If Soap Goes Out of Style...
TV Guide 2/8/64
...well-scrubbed Beverley Owen is going to be in a lot of trouble.
Beverley Ogg, when she left her native Iowa three years ago, was a well-scrubbed, all-American girl. Now she is an actress named Beverley Owen; she has appeared--as a well-scrubbed, all-American girl--in Wagon Train, Kraft Mystery Theatre and The Virginian; and she saved $10,000 last year. She says, "Acting is a risky business, and I can't play well-scrubbed, all-American girls all my life."
She has played other roles. In a three-parter for ABC's Directions '64 she was a circus usherette with sequins, a Midwest housewife with steelrimmed spectacles and a lioness who talked. She says, "This gave me the b est chance I've had to show my versatility since I was 8 years old and played the title role in 'The Little Fir Tree.'"
Beverley has wanted to be an actress all her life, but her father, who teaches agricultural economics at Iowa State University, insisted that she go to college first. After being graduated from the University of Michigan she headed for New York. "But I didn't go there with ideas of acting," she says. "Or at least I wouldn't admit it to myself."
She ended up as a secretary at CBS, working for such bosses as Ed Sullivan, who fired her ("My shorthand was lousy"), and Captain Kangaroo, who let her take acting jobs in her spare time. Dorothy Kilgallen's sister Eleanor, who finds talent in New York for Revue Studios, saw her in one of these and arranged a screen test. Beverley was signed to a contract.
Although she does her acting in Hollywood, Beverley's home still is New York and she intends to stay there. "California already has plenty of Iowans," she says. "But it has no New England and no New York Giants football team."