Kim Darby was born Deborah Zerby on July 8, 1947 in Los Angeles, California,to parents Inga and Jon Zerby who bought are professional dancers. Her father insisted on calling her "Derby" Zerby thinking it was a great stage name.
Kim Darby began acting at age fifteen and has appeared in many films and television shows.
Her first appearance was as a dancer in the 1963 film Bye Bye Birdie. Among her best known roles are True Grit in 1969 playing a fourteen-year-old when she was twenty-one years old, Gunsmoke in episode "The Lure",Better Off Dead in 1985, and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers in 1995.
After she starred in True Grit, film critics predicted that she was at the beginning of a long career as a great actress. In fact, she has made almost no films of note since.
This has caused some critics to put her in the same category as Bo Derek in 10 and Maria Schneider in Last Tango in Paris, because all three actresses made spectacular splashes in their first films, but never acted in successful films again.
Why is Kim Darby famous?
Kim Darby is an American actress perhaps best known for co-starring with John Wayne and country singer/actor Glen Campbell in the 1969 western True Grit.
Why do we like Kim Darby?
Kim Darby has been married five times, three times to well-known people in Hollywood. Her first marriage was to actor James Stacy between 1968 and 1969. They had one child, Heather.
Her second marriage was to B-movie actor James Westmoreland, who is also known as Rad Fulton February to March 1970. Her fourth marriage was the longest, and was to producer William (Bill) Tennant. She has had romantic relations with actors John David Carson and Pete Duel.
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