March 19 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering Nancy Malone ('Stopover in a Quiet Town') and Gail Kobe ('In His Image')

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Mar 19, 2018

Today, March 19th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember two great TZ actresses on the anniversary of their birth: Nancy Malone and Gail Kobe.

Nancy Malone co-starred opposite Barry Nelson in the memorable Season 5 episode "Stopover in a Quiet Town," portraying befuddled Millie Frazier, who vaguely remembers a shadow falling over the car as she and her husband (Nelson) were heading home from a suburban New York party. Waking up in a strange bed, in a strange house, in a strange town, the Fraziers soon discover that they're the only people around, other than the ever-present voice of a giggling little girl...

Malone (1935-2014) later went on to be a celebrated television director and producer with multiple Emmy nominations and a win for producing Bob Hope: The First 90 Years in 1993.

Gail Kobe is solid as the confused girlfriend of Alan Talbot (George Grizzard) in the equally befuddling "In His Image."

Kobe (1932-2013) graced three episodes. In "A World of Difference," she's Howard Duff's secretary, who turns out to be an actress on a set. In the one-hour "In His Image," she's the paramour of odd bird Alan Talbot (George Grizzard). She made her final TZ appearance as the title character's (Don Gordon) uncomfortable girlfriend in "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross."

In "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross," Gail Kobe once again plays a frustrated girlfriend, who, in this case, is pursued by an obnoxious cuss named Salvadore Ross (Don Gordon).

So let's raise a toast to two fine ladies who specialized in frustration in perhaps one of the most frustrating places in the universe: The Twilight Zone.