Hunnicutt in The Golden Bowl (1973)
|Born||February 6, 1943|
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
(m. 1968; div. 1975)
(m. 1978; div. 2009)
|Children||2, including Nolan Hemmings|
Gayle Hunnicutt, Lady Jenkins (born February 6, 1943), is an American film, television and stage actress, She has made more than 30 film appearances.
Early life and education
The daughter of Colonel Sam Lloyd Hunnicutt and Mary Virginia (née Dickerson) Hunnicutt, she was born in Fort Worth, Texas. Hunnicutt attended the University of California, Los Angeles on a scholarship to study English literature and theatre. She worked as a fashion model, then became an actress.
Marriage and family
Hunnicutt married journalist Simon Jenkins in 1978. The couple lived in Primrose Hill, London, where they raised their son Edward. Jenkins was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to journalism in the 2004 New Year honours. The couple divorced in 2009.
During her film career, Hunnicutt was typecast as a brunette sexpot. She portrayed Emaline Fetty, a con woman trying to extort money from the Clampetts in two episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies in 1966. She co-starred with James Garner in the film Marlowe (1969), in which her character was a glamorous Hollywood actress.
After she moved to England with Hemmings in 1970, Hunnicutt was able to use the finer range of her acting. She had a prominent role as Charlotte Stant in Jack Pulman's television adaptation of Henry James's novel The Golden Bowl (1972). She played Lionel's wife in The Legend of Hell House (1973) and Tsarina Alexandra in Fall of Eagles (1974). She appeared as Irene Adler, opposite Jeremy Brett, in the first episode of the TV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ("A Scandal in Bohemia", 1984). She also appeared in another Marlowe mystery in an episode of HBO's Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983), this time starring Powers Boothe. Hunnicutt returned to the United States in 1989 to play the role of Vanessa Beaumont in Dallas until 1991.
Hunnicutt has written two books. The first, Health and Beauty in Motherhood, was published in 1984. In 2004, she published Dearest Virginia: Love Letters from a Cavalry Officer in the South Pacific, which contains the letters exchanged by her parents during World War II.
- The Wild Angels (1966) as Susie
- P.J. (1968) as Maureen Preble
- The Smugglers (1968 TV film) as Adrianna
- Eye of the Cat (1969) as Kassia Lancaster
- Marlowe (1969) as Mavis Wald
- Fragment of Fear (1970) as Juliet Bristow
- Freelance (1971) as Chris
- The Love Machine (1971) as Astrological girl at party (uncredited)
- Running Scared (1972) as Ellen Case
- Voices (1973) as Claire
- Scorpio (1973) as Susan
- The Legend of Hell House (1973) as Ann Barrett
- Nuits rouges aka Shadowman (1974)
- The Spiral Staircase (1975) as Blanche
- Strange Shadows in an Empty Room (1976) as Margie Cohn
- The Sell Out (1976) as Deborah
- Once in Paris... (1978) as Susan Townsend
- The Saint and the Brave Goose (1979) as Annabelle West
- Flashpoint Africa (1980) as Lisa Ford
- The Million Dollar Face (1981 TV film) as Diana Masterson
- Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1983 TV film) as Andrea Mackovich
- Savage in the Orient (1983 TV film) as Julian Clydesdale
- Two by Forsyth (1984 TV film)
- Target (1985) as Donna Lloyd
- Dream Lover (1986) as Claire
- Turnaround (1987) as Pat
- Silence Like Glass (1989) as Mrs. Martin
- Hard to Be a God (1989)
- The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series 1966) She portrayed Emaline Fetty, a con woman trying to extort money from the Clampetts in two episodes.
- The Golden Bowl (TV miniseries, 1972) as Charlotte Slant
- The Ripening Seed (1973) as Madame Dalleray
- Fall of Eagles (TV miniseries, 1974) as Tsarina Alexandra
- Thriller ("K Is for Killing", 1974) as Suzy Buckley
- Dylan (1978) as Liz Reitel
- Return of the Saint (1979) as Annabelle West
- A Man Called Intrepid (TV miniseries, 1979) as Cynthia
- Fantômas (French TV miniseries, 1980's) as Lady Beltham
- The Martian Chronicles (TV miniseries, 1980) as Ruth Wilder
- Taxi (1982) as Mrs. Bascome
- Tales of the Unexpected ("The Luncheon", 1983) as Susan Mandeville
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984) as Irene Adler
- The First Olympics: Athens 1896 (TV miniseries, 1984) as Mary Sloane
- A Woman of Substance (TV miniseries, 1985) as Olivia Wainright
- Strong Medicine (1986) as Lillian Hawthorne
- Dream West (TV miniseries, 1986) as Maria Crittenden
- Dallas (1989–1991) as Vanessa Beaumont
- The Saint: The Brazilian Connection (1989) as Mrs. Cunningham
- Get Smart: It Takes One to Know One (1966–67) as Octavia