Bibi Besch

Actor
Having regularly landed television roles since the mid 1960s, actress Bibi Besch appeared to be finally winning the acclaim of her peers in the 1990s (as evidenced by a pair of Emmy Award nominations), before her death ... Read more »
Born: 02/01/1940 in Austria

Filmography

Actor (57)

California Myth 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Coach 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1987 - 1988, 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 1996 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988, 1992 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Ned and Stacey 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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The Jeff Foxworthy Show 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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The Last Shot 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Law & Order 1993 (Tv Show)

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Lonely Hearts 1991 (Movie)

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Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

Nancy Lovell (Actor)

Tremors 1990 (Movie)

Megan--the Doctor's Wife (Actor)

Kill Me Again 1989 (Movie)

Jack's Secretary (Actor)

Steel Magnolias 1989 (Movie)

Belle Marmillion (Actor)

Tattle: When to Tell a Friend 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Date With an Angel 1987 (Movie)

Grace Sanders (Actor)

Who's That Girl 1987 (Movie)

Mrs Worthington (Actor)

Lady Blue 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Scene of the Crime 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Edge of Night 1955 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Hamptons 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Skyward Christmas 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan 1982 (Movie)

Dr Carol Marcus (Actor)

The Lonely Lady 1982 (Movie)

Veronica Randall (Actor)

Secrets of Midland Heights 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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The Beast Within 1980 (Movie)

Caroline MacCleary (Actor)

Backstairs at the White House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Betrayal 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Hardcore 1979 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Steeltown 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The Promise 1979 (Movie)

Dr Allison (Actor)

Tom and Joann 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Somerset 1969 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Pack 1976 (Movie)

Marge (Actor)

Three Times Daley 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Distance 1974 (Movie)

Joanne (Actor)

The Secret Storm 1953 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Love Is a Many Splendored Thing 1967 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Abandoned and Deceived (TV Show)

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Blue Bayou (TV Show)

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Crazy From the Heart (TV Show)

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Dead Solid Perfect (TV Show)

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Doing Time on Maple Drive (TV Show)

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Extreme Close-Up (TV Show)

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Rattled (TV Show)

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The Day After (TV Show)

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The Plutonium Incident (TV Show)

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The Sophisticated Gents (TV Show)

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Tough Girl (TV Show)

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Transplant (TV Show)

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Victory at Entebbe (TV Show)

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Wounded Heart (TV Show)

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Biography

Having regularly landed television roles since the mid 1960s, actress Bibi Besch appeared to be finally winning the acclaim of her peers in the 1990s (as evidenced by a pair of Emmy Award nominations), before her death abruptly ended her career. Besch relocated with her family to Chappaqua, New York (her mother was Austrian theater actress Gusti Huber). Roles on such television soap operas as "The Secret Storm" and "The Edge of Night" served as her start in acting, leading to brief roles on hit 1970s programs ("The Rockford Files," "Charlie's Angels," etc.). One of her better known roles would arrive in the 1982 movie, "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," as the character Dr. Carol Marcus (the mother of Captain James T. Kirk's son), but two years later she was nominated for a Razzie Award (for "Worst Supporting Actress") for her work in the 1983 film, "The Lonely Lady." The early 1990s saw Besch get her career back on track, with Emmy Award nominations in 1992 ("Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special" for "Doing Time on Maple Drive") and 1993 ("Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" for "Northern Exposure"). However, Besch died on September 7, 1996, in Los Angeles (at the age of 56), from breast cancer. Besch's daughter, Samantha Mathis, became a respected actress in her own right.

Relationships

Joseph Besch

Father
survived her

Andrew Besch

Brother
worked for the USA cable-TV network

Drea Gillogly

Sister
survived her worked for CBS television marketing

Gusti Huber

Mother
born 1914 died 1993

Samantha Mathis Actor

Daughter

Christiana McDonald

Sister
survived her

Bonus Trivia

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Member of SAG's National Communications Committee and Woman's Health Task Force

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Nominated for an Emmy Award as Best Supporting Actress in 1992 for "Doing Time on Maple Drive"

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Second Emmy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress in 1993 in the recurring role as Janine Turner's mother on "Northern Exposure"

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Served on the Board of Director's Screen Actors Guild since 1990

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