Years active 1954–1969
|Name Beverly Lunsford|
|Full Name Beverly Lunsford|
Born January 5, 1945 (1945-01-05) Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Notable work The Intruder, Leave it to Beaver
Movies The Intruder, Jennie: Wife/Child
Died May 22, 2019 (aged 74) Canton, Georgia
Similar Frank Maxwell , Robert Emhardt , Leo Gordon
Beverly Lunsford (January 5, 1945) was an American actress best known as the annoying female character, Shirley Fletcher, on the situation comedy television series, Leave it to Beaver, starring Jerry Mathers.
Lunsford was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lunsford's early career encompassed several stage performances as well as television and movies. She first appeared at the age of twelve in the 1957 Broadway production of The Rope Dancers starring Siobhan McKenna and Art Carney. Lunsford's big-screen work started soon after. She appeared in several anthology dramas, then progressed onto guest-starring role on television series like National Velvet, My Three Sons, and Leave It to Beaver. She temporarily played the part of Amy Ames Britton Kincaid on the CBS soap opera, The Secret Storm, during which she filled in for the main star, Jada Rowland.
Lunsford's starring role came in 1961 when she played in Roger Corman's topical drama The Intruder. The film dealt with race relations in the American South in the wake of the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling.
In 1963, Lunsford was cast in Herbert L. Strock's horror film, The Crawling Hand. Lunsford made her last screen appearance in 1969, although she still appears at various public celebrity-oriented events.
She died on May 22, 2019 at the age of 74 in Canton, Georgia.