Noreen Corcoran, the Adopted Niece on TV’s ‘Bachelor Father,’ Dies at 72.
15 January 2016
By Mike Barnes,Hollywood Reporter
Noreen Corcoran, who starred as the teenager adopted by her uncle (John Forsythe) on the 1950s-’60s sitcom Bachelor Father, has died. She was 72.
Corcoran died of cardiopulmonary disease at Valley Presbyterian in Van Nuys, her niece, author Mell Corcoran, told The Hollywood Reporter. The actress’s younger brother, Kevin Corcoran, who appeared in the 1957 film Old Yeller and played Moochie on several Disney TV shows, died in October.
On Bachelor Father, which aired on CBS, NBC and ABC from 1957-62, the cute Corcoran starred as Kelly, who comes to live at age 13 with her well-to-do uncle Bentley Gregg (Forsythe), a Beverly Hills attorney, after her parents are killed in an automobile accident. The houseboy Peter (Sammie Tong) helps them get by. America watched Corcoran grow up during the course of 157 episodes, and Bachelor Father ended just as her character was about to begin college.
After Bachelor Father ended, she was in Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) and starred in The Girls on the Beach (1965); showed up on such TV shows as Dr. Kildare, Ben Casey, Gunsmoke and The Big Valley; and recorded a version of the song “Love Kitten.”
A native of Quincy, Mass., Corcoran was the third of eight children, many of whom acted. The family moved to Santa Monica, and her father worked in maintenance on the MGM lot.