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Theona Bryant Profile

Theona Bryant
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(Theona Pearce?)
c. 31 is born
? is secretary to North Carolina Governor William B. Umstead
? gets married
? becomes a Powers model
c. 53 her daughter, Karen, is born
is the "And away we go" girl on "The Jackie Gleason Show"
Summer 54 promotes 20th Century-Fox's upcoming The Egyptian in several US cities by strolling down the street costumed as a harem beauty with a tame cheetah on a leash
c. 55 gets divorced
April 55 is screen-tested by 20th Century-Fox
October 55 is a model on "The Johnny Carson Show." The other "Carson Cuties" are Phyllis Applegate, Norma Brooks, and Sally Todd.
May 56 escapes injury when her small sports car is rammed by a truck in Beverly Hills
will be in the upcoming The Opposite Sex
August 56 columnist Louella Parsons writes: "The local belles are also casting an interested eye in the direction of Rod Taylor - but he keeps on phoning Theona Bryant in Hollywood."
October 56 on a beach picnic with her, actor-photographer-sculptor Gardner McKay slips and falls down a 90-foot cliff near Ventura. She rushes him to the UCLA emergency hospital, where doctors are amazed that he escaped with only cuts and bruises.
November 56 is bedded again with her mink allergy. "For an appearance in New York to ballyhoo The Opposite Sex, she took a chance with a borrowed mink wrap. By the time she planed back to Hollywood the next day, she had broken out in a rash."
May 57 optioned by MGM, she's reported moving from the Studio Club to an apartment
July 57 completes her most important role with Bing Crosby in Man on Fire
September 57 will get a featured role in TV's "The Thin Man"
c. 58 obtains a long-term contract at MGM
December 60 gets around Hollywood with CBS producer Bob Lewis
May 61 is a new twosome with Cliff Robertson
January 62 columnist Louella Parsons tells: "When actress Theona Bryant returns to Hollywood to do more work on A Girl Named Tamiko, she'll bring with her her 8-year-old daughter, Karen. No one knew that Theona, who is very popular with the younger set, has a daughter and has been divorced for six years."
July 75 is reported to return to television in a dramatic series
Sources:
Anderson Daily Bulletin, The Nevada State Journal, Mansfield News Journal, The Vidette-Messenger, Indiana Evening Gazette, The Galveston News, The Coshocton Tribune, The Lima News, The Daily Review, Picture Show Annual 1958
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