Jill Banner
American actress
Jill Banner
Jill Banner was an American film actress, possibly best recalled for her role as Virginia, the "spider baby" in the 1964 cult horror-comedy film Spider Baby. She also had roles as James Coburn's flower child friend in The President's Analyst (1967), and a couple of hippie girls in Jack Webb's television series, Dragnet.
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    THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 35
    In 1982, her Toyota was hit by a truck on Ventura Freeway.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 29
    Banner eventually abandoned Hollywood for a real estate job in New Mexico in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Marlon Brando's 1994 autobiography, Songs My Mother Taught Me, discusses the couple's relationship. Banner returned to Southern California and in the early 1980s, reportedly to develop scripts.
  • 1967
    Age 20
    She was featured in several episodes of Jack Webb's police-procedural shows, Dragnet 1967 and Adam-12, usually playing clueless teenagers and spaced-out daytrippers.
    More Details Hide Details In the Dragnet story "Forgery", she played a pot-smoking woman who is duped into a life of check fraud by two hippie dope dealers. In another episode, "The Hammer", Banner played a hardened but stupid juvenile whose sociopath boyfriend has murdered an elderly man for money and a ring. When captured, Banner's character shows no remorse, prompting Detective Sgt. Joe Friday to say: "I'll bet your mother had a loud bark." Banner performed in several movies and TV shows in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including Shadow Over Elveron (1968) with Don Ameche and Adam-12 co-star Kent McCord. In The Stranger Returns (1968), a comic spaghetti western (aka Shoot First Laugh Last and Un Uomo, Un Cavallo, Una Pistola), Banner played the pretty daughter of a corrupt postal official who falls into the hands of banditos, only to be rescued by The Stranger. She was also featured in Hunters Are For Killing (1970), an early Burt Reynolds movie. In an interview, Reynolds once joked that such films were typically shown in prisons and airplanes because no one in the audience could leave. She appeared in episodes of the television shows The Bold Ones and Cade's County. She had an uncredited bit part in Christian Marquand's film Candy (1968), but her scene was deleted from the final print.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1964
    Age 17
    She made her film debut in Spider Baby with Sid Haig and Lon Chaney, Jr. Directed by Jack Hill (Coffy, Switchblade Sisters), the film was tied up in litigation from 1964 until 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Released under various titles, including Attack Of The Liver Eaters and Cannibal Orgy, Or The Maddest Story Ever Told, the four-year-old black and white feature quickly faded from view in the tie-dyed electric-Koolaid-acid Sixties. Spider Baby became known largely through the efforts of Los Angeles cult film resurrectionist Johnny Legend. The film tells the story of the Merrye family, a clan of cannibals. While Spider Baby remained in legal limbo in the mid-1960s, Banner was featured in Deadlier Than The Male (1966), a British mystery about two female assassins. She played Wendy, a wholesome teenager, in C’mon, Let’s Live a Little (1967), one of the last of the "beach party" films. In the psychedelically paranoid spy spoof The President's Analyst (1967), Banner was a flower child named "Snow White", who temporarily rescues James Coburn (Our Man Flint, In Like Flint) from a combined conspiracy of the American CIA, the Russian KGB, and The Phone Company (referred to cryptically as "TPC").
    She graduated in 1964.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Age 2
    Banner was born Mary Molumby in Bremerton, Washington. After her father's death in 1949, Molumby and her mother lived in South Dakota and Iowa, near relatives, finally ending up in Glendale, California.
    More Details Hide Details She studied at the Hollywood Professional School, a K-12 school for working professional children run by Maurice and Bertha Mann, where classes typically ran from 8:45 AM to 12:45 PM, allowing the students the afternoon off to pursue various jobs or performing careers. The school assemblies, called "Aud. Calls", were early showcases for the talents of students aspiring to be dancers, singers, and actors.
  • 1946
    Born
    Born on November 8, 1946.
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