Gretchen Corbett

Gretchen Corbett

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1947-08-13 (74 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Camp Sherman, Oregon, USA

19 Movies · 25 TV shows

Biography

Gretchen Hoyt Corbett (born August 13, 1947) is an American actress and theater director. She is primarily known for her roles in television, particularly as attorney Beth Davenport on the NBC series The Rockford Files, but has also had a prolific career as a stage actress on Broadway as well as in regional theater.A native of Oregon and the great-great-granddaughter of Oregon U.S. Senator Henry W. Corbett, she spent her early life in Camp Sherman and Portland, where she graduated from the Catlin Gabel School. Corbett studied drama at Carnegie Mellon University before making her stage debut in a production of Othello at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She subsequently appeared in lead roles on Broadway in After the Rain (1967) and Forty Carats (1968), opposite Julie Harris. She also starred off-Broadway in the title role of Iphigenia in Aulis (1968), and as Joan la Pucelle in Shakespeare's Henry VI, staged at Central Park's Delacorte Theater in 1970. She starred as Jeanne d'Arc in The Survival of St. Joan between 1970 and 1971.She made her feature film debut in the comedy Out of It (1969), followed by a supporting role in the cult horror film Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971). In 1972, Corbett signed a contract with Universal Studios, and appeared in numerous television films and series for the studio, while simultaneously working in summer stock theater on the East Coast. Between 1974 and 1978, she starred as the idealistic attorney Beth Davenport on the NBC series The Rockford Files, opposite James Garner. Corbett subsequently starred in the horror film Jaws of Satan (1981), and the drama Million Dollar Infield (1982), directed by Hal Cooper. For the majority of the 1980s, Corbett appeared in guest-starring roles on numerous television series, including Cheers (1983) and Magnum, P.I. (1981–1983), and starred in the short-lived Otherworld (1985). In 1988, she starred in the original workshop stage production of The Heidi Chronicles for the Seattle Repertory Theatre. She later had minor parts in the films Without Evidence (1995) and A Change of Heart (1998). Since the 2000s, Corbett has served as the artistic director of the Portland-based Haven Project, a theater project serving underprivileged children, and appeared in numerous stage productions at the Portland Center Stage as well as the city's Third Rail Repertory. She returned to television with a recurring character on the IFC series Portlandia in 2013, and had a guest-starring role on the Hulu series Shrill in 2019.

Personal Life

Corbett had a relationship with Robin Gammell. They had one child, Winslow Corbett.

Early Life

Gretchen Hoyt Corbett was born August 13, 1947 in Portland, Oregon to Henry Ladd Corbett, Jr. and Katherine Minahen (née Coney) "Kay" Corbett. She is a great-great-granddaughter of Oregon pioneer, businessman, and Senator Henry Winslow Corbett, and granddaughter of Henry Ladd Corbett, a Portland civic leader, businessman, and politician. The community of Corbett, Oregon is named for her great-great-grandfather. Through her paternal ancestry, she is of English descent, with ancestors originating from Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk. Corbett has two brothers and one sister.Corbett's father, tired of the city, relocated the family to rural Camp Sherman, Oregon, where she spent her early life. "I rode my horse to school every day, four miles each way," she recalled in a 1985 interview. "I hated it then, but, in retrospect, it was a marvelous life and a great way to grow up." The family eventually returned to Portland in her later childhood, where her mother worked as an administrator at the University of Portland. At age seven, Corbett was inspired to become an actress after attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.Corbett attended the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, and as a teenager apprenticed with the Carnival Theatre camp at the University of Oregon. She studied drama at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Tech (before its merger with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research to form Carnegie Mellon University in 1967), but dropped out after her first year of studies to begin working as a full-time actress.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

2 Movies
Pig

Pig

10
2021
A man living alone in the Oregon wilderness goes to Portland to find the person who stole his pig and then goes on a cat-and-mouse run along the shore.
Lorelei

Lorelei

2021
A man has been in prison for 15 years. He has a high school girlfriend who is now a single mother of three. There is a take on love, regret and second chances.

2011.

