Who is Gretchen Corbett?
Gretchen Hoyt Corbett was born on August 13, 1947, in the small community of Camp Sherman in Portland, Oregon; her zodiac sign is Leo, and she is of American nationality. She is an actress and theatre director best remembered for her role as Beth Davenport in the 1974–1980 mystery crime drama series “The Rockford Files,” which featured James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., and Joe Santos. The series, which follows the life of an ex-convict turned private detective, won eight awards and was nominated for 27 more, including four Golden Globes.
There have been reports on the internet that Gretchen Corbett has retired from acting, but she is still very much involved, and she has recently been cast to feature in the next drama “Pig,” which is slated to be released in late 2020.
Childhood And Education
Gretchen was raised in Portland with her sister and two brothers by their businessman father Henry Ladd Corbett and housewife mother Katherine Minahen – Gretchen’s great-great-grandfather Henry Winslow Corbett was a Senator for Oregon and a businessman, and her grandfather Henry Lad Corbett was a civic leader and politician.
Gretchen rode her horse eight miles to school and back every day, and while she didn’t like it at the time, she subsequently admitted in an interview that it was a good life in retrospect. She was only seven years old when she attended the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and grew interested in playing, and she later went on to attend the Catlin Gabel School, where she appeared in numerous plays. She attended Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh in 1965 to study drama but dropped out after only a year to focus on her acting career.
Gretchen has been credited with almost 70 parts in films and television programs, and we will highlight some of her most memorable performances in this article.
Gretchen made her film debut in 1969, when she was cast as Barbara in the comedy film “Out of It,” written and directed by Paul Williams, and two years later Gretchen played The Girl in the horror mystery drama “Let’s Scare Jessica to Death,” which follows a woman who believes she is losing her mind after moving into an allegedly haunted house. In 1975, she played Jenny in the drama “Knuckle,” which received little attention, and in 1976, she played Lois in the historical war drama “Farewell to Manzanar,” starring Yuki Shimoda, Nobu McCarthy, and Dori Takeshita, and about Jeanne Wakatsuki, a seven-year-old girl who is detained allegedly as an enemy alien in the camp Manzanar in California after the Pearl Harbor attack.
Gretchen went on to perform minor roles in “The Savage Bees,” a science fiction horror thriller, and “The Fatal Weakness,” a comedy, before being cast as one of the key characters, Linda Mae Meyers, in the biographical romantic drama “The Other Side of the Mountain: Part II.” Her subsequent films were the criminal thriller “Secrets of Three Hungry Wives” in 1978, the drama “Mandrake” in 1979, and the adventure family drama “High Ice” in 1980. Gretchen was praised for her depiction of Carole Frische in the 1982 comedic drama “Million Dollar Infield,” although the film itself was not well received. She appeared as Joanne Braithwaite in the one-hour drama film “Things Are Looking Up” in 1984, and as Rita Aaron in the drama “North Beach and Rawhide” the following year.
Gretchen first appeared in the drama “Final Verdict” in 1991, and went on to appear in several films throughout the 1990s, including the drama “Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter” in 1993, the action crime drama “The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits…” in 1996, and the drama “A Change of Heart” in 1998. Gretchen took a 10-year gap from acting following her performance in “The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds… It Leads” in 1999, and her most recent film appearances were in the thriller drama “Bucksville” in 2011, the short mystery drama “Evelyn” in 2012, and the drama “Lorelei” in 2020.
TV Series Characters
Gretchen made her first TV series appearance in 1967 when she was cast as Meg Stewart in the drama “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing,” and she later appeared in a single episode of several series, including the crime drama “N.Y.P.D.” in 1968, the biographical historical drama “NET Playhouse” in 1972, and the horror mystery drama “The Wide World of Mystery” in 1973.
Gretchen first appeared as a guest star in the episode “Town in Chains” of the western series “Gunsmoke” in 1974, and she later appeared in single episodes of several series before being cast as a guest star in four episodes of the critically acclaimed drama “Marcus Welby, M. D.” in 1976, which follows two doctors Marcus Welby and Steven Kiley as they treat their patients.
Gretchen’s next significant role was in the 1980 drama “Family,” which starred Sada Thompson, Gary Frank, and James Broderick and followed the lives of the Lawrence family in Pasadena, California. She then appeared in the comedy series “One Day at a Time” episode “Plain Favorite” in 1981, the crime drama “Today’s F.B.I.” episode “Deep Cover” in 1982, and the drama “The Mississippi” episode “Peace with Honor” in 1983, before being invited to star as June Sterling in the 1985 action fantasy adventure series “Otherworld,” also starring Sam Groom and Tony O’Dell in the story of a family who gets thrown
Gretchen’s most recent and famous TV series performance came in 2017 when she played Gretchen Eunice Oliver in the comedy “Portlandia,” written by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, who also featured in the series parodying life in Portland.
Gretchen prefers to keep her private life private, but it is known that she was formerly romantically involved with Robin Gammel, a Canadian actor best known for his performances in the films “Raid on Entebbe,” “The Concorde… Airport ’79,” and “The Star Chamber.” They began dating in the 1970s, and Gretchen gave birth to their daughter Winslow Corbett, who is also an actor, in 1979. Gretchen and Robin dated for several years before breaking up for unspecified reasons.
Gretchen hasn’t spoken about any other men she may have dated since her divorce from Robin, even though many of her followers claim to have spotted her walking hand in hand with several guys on the streets of Los Angeles over the years. Gretchen is presumed single as of September 2020, hasn’t married, and has one daughter, as she hasn’t responded to these speculations about her love life.
Other Interests And Hobbies
Gretchen is a philanthropist who has given money to various foundations. She was also the artistic director of the Haven Project, which was established to help poor youngsters interested in acting practice in Portland theaters.
Gretchen’s primary pastime throughout her 20s and 30s was traveling, and she has traveled all around the United States as well as abroad, with some of her favorite cities among those she visited being Paris in France, Athens in Greece, and Tokyo in Japan.
Gretchen’s favorite actors and actresses are Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, and Matt Damon, and her favorite films include “Taxi Driver,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life.”
Body Structure And Net Worth
Gretchen is 73 years old. She has blonde hair and blue eyes are 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall and weighs roughly 130lbs (58kgs).
Her net worth is projected to be more than $16 million as of September 2020.