Deborah Walley (1941 – 2001)

Deborah Walley; Actress, 57. SEDONA, Ariz., May 14, 2001 — Deborah Walley, who appeared in a series of 1960s beach movies, died on Thursday at her home. She was 57. The cause was esophageal cancer, said Julie Parrish, a friend. Ms. Walley appeared in 15 feature films. Her parts included the title role in the 1961 movie “Gidget Goes Hawaiian”, a sequel to the 1959 film “Gidget”, which starred Sandra Dee. She was also featured in the 1965 film “Beach Blanket Bingo”, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, and “Spinout” with Elvis Presley in 1966. She also had a role in the television series “The Mothers-In-Law”, starring Eve Arden, which ran from 1967 to 1969, and made guest appearances on “Route 66”, “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” and “The Virginian”. Ms. Walley, a Connecticut native, moved to Sedona in 1991. She was a co-founder of the Sedona Children’s Theater. She was married three times and is survived by two sons, Anthony Ashley and Justin Reynolds. The New York Times. Published: May 15, 2001.

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