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Beverly Lunsford

Beverly Lunsford

American actress
Beverly Lunsford
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Intro American actress
Is Actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 5 January 1945, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, U.S.A.
Age: 75 years
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Beverly Lunsford (January 5, 1945) is an American actress best known as the annoying female character, Shirley Fletcher, on the situation comedy television series, Leave it to Beaver, starring Jerry Mathers.

Early life

Lunsford was born in Atlanta, Georgia.


Lunsford's early career encompassed several stage performances as well as television and movies. She first appeared at the age of twelve in the 1957 Broadway production of The Rope Dancers starring Siobhan McKenna and Art Carney. Lunsford's big-screen work started soon after. She appeared in several anthology dramas, then progressed onto guest-starring role on television series like National Velvet, My Three Sons, and Leave It to Beaver. She temporarily played the part of Amy Ames Britton Kincaid on the CBS soap opera, The Secret Storm, during which she filled in for the main star, Jada Rowland.

Lunsford's starring role came in 1961 when she played in Roger Corman's topical drama The Intruder. The film dealt with race relations in the American South in the wake of the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling.

In 1963, Lunsford was cast in Herbert L. Strock's horror film, The Crawling Hand. Lunsford made her last screen appearance in 1969, although she still appears at various public celebrity-oriented events.


Year Title Role
1957 That Night! Betsy Bowden
1962 The Intruder Ella McDaniel
1963 The Crawling Hand Patsy Townsen
1968 Jennie: Wife/Child Jennie Pekingpraw


Year Title Role
1956 Robert Montgomery Presents Mark Pendel
1955-1958 United States Steel Hour Sylvia/Allison
1960-1961 National Velvet Marilyn Winters in "The Riding Mistress (with Roger Mobley)
1962 Leave It to Beaver Shirley Fletcher
1969 My Three Sons Betty Crawford
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