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Kathleen Hughes (born November 14, 1928) is an American film, stage, and television actress from Hollywood, California.

Kathleen's ambition as an actress came from two sources. She saw a film with actor Donald O'Connor, which gave her the idea that acting looked like fun. Also, her uncle was playwright F. Hugh Herbert, who authored Kiss and Tell and The Moon is Blue, among other titles.

Motion pictures

She was discovered in a Little Theater production in 1948. Signed to a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox, she made fourteen films for the studio. She appeared in five motion pictures for Universal Studios, including the cult film, It Came From Outer Space. Released on May 27, 1953, the sci fi feature was adapted from the writing of Ray Bradbury. It was Universal's first entry into the 3D Film medium.

Had scenes in "Ironweed", "Revenge" and "The Couch Trip" that were all cut out before their releases. Niece of screenwriter F. Hugh Herbert.

She considers The Glass Web (1953), with Edward G. Robinson, her best film. Hughes credits actor Paul Henreid with giving her the major break in her career. This came when he chose her for the role of the stunning blonde in the movie, For Men Only (1952). The film is also known as The Tall Lie.


By 1956 Kathleen was appearing in television series. She played in episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1956–1957), Telephone Time (1956), The Bob Cummings Show (1958), The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, 77 Sunset Strip (1959), Hotel de Paree (1959), Tightrope (1959), The Tall Man (1959), General Electric Theater (1960–1962), Bachelor Father (1962), Perry Mason (1962), Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1965), and I Dream of Jeannie (1967).

She played the recurring role of Mrs. Coburn on the television series, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. She appeared on M*A*S*H as Lorraine Blake, wife of unit commander Henry Blake, in a home movie she sent to him.

Her last television credit to date is for an episode of Finder of Lost Loves. She played Kathleen Hughes, Edward's secretary.

Personal life

Hughes' favorite stage role was in the play A Seven Year Itch. Her enthusiasm for the production was not dampened by its interference with her own honeymoon. She married Stanley Rubin, the producer of Bracken's World. The couple have four children, one girl and three boys.





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