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July 11 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actress Irene Hervey ('Black Leather Jackets')

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Jul 11, 2018

Today, July 11th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember actress Irene Hervey, who was born on this day in 1909.

Hervey portrayed suburban wife and mother Martha Tillman, whose daughter (Shelly Fabares) falls for a leather-jacketed, motorcycle-riding alien invader (Lee Kinsolving) in "Black Leather Jackets."

A native of Venice, California, Hervey (1909-1998) received an Emmy nomination in 1969 for Best Supporting Actress in "The O'Casey Scandal" episode of My Three Sons (she lost to Anna Calder-Marshall in Male of the Species). She made her TV debut in the "Our Two Hundred Children" episode of The Gulf Playhouse (1952), working with two future Twilight Zone players, Dean Jagger and Henry Jones.

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Irene Hervey - a portrait from the 1930s, when she was appearing in films like Destry Rides Again (1939).

Hervey later had the recurring role of Clara Bagley on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1955-1958) and she was Aunt Meg on Honey West (1965-1966, 16 episodes, supporting TZ superstar Anne Francis).

So, on the anniversary of Irene Hervey's birth, let's raise a suburban cocktail (maybe a Manhattan) to a fine actress with impressive credentials who brought her gifts to a neighborhood taken over by aliens – quite a common phenomenon in The Twilight Zone.