Grant appeared in her husband's television series, Medical Center, where he portrayed Dr. Joe Gannon from 1969 to 1976. Grant largely left acting to focus on philanthropy during her later life. She and her husband sponsored more than twenty heart surgeries for children. Shelby Grant died of a brain aneurysm in Westlake Village, California, on June 25, 2011, at the age of 74.
More DetailsHide DetailsShe was survived by her husband of 45 years, actor Chad Everett; their two daughters, Katherine Thorp and Shannon Everett; and six grandchildren.. Chad Everett joined her of recent: he died of lung cancer on July 24, 2012, at the age of 75, a little over a year after Shelby passed away.
Grant married her husband, actor Chad Everett, in a ceremony held on May 22, 1966, in Tucson, Arizona. Chad Everett had been on location in Tucson filming the 1967 movie, Return of the Gunfighter, at the time of their wedding.
Grant appeared in local television commercials for KTUL-TV, based in Tulsa, after college. In 1962, she moved from Oklahoma to southern California to pursue an acting career.
More DetailsHide DetailsShe initially worked as a teacher of special education and deaf students at Hollywood High School while trying to enter the entertainment industry.
Thompson was discovered by a 20th Century Fox talent scout. She changed her professional name to Shelby Grant. She "drew Shelby Grant out of a hat", according to an interview she gave to columnist, Hedda Hopper.
She also won the title of Northeastern Oklahoma Dairy Princess in 1959 as well.
Thompson enrolled at Northeastern State College, now known as Northeastern State University, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where she studied drama and speech. She became Northeastern State's football queen in 1959.
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