Miss Deborah Walley passed away the morning of May 10, 2001, from cancer. A special person in Deborah's life, Marty Holton, remembers "When the end came, it came quickly, softly and painlessly. Right up until the very last moment she fought like the valiant warrior."

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Will Hutchins
"Lt. Tracy Richards "

Will Hutchins was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 5, 1932. His birth name was Marshall Lowell Hutchason. Hutchins later went on to school at Pomona College and UCLA. During this time he also spent two years as an Army Cryptographer. After all this, Will was offered a contract at Warner Brothers. Of course he took the offer and Hutchins began to star on the western television series Sugarfoot. With the popularity of the show, Will got the chance to co-star in many things including guest appearacnes on the television shows Maverick and 77 Sunset Strip and his first film, Lafayette Escadrille. After his work in two more films, No Time For Sergeants with Andy Griffith and Claudelle Inglish with fellow Elvis co-star Diane McBain (Spinout), Hutchins was sent to the Philippines where he would re-fight World War II for his next movie, Merrill’s Marauders. For the next two years, Will was on the rode doing the Broadway play Never Too Late.

When Hutchins returned to Hollywood, he was chosen to co-star in Elvis Presley’s next two films Spinout and Clambake . In Spinout Will played Lt. Tracy Richards, an officer who falls for Deborah Walley’s character, Les; and in Clambake he played Elvis’ buddy Tom Wilson/Scott Hayward.

Following his work with the King, Hutchins did the movie The Shooting with Jack Nicholson and Elvis co-star Millie Perkins (Wild in the Country). Will also began to star on two more television shows, Hey Landlord! and Blonde. For the rest of his career, Hutchins mostly did TV movies but also traveled around the world doing things such as Tippy Hedren’s film Roar. To date, Will’s last acting appearance was in the movie Gunfighter.

Today, Hutchins is married and working at NBC. When recently asked about Elvis, Will’s response was “Best and most fun actor I’ve ever had the honour to work with”, and says that of the two Elvis movies he made, Clambake was the most fun.

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