In Remembrance

Beverly Garland

Born – October 17, 1926, Died – December 5, 2008

When a career spans 50 plus years, it’s hard to define an actress in a specific way.  But for most of us, Beverly Garland was a spunky but sincere mother figure.

It started way back in the 70′s when she became the mother to three rambuncous boys in My Three Sons and continued all the way into playing Annie’s nutty stepmother in 7th Heaven in 1997.

Along the way she was the mother of two spies, a reporter with a superhuman boyfriend, and a crazy woman living in Port Charles.

Scarecrow and Mrs. King fans will forever quote the “forth dimension theory of laundry” and “Clams again dear?”

I was fortunate enough to be one of the lucky few to meet Ms. Garland at her hotel during the 20th Scarecrow and Mrs. King reunion and she was more spunky and fun in person than she could ever portray through her characters on television.  She was as honest as the day was long and wasn’t ever afraid to say it like it was.  After 50 years in a business that stomps on the little people she stood proud and managed to make lots of great friends along the way.

There was a great deal of disappointment when it was discovered she was too ill to attend the 25th reunion this year and the rumors about her health that we were able to ascertain from the employees there were not good.

You will always be remembered Beverly, for your smile, your candid manner, and the hours and hours of wonderful entertainment you gave to us all.

RIP our beloved Dotty.


  • By Anne, December 8, 2008 @ 9:12 am

    What a beautiful tribute, Miranda! The news of her passing was heartbreaking, although not unexpected. I’m really sorry she was unable to attend the 25th and now even more heartbroken I was unable to attend the 20th. :( We’ll miss our beloved Dotty!

  • By Jennifer, December 8, 2008 @ 10:01 am

    Very beautiful memorial–so sorry to hear of her passing.

  • By Ermintrude, December 8, 2008 @ 5:53 pm

    Thanks for writing this lovely and touching tribute. And the picture you found is wonderful–certainly better than some of the professional sites. She’ll be missed by all of us.

  • By Patti, December 9, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

    That was a fitting tribute. Thank you for putting into words what a fan’s perspective . . . encompassed her life and career

  • By Patricia, December 9, 2008 @ 4:30 pm

    Miranda, thank you for putting what I am sure everyone is feeling and thinking into such a wonderful tribute to Beverly. Also thank you for including your memories of meeting her, I wish I would have had the chance to meet her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  • By Gwen, December 11, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

    It’s a beautiful tribute. Thanks Lushy for writing it. I’m very sad that we lost our “Dotty”. God Bless you Mrs. Garland, you will be missed! Merci beaucoup.

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