Yvonne Fedderson

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Yvonne Glee Lime Fedderson (born April 7, 1935) is an American former actress who was married to producer Don Fedderson. She appeared on screen from 1956 to 1968. Thereafter, she devoted much of her time to easing the plight of orphans worldwide and neglected children in the United States.

Though she has long used the name "Yvonne Fedderson", she was born as Yvonne Glee Lime in Glendale, California, the daughter of a music teacher who encouraged her to enter the acting profession. She attended the Pasadena Playhouse, where her performance in a production of Thornton Wilder's Ah, Wilderness! attracted the attention of an agent. This landed Miss Lime into the recurring part of Dottie Snow on twelve episodes of Robert Young's situation comedy, Father Knows Best, in which she portrayed a friend of the Betty Anderson character, played by Elinor Donahue.[1]

In 1957, she appeared in films opposite Elvis Presley -- Loving You -- and Michael Landon -- I Was a Teenage Werewolf. She and Don Fedderson had a daughter, Dionne Fedderson. Don Fedderson produced three popular television series, The Millionaire, My Three Sons, and Family Affair. After the marriage, Lime left acting and devoted her life to philanthrophy. In the 1950s, she had entertained American troops stationed in Japan. Fedderson and fellow actress, Sara Buckner O'Meara, who met on the set of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, in which they were guest stars, launched International Orphans Inc., a charity which built and maintained four orphanages in Japan and five orphanages, a hospital, and a school in Vietnam. Fedderson and O'Meara later devoted their efforts to assist neglected children in the United States and renamed their group, Childhelp, a substantial organization now based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The two were also involved in Operation Babylift at the time of the United States evacuation of the former South Vietnam. From 1960 to 1961, Yvonne Lime had a co-starring role as Sally Day in the 16-episode NBC comedy Happy, in which she and Ronnie Burns, the late adopted son of George Burns and Gracie Allen, played owners of a motel in southern California who have a talking baby known as "Happy." Lloyd Corrigan and Doris Packer were also regulars on the series, which began as a summer replacement in 1960 for The Perry Como Show and later ran early in 1961 for several episodes on the regular network schedule.[2] She had also appeared in varying roles from 1956 to 1958 in eleven episodes of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.[3]

Her first television appearance was on her future husband's The Millionaire as the character "Eileen" in "The Story of Joy Costello." She appeared in 1956 as well as Mary Lou Carter in "The Select Females" episode of the Desilu series The Adventures of Jim Bowie. In 1957, she portrayed Gloria Binks in The Hardy Boys segment "The Mystery of the Ghost Farm." That same year she played a character "Mary" in "A Coney Island Wedding" on the ABC series Crossroads. In 1958, she played "Iris" on "Ladies' Aide", an episode of the late Jackie Cooper's The People's Choice, which features a talking basset hound, the premise which led two years later to the child "Happy." From 1959 to 1961, she appeared twice each on two CBS situation comedies, Dwayne Hickman's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and Frank Aletter's Bringing up Buddy, as the character "Penny". Lime also appeared on NBC's Wichita Town and Bat Masterson, and on CBS's Gomer Pyle. Her last acting role was on My Three Sons as "Linda" in the 1968 episode "The Grandfathers."[3]

Yvonne Lime Fedderson and her daughter, Dionne Fedderson, reside in Paradise Valley in Maricopa County, Arizona. She has seven stepchildren, including actor Mike Minor, from Don Fedderson's first marriage.[3]

References

  1. Biography of Yvonne Fedderson. Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved on May 27, 2012.
  2. "Happy". imdb.com. Retrieved on May 27, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Yvonne Fedderson. imdb.com. Retrieved on May 27, 2012.
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