July 31 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actress Mary Munday ('Ring-a-Ding Girl') on the anniversary of her birth

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Jul 31, 2018, 5:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Today, July 31st, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember actress Mary Munday, who was born on this day in 1926.

Munday (1926-1997), a Glendale, California native, portrayed Hildy Powell, the sister of a vivacious Hollywood actress (Maggie McNamara) in "Ring-a-Ding Girl." It is Hildy who gifts her sister with a ring that magically exhorts her to come home immediately.


Decades before "face-timing," Hildy Powell (Mary Munday) uses a magical ring to send an urgent message to her sister in "Ring-A-Ding Girl."

Munday made her television debut in the "Project 44" episode of Science Fiction Theatre (1956), which was helmed by her director husband Tom Gries. She had previously made her feature debut as a bit player in the costume epic The Golden Horde (1951).

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