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Born: November 13, 1941 in Camden, Arkansas, USA
Died: ?
Cause of Death: ?

Spouse 1: ?

Photos: The Green Hornet "The Secret of the Sally Bell"

BiographyBorn on November 13, 1941 in Camden, Arkansas, USA.  She began her acting career in New York, training with Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, and holding membership at the prestigious Actors' Studio.  She had leading roles in over 25 stage productions in and out of the city including shows with Jean Stapleton, Bill Macy, and Walter Pidgeon (TV's Edith Bunker on "All in the Family", Bea Arthur's husband on "Maude", and legendary musical actor of stage and screen, respectively).

    After her move to Los Angeles in 1966, Ms. Brickell easily found work thanks in part to her agents at William Morris.  In fact, her Green Hornet episode is one of the first TV shows she did in LA.  She would soon do real well for herself in 1967 with a two-year stint in the beloved series "Gentle Ben" opposite Dennis Weaver.  She did over 100 different TV shows and was in several movies throughout the 1970s.  She taught acting for three years at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York and Los Angeles, and it was here that an interest for directing developed.  Setting her acting career aside, Ms. Brickell accepted a Director Fellowship at the American Film Institute in L.A.  where she graduated with an MFA in film directing and screen writing.  To date she has written, produced, and/or directed a dozen films (which is pretty darn good).  "Little Boy Blue" from 1975 was the first one she wrote, produced and directed.

    Beth then wrote, directed, and produced "A Rainy Day" (1978) with Mariette Hartley and a very young Tracey Gold, before her "Growing Pains" days.  This film also starred Peggy Rea, who would later play Lulu Hogg many different times on the popular TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard".  Hooray for Peggy!  "Summer's End" (1984) was also written, directed, and produced by Beth.  Both of these short films won many different awards and got a lot of television airtime.  Then she directed a couple episodes of "Knots Landing".  My mom used to watch this show ALL THE TIME!  Another film, "To Tell the Truth" went under her direction in 1987.  Then there was a hiatus until 2005 with the movie "Mr. Christmas".  Currently, a couple of different film projects are in the works at Luminous Films, her production company, as of 2006.

    The rest of this biography, what you see in blue, comes completely from her official biography at Luminous Films, word for word.

Beth graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BA in political science and has been active in state and national politics. As a Field Organizer in 1988 for the Michael Dukakis for President campaign, she organized and supervised some 500 volunteers to get out the vote in 50 Beverly Hills precincts. In 1992, she organized and supervised a project that raised $250,000 for the Bill Clinton for President campaign. Also in 1992, she campaign managed Blanche Lincoln's first congressional primary victory over a 26-year incumbent in Arkansas. Lincoln is now a U.S. Senator from that state.

Another interest, newspaper writing, has resulted most notably in a 18-article front-page investigative series for the Pulitzer Prize winning "Arkansas Gazette" in Little Rock. The series, entitled "Mystery at Camden", uncovered a motive for the murder of attorney Maud Crawford, a one-time associate of U.S. Senator John L. McClennan, who disappeared in 1957 in Camden, Arkansas - an unsolved crime to this day.

Beth's civic activities have included Chair of the Director's Guild of America (DGA) Women's Steering Committee, member of the DGA Special Projects Committee, Board of Directors for Women in Film, Emmy Awards Panel for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Actors Studio-West Executive Steering Committee, and Screening Committee for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. She has been honored with membership in the Southwest theater Association Hall of Fame.

Today, she divides her time between a home in Beverly Hills and a 103-acre rural retreat west of Little Rock.

Filmography:  In progress.


The Green Hornet (1966-1967 TV Series): Episodes #13 "The Secret of the Sally Bell"

    Whether you know her by name or not, you've undoubtedly seen her somewhere on television if you watch shows from the 1960s to the 1980s.  Brickell's a great actress and she played an engaging character in this episode, Dr. Hannah Thomas.  She's not a pain like some of the women characters in the series.  In fact, she's a credit to the show.  And it's neat when she sees for herself that the Green Hornet is really one of the good guys.  I like it when she gets the hots for him!  Dr. Thomas would've made a neat recurring character.  I'm sure they could've worked a lady doctor into more storylines.

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