Beverly Garland's long and varied acting career ranged from B-movie cult stardom in the 1950s portraying gutsy characters in movies such as "Not of This Earth" and "It Conquered the World" to playing Fred MacMurray's wife on the sitcom "My Three Sons."
In a career that spanned more than 50 years and began with a supporting role in the 1950 film noir classic "D.O.A.," Garland appeared in about 40 films and scores of television shows.
Despite her reputation for doing heavy drama — including being nominated for an Emmy in 1955 for her performance as a leukemia patient in the pilot of the medical drama "Medic" — Garland was best known to many for her comedy turn in "My Three Sons." She played the second wife of MacMurray's character, widower Steve Douglas, during the last three seasons of the popular series, which aired from 1960 to 1972.
Garland also played her fair share of mothers in TV series. She was Stephanie Zimbalist's in "Remington Steele" and Kate Jackson's in "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" in the 1980s, and Teri Hatcher's in "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" in the '90s.