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Carolyn Coates (1927–2005)

Coates was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Santa Monica, Calif., where she acted in children's theater. She went on to major in acting at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in stock companies in the East. She met her future husband, James Noble - who played "Governor Gene Gatling" on the TV show Benson (1979) - in 1951 in ... See full bio »

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The Hustler Waitress
Remington Steele Mayor Amaryllis MacKenzie
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 1985 This Child Is Mine (TV Movie)
 1985 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Mrs. Fordham
- Murder, She Rote (1985) ... Mrs. Fordham
- Amazing Face (1985) ... Mrs. Fordham
- Saving Face (1985) ... Mrs. Fordham
 1984 Glitter (TV Series)
Mrs. Davis
- A Minor Miracle (1984) ... Mrs. Davis
 1983-1984 Benson (TV Series)
Mrs. Collingswood / Judge Watson
- Made in Hong Kong: Part 1 (1984) ... Mrs. Collingswood
- The Honeymooners (1983) ... Judge Watson
 1984 Remington Steele (TV Series)
Mayor Amaryllis MacKenzie
- Small Town Steele (1984) ... Mayor Amaryllis MacKenzie
 1984 The Buddy System
 1983 Blood Feud (TV Movie)
Annie - Kennedy's Secretary
 1983 Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (TV Movie)
 1982 McClain's Law (TV Series)
Margaret Stanton
- The Sign of the Beast: Part 1 (1982) ... Margaret Stanton
 1981 Incident at Crestridge (TV Movie)
Mrs. Dobbs
 1981 Mommie Dearest
Mother Superior
 1981 Palmerstown, U.S.A. (TV Series)
- Roadhouse (1981)
 1981 The Postman Always Rings Twice
Twin Oaks Customer
 1981 The Waltons (TV Series)
Elvira Perkins
- The Gold Watch (1981) ... Elvira Perkins
 1981 Lou Grant (TV Series)
- Search (1981) ... Margaret
 1980 Joshua's World (TV Movie)
 1980 Barn Burning (TV Short)
 1980 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Karen's Mother
- Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1980) ... Karen's Mother
 1979 Dallas (TV Series)
- Mastectomy: Part 1 (1979) ... Nurse
 1975 The Doctors (TV Series)
- Episode #1.3320 (1975) ... Alice (credit only)
- Episode #1.3319 (1975) ... Alice
- Episode #1.3318 (1975) ... Alice
- Episode #1.3317 (1975) ... Alice (uncredited)
- Episode #1.3316 (1975) ... Alice (uncredited)
 1967 The Catholic Hour (TV Series)
Young Woman
- Rebirths of Hope (1967) ... Young Woman
- A Father's Death (1967) ... Young Woman
- An Abundance of Perspectives (1967) ... Young Woman
 1966 New York Television Theatre (TV Series)
- The Club Bedroom (1966)
 1961 The Hustler
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Stage Play: All Over. Drama. Written by Edward Albee. Directed by John Gielgud. Martin Beck Theatre: 28 Mar 1971- 1 May 1971 (40 performances + 14 previews that began on 15 Mar 1971). Cast: Colleen Dewhurst (as "The Mistress"), Betty Field (as "The Nurse") [final Broadway role], Neil Fitzgerald (as "The Doctor"), John Gerstad (as "... See more »

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Seeing many of her friends die of AIDS, she became a longtime supporter and activist for the AIDS Project in Los Angeles as well as the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York. In 1986 she took a nine-year sabbatical from performing in order to volunteer in hospitals and on hot-lines. See more »

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