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|Devon in The Lieutenant (1964)|
|Birthday/Birthplace||(1931-05-23)May 23, 1931
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Deceased||July 19, 2007(2007-07-19)
Beverly Hills, California
|Profession(s)||Actress, singer, model|
Laura Devon (May 23, 1931 – July 19, 2007) was an American actress, singer and model.
Laura Devon’s Biography
Born in Chicago, Illinois, her real name was Mary Lou Briley or Mary Laura Briley, her father was Merrill Devon, an automobile engineer, and her mother Velma Prather.
He studied at Chicago and Grosse Pointe, enrolled at Wayne State University, studied journalism and political science, and learned to act in student productions.
In 1954, she gave birth to her only son, Kevin Jarre, who was a prominent screenwriter, and after having performed in amateur theater as well as in light opera, she got her first professional role in a production of The Boy Friend represented at the Vanguard Playhouse in Detroit.
Career as an actress
In 1961, Laura Devon was discovered by 20th Century Fox’s Bob Goldstein, while singing at the London Chop Shop in Detroit, and Devon had the opportunity to perform in five feature films.
During a period of seven years (1960-1967) the actress participated in numerous television productions. Her first leading role on TV came in 1962 on the Route 66 series. She later starred in Insight, The New Breed, The Twilight Zone, Stoney Burke, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Rawhide (an episode titled “Canliss”, with Dean Martin, issued in 1964), Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater, The Rogues, Bonanza,Spy, The Fugitive, THE Cat, The Big Valley, Coronet Blue, and the invaders. In addition, he had a recurring role in four episodes of Dr. Kildare, and was a member of the repertoire that rotated in the critically praised series The Richard Boone Show.
Career as a singer
Laura Devon released a single record as a professional singer, the single “I Like the Look” (face A) / “Dreamsville” (face B). Both songs were composed by Henry Mancini and were part of the soundtrack of the Gunn film, last shot by Devon.
Devon also sang on the soundtrack of the 1975 film Mr. Sycamore, playing the song “Time Goes By,” written by her then husband, Maurice Jarre, and by the lyricist Paul Francis Webster.
In 1962 he married Brian Kelly, son of Harry Kelly, then a member of the Supreme Court of Michigan and former Governor of the state. Kelly was an actor and, a month after they got married, they both performed together in the play by Lillian Hellman Toys in the Attic, performed at the Laguna Beach Summer Theater. Two years later he became famous for his role as Porter Ricks in the television series Flipper. The couple divorced in January 1966.
In 1967 he married the film composer Maurice Jarre, retiring from acting. The couple had a son. Devon and Jarre divorced in 1984.
Laura Devon died of heart failure in Beverly Hills, California, on July 19, 2007, aged 76. She was buried in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Westwood (Los Angeles).
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