Noreen M. Corcoran (October 20, 1943 – January 15, 2016) was an
American actress, dancer, and singer best known for her co-starring
role in the television sitcom Bachelor Father, as the teenager Kelly
Gregg, the niece of wealthy attorney Bentley Gregg, played by John
1 Early life
2 Acting career
3 Later years
6 External links
Corcoran was the third of eight children born in Quincy,
Massachusetts, to William "Bill" Corcoran, Sr. (1905–1958), and the
former Kathleen McKenney (1917–1972). In 1947, the Corcorans moved
to Santa Monica, California, where the father became the maintenance
chief at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
The Corcoran children studied dramatics or dance as a means to launch
potential acting careers. During the 1950s, Noreen's younger brother
Kevin Corcoran gained fame in the role of Moochie on Walt Disney's The
Spin and Marty
Spin and Marty with
Tim Considine and David Stollery,
and in the serial Moochie of the Little League on Walt Disney
Presents. Several of Noreen and Kevin's siblings, including Kelly
(1958-2002), were actors.
After going to Notre Dame Academy and Providence High School,
California State University from 1962 to 1964 but
did not graduate.
Corcoran's screen debut was a small role in the emotional film, Wait
'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie at 20th Century Fox. She was next cast in
I Love Melvin
I Love Melvin in 1953. More roles followed,
including the role of "Anna," the girl who was granted another
birthday in "Tusitala," 1953 “Young Bess” as Princess Elizabeth as
a child, a 1955 Four Star Playhouse production starring
David Niven as
Robert Louis Stevenson,
Band of Angels
Band of Angels in 1957, and television
appearances in Circus Boy, starring Micky Dolenz, later of the singing
group The Monkees. Noreen also had a part in the short-lived series
The World of Mr. Sweeney
The World of Mr. Sweeney with Charles Ruggles.
In 1957, future U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan, who was working at
the same studio on his
General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater on CBS, viewed the
screen tests for Bachelor Father and recommended Corcoran to John
Forsythe for the part of Kelly. In the show, Kelly (Corcoran) is
orphaned at thirteen when her parents are killed in an automobile
accident and she is then adopted and reared by her bachelor Uncle
Bentley (Forsythe) in well-to-do Beverly Hills, California.
As a popular young actress, Corcoran made the cover of numerous
magazines. Slowly before the viewers' eyes, she seemed to grow from a
somewhat awkward teenager into a sophisticated young woman. Kelly had
enrolled in the same college Bentley attended and was a freshman there
during the series final season (1961-1962). In mostly season 1 & 2
story lines, Kelly often acted as an unwelcome matchmaker for her
A year after the completion of Bachelor Father (1963), Corcoran
achieved some musical success as her single recording of "Love Kitten"
reached #142 in Music Vendor (October 1963).
In 1963, Corcoran played a supporting role in Paul Wendkos' Gidget
Goes to Rome and starred in William Witney's The Girls on the
Beach, an attempt by
Paramount Pictures to compete in the "Beach
Party" genre of films, which had been particularly successful for
Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. The movie featured performances
from the popular singer Lesley Gore, The Beach Boys, and The Crickets
(after the death of Buddy Holly).
Corcoran guest-starred in two similar television series, NBC's Mr.
James Franciscus and ABC's Channing with Jason Evers.
She guest starred at this time on the ABC drama series, Going My Way,
starring Gene Kelly. In 1964, she was cast as Alice Lang in NBC's
medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour in the episode
"You're So Smart, Why Can't You Be Good?" Then she appeared in two
James Arness in the 1964 episode "Owney
Tupper Had a Daughter" with fellow guest star Jay C. Flippen, and
The Big Valley
The Big Valley with Barbara Stanwyck. In the latter, she played
"Sharon" in a 1965 episode entitled "The Brawlers".
Noreen Corcoran left acting for a private career behind the scenes
in theatre arts and dance. In 1966, she began an 11-year association
with the Lewitzky Dance Company, which was opened that year by the
renowned choreographer Bella Lewitzky. Corcoran retired in 2004.
She never married. She maintained contact with her friend and mentor
John Forsythe until his death.
On January 15, 2016, Corcoran died of cardiopulmonary disease at
Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California, at age 72.
She was survived by two sisters, Donna and Kerry, and a niece.
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Los Angeles portal
Noreen Corcoran on IMDb
Noreen Corcoran at TV Guide
Noreen Corcoran at TV.com
Bachelor Father at TV.com
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