Leslie Parrish

Born Mar 18, 1935

Leslie Parrish is an American actress. She worked under her birth name, Marjorie Hellen, until she changed it in 1959.

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1935 Birth Born on March 18, 1935.


1954 19 Years Old In April 1954, as a 19-year-old model with the Conover Agency in New York City, she was under contract to NBC-TV as "Miss Color TV" (she was used during broadcasts as a human test pattern to check accuracy of skin tones). … Read More


1955 20 Years Old Parrish married songwriter Ric Marlow in 1955; the couple divorced in 1961.
1956 21 Years Old In 1956, she was put under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. … Read More
1959 24 Years Old She first gained wide attention in her first starring role as Daisy Mae in the 1959 movie version of Li'l Abner, where she changed her name from Marjorie Hellen to Leslie Parrish at the director's request.
1962 27 Years Old In 1962 she appeared in the classic film The Manchurian Candidate, playing Laurence Harvey’s on screen wife, Jocelyn Jordan. … Read More


In 1967, she guest-starred on Star Trek in an episode entitled "Who Mourns For Adonais? … Read More
1968 33 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 4, 1968, Parrish and Leonard Nimoy, (who was a STOP! member and supporter of Eugene McCarthy), flew to San Francisco to open McCarthy’s new headquarters there. … Read More
During this very active era in politics, Parrish worked in numerous political campaigns (presidential, gubernatorial, senatorial, congressional, mayoral) and with many different organizations producing public events and fund-raisers for them. Her last major production was the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (MOBE) held November 16, 1969 at San Francisco's Polo Grounds.
1973 38 Years Old In 1973, Tom Bradley became Los Angeles’ first black mayor.


1977 42 Years Old She married Richard Bach, the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, in 1977, whom she met during the making of the movie of the same name. She was a major element in two of his subsequent books—The Bridge Across Forever and One—which primarily focused on their relationship and Bach's concept of soulmates. They divorced in 1999. … Read More
1979 44 Years Old In 1979, she and her then-husband, Richard Bach, built an experimental home in southwest Oregon using 100% solar power - no cooling or heating systems ― only solar power to prove it could be done. … Read More


1999 64 Years Old In 1999, Parrish created a 240-acre wildlife sanctuary on Orcas Island (in the San Juan Islands, Washington State) to save it from normal development techniques which include logging. … Read More
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