March 13, 1933
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Other names||Gloria McMillan Allen|
|Alma mater||Mount Saint Mary's College|
|Known for||Our Miss Brooks|
|Spouse(s)||Gilbert W. Allen (1954 - 1974)|
Ron Cocking (June 28, 1987 - present )
|Children||sons Jonathan, Christoper|
daughters Janet, Kelly, Barbara
|Parent(s)||Hazel McMillan - television agent Hazel McMillan Agency Emmerson McMillan|
Gloria McMillan (born March 13, 1933) is an American former actress who is perhaps best known for her work in old-time radio. She is known for her role as Harriet Conklin, the student of Miss Brooks and the daughter of Principal Osgood Conklin (played by Eve Arden and Gale Gordon respectively) in the popular 1950s sitcom, Our Miss Brooks.
McMillan was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1933, but her family moved to Hollywood, California, when she was 7. She attended Westlake School for Girls, Immaculate Heart High School, and Mount Saint Mary's College. She also studied piano under Amparo Iturbi, fitting four hours of practice in among her other daily activities.
McMillan's sister, Janet, acted on stage and on radio and was a teacher.
Early in her career, McMillan acted at the Pasadena Playhouse and with the La Jolla Players. In 1974, she returned to the stage in Seattle, in Under Papa's Picture. The production reunited her with Eve Arden, with whom she had worked in Our Miss Brooks. The play ran for nine weeks and "broke all records in the history of Seattle legitimate theater attractions." The production eventually went on tour to Washington, D.C., Dallas, Toronto, and London.
At age 4, McMillan was singing on a radio station in Portland. Three years later, her family's relocation to Hollywood enabled her to become involved with radio entertainment there. The first radio drama on which she worked was Big Town.
From 1948 to 1957, McMillan played Harriet Conklin, daughter of high school principal Osgood Conklin, on Our Miss Brooks, from which the show starred opposite Eve Arden. Before beginning that program, she had the role of Sharlee Bronson, girl friend of the title character's ward, in Mayor of the Town. She also was a member of the cast of Meet Corliss Archer and was heard often on Dr. Christian.
In the early 1960s, she was host of Faith of Our Children on KRCA-TV. In the fall of 1971, the Chancel Players of First United Presbyterian Church of San Bernardino appeared five times on Sunday Story Time, a children't television program on KABC-TV. The group was directed by McMillan, and she and her husband, the church's pastor, appeared on camera with an introduction and conclusion for each episode.
In September 1969, McMillan opened Star Way Academy of Drama with students enrolled in beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of classes. In 1974, she and Ron Cocking opened The Looking Glass Studio of Performing Arts in San Bernardino, with the goal of building self-confidence and self-respect in children, aiding in "the development of the child into a total person", rather than training "primarily for professional roles. On June 30th 2018 she retired from teaching when all classes at The Looking Glass Studio of Performing Arts transferred to their new Redlands location run by her daughter Kelly Uminski "
On November 23, 1954, McMillan married Gilbert W. Allen, a senior at the University of Southern California, in Beverly Vista Community Church in Beverly Hills, California. The wedding had Our Miss Brooks connections, as Gale Gordon gave the bride away, Richard Crenna was an usher, and Eve Arden's daughter was a junior bridesmaid. They had two sons and two daughters.
Later she divorced Gilbert Allen in 1974. She married Ron Cocking in 1987 onstage at the historic California Theatre in San Bernardino.
She is a member of Actors' Equity Association, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
As a youth, McMillan was involved in church activities, including teaching a Sunday School class of first-grade children and leading her church's eighth-grade girls' club. Six months after her wedding, McMillan announced that she was giving up acting to help her husband in his ministry as he was preparing to enter the Presbyterian San Francisco Theological Seminary. The couple met through their mutual work with young people at Beverly Vista Community Church. McMillan said, "We've both had a good taste of church work, and we love it."
In 1965, McMillan and Allen led in establishing the first Presbyterian church in Huntington Beach, California, with Allen having been assigned that role by the Presbytery of Los Angeles.
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