1 TV show
TV
Portlandia

Portlandia

6
2011
The eccentric misfits who embody the foibles of modern culture are the subject of a satirical sketch comedy set and filmed in Portland, Oregon.

1999.

1 Movie
The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads

The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads

1999
Jim Rockford must help a friend unjustly accused of child molestation.

1998.

1 Movie
Change of Heart

Change of Heart

1998
Jim Marshall hides a suppressed desire that is about to ruin his family. Elaine Marshall learns that Jim's mistress is a young man when she catches her husband and his lover in a hotel room. Jim, Elai...

1996.

2 Movies
The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits...

The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits...

1996
Jim Rockford, is framed for the murder of another rival detective with whom Jim was seen having an argument.
The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play

The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play

1996
An friend of Jim's continues to seek his help for her murdered son, but when she winds up dead not long after an altercation with the mafia man, Jim must must do what it takes to put both her soul and...

1995.

1 Movie
Without Evidence

Without Evidence

1995
Michael Francke was the Head ofCorrections for the state of Oregon before he was murdered. His brother was informed of a drug ring involving his prison colleagues. When Michael is killed, his brother ...

1987.

1 TV show
TV
21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street

8
1987
21 Jump Street is about a group of young cops who use their youthful appearance to go undercover and solve crimes involving teenagers and young adults.

1985.

1 TV show
TV
Otherworld

Otherworld

1985
There were only eight episodes of Otherworld on CBS. It was created by Roderick Taylor. Each episode had a small role for Taylor.

1984.

2 TV shows
TV
Hunter

Hunter

1984
Frank Lupo is the creator of Hunter, a police drama series that features Fred Dryer as Sgt. They were Rick Hunter and Stepfanie Kramer. Dee Dee McCall was on NBC from 1984 to 1991. After the sixth sea...
TV
Murder, She Wrote

Murder, She Wrote

7
1984
An unassuming mystery writer turned sleuth uses her professional insight to help solve real-life homicide cases.

1982.

1 TV show
TV
Cheers

Cheers

6.12
1982
The story is about a bar in Boston that was run by a former sports star.

1981.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Time Warp

Time Warp

1981
An astronauts comes home to his family, but he's invisible for a year in the future.
Jaws of Satan

Jaws of Satan

1981
A preacher has fought his ancestors and Satan has taken the form of a snake.
TV
Simon & Simon

Simon & Simon

6
1981
The original run of Simon & Simon was from 1981 to 1989. Two brothers ran a private detective agency.

1980.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
High Ice

High Ice

1980
An egotistical army officer clashed with a park Ranger over how to save three rock climbers stranded on a high elevation ledge of a mountain in Washington state.
TV
Magnum, P.I.

Magnum, P.I.

5.61
1980
A private investigator who works when he wants, lives in a beachfront estate in Hawaii, runs up an unlimited tab at a swank bar, and charms attractive women in peril - that's the lifestyle of Thomas M...
PSI Factor

PSI Factor

1980
Aliens from another dimension cross space and time to come to Earth. A scientist tries to discover what their motives are.

1979.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Trapper John, M.D.

Trapper John, M.D.

6
1979
John was a doctor. An American television medical drama and spin-off of the film MASH is about a lovable doctor who became a mentor and father figure in San Francisco. The show was on CBS from 1979 to...
TV
Tales of the Unexpected

Tales of the Unexpected

1979
Tales of the Unexpected was a British television show from 1979 to 1988. The stories were often funny and sinister. Tales of the Unexpected, Kiss Kiss and Someone Like You were written by the author o...
Mandrake

Mandrake

1979
Mandrake, a famous magician, and his assistant Lothar come to the aid of an amusement park owner who is being blackmailed by a madman who is killing the park's customers until he gets his money.
She's Dressed to Kill

She's Dressed to Kill

1979
A fashion designer gives a private showing at her mansion over the weekend, but someone starts killing off the models.

1978.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Secrets of Three Hungry Wives

Secrets of Three Hungry Wives

1978
When a millionaire playboy is murdered, suspicion falls on three married women, best friends, whom he had tried to play against each other in a game of divide and conquer.
TV
W.E.B.

