July 8: Kim Darby is 70

07-08-1947-Kim_DarbyKim Darby (born Deborah Zerby) is an American actress who began acting at age 15. Her first appearance was as a dancer in the film Bye Bye Birdie (1963). Among her best-known roles are True Grit (1969) (pictured), in which she played a 14-year-old when she was 21 years of age; Gunsmoke (1967 episodes “The Lure” and “Vengeance”); Bonanza (1967 episode “The Sure Thing”); The One and Only (1978); Better Off Dead (1985); and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995).

Darby’s 1960s television roles included two appearances on the NBC series Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus; she was cast as Julie Dean in “To Lodge and Dislodge” (1963) and as Judy Wheeler in “The Silent Dissuaders” (1965). Darby also appeared about this time on The Eleventh Hour, The Fugitive, The Donna Reed Show, Ironside, and in the first season of Star Trek as the title character in “Miri“.

She was cast in the 1972 movie, The People, which also starred William Shatner, reuniting them from their Star Trek appearance. She also played the unhinged Virginia Calderwood in the first television miniseries, Rich Man, Poor Man with Nick Nolte, Peter Strauss, and Susan Blakely in 1976.

Darby also had the central role of Sally Farnham in the made-for-TV horror film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973). Her subsequent television roles included guest appearances on Crazy Like a Fox, Family, The Love Boat, The Streets of San Francisco, Riptide, and Becker.

In the late 1980s, she began to teach acting in the Los Angeles area and has been an instructor in the Extension Program at the University of California, Los Angeles since 1992. Darby also appeared as a female convict in an episode of The X-Files (“Sein und Zeit”, 1999) who falsely confesses to the murder of her son who disappeared under mysterious circumstances that are being investigated by Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

Darby continues to make guest appearances on television and to make occasional films.

Find out more at kimdarby.com.

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