|Residence Portland, Oregon, U.S.|
Name Gretchen Corbett
|Years active 1967-present|
Children Winslow Corbett
Partner(s) Robin Gammell
|Born August 13, 1947 (age 73) (1947-08-13) Camp Sherman, Oregon, U.S.|
Alma mater Carnegie Mellon University
Parents Katherine Minahen Corbett, Henry Ladd Corbett, Jr.
Education Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Known for The Rockford Files, Let's Scare Jessica to Death
Movies and TV shows The Rockford Files, Let's Scare Jessica to Death, Jaws of Satan, Otherworld, The Cay
Similar People Winslow Corbett, Stuart Margolin, Joe Santos, Robin Gammell, Noah Beery - Jr
Gretchen Hoyt Corbett (born August 13, 1945) is an American actress most noted for the role of Beth Davenport on the television series The Rockford Files from 1974 to 1978. Though Corbett has predominantly worked in television, she also gained notoriety for her role in the cult horror film Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971). She has also appeared as a recurring character on the IFC series Portlandia, beginning in 2013.
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- Interview with Sam Groom and Gretchen Corbett
- Early life
- Film and television
- The Rockford Files 1974 1978
- Stage work
- Personal life
- The Haven Project
Interview with Sam Groom and Gretchen Corbett
Corbett was born in 1945 in Camp Sherman, Oregon to Henry Ladd Corbett, Jr. and Katherine Minahen (née Coney) "Kay" Corbett. She is a great-great-granddaughter of Oregon pioneer and Senator Henry W. Corbett. She studied drama at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Tech before its merger with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research to form Carnegie Mellon University in 1967.
Film and television
One of Corbett's first television roles was on ABC's short-lived police detective show, N.Y.P.D., in 1968. In an episode called The Case of the Shady Lady, Corbett played a dancer who tries to make her husband's suicide into a murder for the insurance money. She had supporting roles in Out of It with Jon Voight (1969), and as a mute in Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971).
In 1973, Corbett moved to Los Angeles under contract to Universal Studios, as one of the last "contract players" of the studio contract system. Her first role under contract was an episode of the detective series Kojak: Conspiracy of Fear in 1973. She had recurring roles on Marcus Welby, M.D., Otherworld, Ellery Queen, and Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, and guest roles on such series as Wonder Woman, Emergency!, Barnaby Jones, Hawaii Five-O, Columbo: An Exercise in Fatality, Gunsmoke, McMillan & Wife, Barbary Coast, Banacek, One Day at a Time, Family, Otherworld, Murder, She Wrote, Cheers, and Magnum, P.I.
The Rockford Files: 1974-1978
In 1974 Corbett joined the cast NBC's The Rockford Files where she played Beth Davenport, the beleaguered lawyer and sometimes lover of series lead Jim Rockford, a private investigator portrayed by James Garner. Corbett left the series at the end of the fourth season over a dispute between the show's producers and Universal, who owned Corbett's contract as a contract player. Corbett went on to do more TV work, eventually returning to play Davenport again in the Rockford Files TV movies of the 1990s.
Some of her stage appearances are After the Rain with Alec McCowen (Broadway), Forty Carats with Julie Harris (Broadway), Shakespeare's Henry VI (New York Shakespeare Festival), Shaw's Arms and the Man (The Sheridan Square), Iphigeneia at Aulis with Irene Papas (Circle in the Square), The Government Inspector with David Dukes and John Glover (The Phoenix Theatre), and The Survival of St. Joan (The Anderson Theatre).
She worked in many regional theatres, including the Long Wharf Theatre, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Eugene O'Neill Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the Repertory Theatre of New Orleans. In 2014, she directed the production "Bo-Nita" at Portland Center Stage.
Her daughter Winslow Corbett is a stage actress.
The Haven Project
In the 2000s, Corbett served as Artistic Director of the Haven Project, a theatre project for underprivileged children in Portland, Oregon, a replication of New York's 52nd St. Project.