Kim Darby

Biography

Date of Birth 8 July 1947, Los Angeles, California, USA Birth Name Deborah Zerby Mini Biography The child of professional dancers, Kim Darby began her career studying dance with her father as well as Nico Charisse. At fourteen, she was granted special admission to Tony Barr's acting workshop at Desilu Studios on the Paramount Pictures lot. He wrote later that it was her remarkable openness, honesty, emotional readiness and focus that convinced him to bring her into his adult class. These traits have become the signature of her work in a career that has now spanned a period of more than forty years. As a teenager, she earned her first acting roles in episodes of television shows including Mr. Novak, Dr. Kildare, The Eleventh Hour, Star Trek, and The Fugitive. Her reputation continued to grow with more work in film and television. She was twenty-one when producer Hal Wallis saw her in an episode of Run For Your Life and decided to offer her the coveted role of Mattie Ross, opposite John Wayne's Rooster Cogburn, in True Grit. The classic western earned Wayne his only Oscar and made Kim Darby a film star. Ms. Darby went on to star in a variety of productions, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for her work in Generation, and an Emmy Nomination for her role in Rich Man Poor Man. Her feature films include The Strawberry Statement, The Grissom Gang, Better Off Dead, and Mockingbird Don't Sing; television movies include The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, and Enola Gay. Still acting, since 1990 she has also been teaching her craft and is asked to give seminars at universities and film schools throughout the country. Her own training and lifelong experience over the last four decades has provided her with a rich perspective as well as a diverse collection of skills which she enjoys sharing with enthusiastic students.

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Birth Name

Deborah Zerby

Birth Place

Los Angeles, California, USA

Birth Date

7/8/1947
Known For
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Teen Wolf Too

Professor Brooks

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Sally Farnham

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The Grissom Gang

Barbara Blandish

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The Strawberry Statement

Linda

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The One And Only

Mary Crawford

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The Capture of Grizzly Adams

Kate Brady

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Engola Gay - Bomber des Todes

Lucy Tibbets

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The People

Melodye Amerson

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Mockingbird Don't Sing

Louise Standon

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Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers

Debra Strode

Starring In
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The Evil Within

Mildy Torres

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Mockingbird Don't Sing

Louise Standon

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Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers

Debra Strode

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Deadly Embrace

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Teen Wolf Too

Professor Brooks

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Better Off Dead

Jenny Meyer

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The Capture of Grizzly Adams

Kate Brady

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Engola Gay - Bomber des Todes

Lucy Tibbets

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The One And Only

Mary Crawford

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Sally Farnham

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The People

Melodye Amerson

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The Grissom Gang

Barbara Blandish

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The Strawberry Statement

Linda

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True Grit

Mattie Ross

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The Karate Killers

Sandy True (archive footage)

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Bus Riley's Back in Town

Gussie

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Bye Bye Birdie

High school student (uncredited)

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