W.E.B.

1978
W.E.B. It aired for less than a month on NBC in 1978.
The Other Side of the Mountain: Part II

The Other Side of the Mountain: Part II

1978
Larry Peerce directed The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2. It features Marilyn Hassett and Timothy Bottoms. The Other Side of the Mountain was a sequel.

1977.

1 TV show
TV
Lucan

Lucan

1977
Lucan is a TV Drama which aired on ABC from 1977 to 1978, starring Kevin Brophy, John Randolph, and Don Gordon. A 20-year old man who spent the first 10 years of his life running wild in the forest a...

1976.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Savage Bees

The Savage Bees

1976
A swarm of African killer bees escape from a foreign freighter and stop the fun of the annual Mardi Gras celebration.
TV
Family

Family

1976
The Lawrence family lives in Pasadena, California.

1975.

4 TV shows
TV
Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

8
1975
She is Wonder Woman because of the strength of Hercules, the wisdom of Athena, the speed of Mercury and the beauty of Aphrodite. Wonder Woman is an assistant to a handsome but trouble-prone Major Stev...
TV
Switch

Switch

1975
Eddie Albert and Robert Wagner are private eyes who work for a deceptive sting operation in Switch, an American action-adventure, tongue-in-cheek detective series. The Hawaii Five-O detective series w...
TV
Barbary Coast

Barbary Coast

1975
Barbary Coast is an American television series that aired on ABC. The pilot movie first aired on May 4, 1975 and the series itself premiered September 8, 1975; the last episode aired January 9, 1976. ...
TV
Ellery Queen

Ellery Queen

1975
A television detective mystery series is based on a fictional character. During the 1975-76 television season, it was aired on NBC and starred Jim Hutton as Ellery Queen, David Wayne as his father, In...

1974.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Cay

The Cay

1974
When Young Phillip is separated from his mother and found by a black man named Timothy and his cat, he becomes blind and they all end up on an island. Will they survive or die?
TV
The Rockford Files

The Rockford Files

7
1974
L.A is likable. PI Jim Rockford takes a lot of them. An ex-con sent to the slammer for a crime he didn't commit, Rockford takes on cases others don't want, aided by his tough old man, his lawyer girlf...

1973.

1 TV show
TV
Kojak

Kojak

6
1973
Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak works in New York City.

1972.

1 TV show
TV
Emergency!

Emergency!

7
1972
The medical drama and action-adventure genres are combined in Emergency! It was distributed by Universal Studios. It ran until May 28, 1977 and had six additional two-hour television films during the ...

1971.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Columbo

Columbo

4.89
1971
Columbo is a police detective who is often underestimated by his suspects. He solved all of his cases and secured all the evidence needed for an indictment despite his unprepossessing appearance. Only...
Let's Scare Jessica to Death

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

8.67
1971
Jessica hopes to return to her normal life after being released from a mental ward. When Jessica moves to a country house with her husband and a close friend, she finds a girl who may or may not be a ...

1969.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Marcus Welby, M.D.

Marcus Welby, M.D.

4.8
1969
M.D. by Marcus Welby. It aired on ABC from September 23, 1969 to July 29, 1976. It was produced by David Victor and David J and starred Robert Young as a family doctor and James Brolin as a younger do...
Out of It

Out of It

1969
A nerd and jock are competing for the attention of a cheerleader.

1968.

1 TV show
TV
Hawaii Five-O

Hawaii Five-O

5.45
1968
Hawaii Five-O is a police procedural drama. The show aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980. Jack Lord portrayed Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett, the head of a special state police task force whi...

1967.

1 TV show
TV
Ironside

Ironside

6
1967
Ironside ran on NBC from September 14, 1967 to January 16, 1975. Raymond Burr was a paraplegic Chief of Detectives on the show. Ironside. The character appeared in a TV movie. The show was originally ...

1955.

1 TV show
TV
Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke

6
1955
Gunsmoke is a Western drama series created by Norman MacDonnell and John Meston. The settlement of the American West took place in Dodge City, Kansas. William Conrad is on radio and James Arness is on...
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