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remembered for her starring role as “Cissy” in the long running CBS
international television hit, “Family Affair”, Kathy Garver has also garnered
critical acclaim in movies, stage, radio, voice-over animation, and audio book
Ms. Garver has used
her wealth of experience and education to entertain and instruct thousands of
people with her exciting and successful motivational and interactive speeches
From Keynote speaker
to host to workshop leader, Kathy Garver has enriched the lives of those who
have been able to listen and learn from her inspirational communications.
Cecil B. DeMille was one of the first to recognize Kathy’s distinct
talents. Originally hired for a small
part in the epic motion picture “The Ten Commandments”, Kathy was noticed by
the great director who had special scenes written into the movie to highlight
the little girl. This followed her first
film, The Night of the Hunter directed by Academy Award winner, Charles
Kathy was in born in
Long Beach, California to Hayes and Rosemary Garver joining her sister,
Beverly, and brothers, Hayes, Jr. and Lance.
Beverly entered UCLA at a precocious 15 years old at the time Kathy
started working professionally. During
Ms. Garver’s teenage years, Kathy added radio and stage to her burgeoning film
and television career.
Ms. Garver was a
freshman majoring in speech at UCLA when she was tested for a television series
entitled Family Affair. Kathy, deemed
“perfect” to star as “Cissy” with Brian Keith as “Uncle Bill” and Sebastian
Cabot as “Mr. French” performed for five years in one of the warmest and most
enduring series of the 1960’s and 70’s.
With Anissa Jones as “Buffy” and Johnny Whitaker as “Jody” the show
continues to be popular today pleasing old and new audiences world wide – a
such as Best Actress from the “Family Television Awards” Kathy continues her
award winning presence by securing the Golden Halo Award and the Emerald Award
for her lifetime achievement in the entertainment world.
Filming Family Affair
demanded a lot from Kathy: “Brian Keith only worked for about half the
production schedule so the rest of us would have to film scenes from as many as
six different episodes in one day”, she recalls. “I actually had to do most of my close ups
opposite the assistant director, a paunchy middle aged man glued to a cigar. I
had to use a lot of imagination to see him as my six year old sister, Buffy!”
Affair”, Kathy starred in an Israeli musical stage version of the TV series,
having to learn Hebrew phonetically for her role. Later, she continued her dramatic studies at
London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she portrayed Juliet
in Romeo and Juliet. Dramatic and
comedic productions in the states followed including starring roles in My Fair
Lady, Sunday in New York, A Midsummer’s Night Dream and the Trojan Women. Ms.
Garver retuned to UCLA to earn a Master’s Degree in Theater Arts.
With the famed
impresario James Doolittle of the James Doolittle Theater in Los Angeles, nee
the Huntington Hartford Theater, Kathy appeared in and produced with Mr.
Doolittle many traveling stage productions, “Vanities”, being just one of their
Today Kathy Garver is
an accomplished and versatile actress, appearing in such films as Sweet
November, The Princess Diaries, MOW'S such as FBI Murders and Stay the Night
with Guest Star roles on many TV shows.
She is a sought after celebrity on Game shows, winning top money for
charities as she did on “Street Smarts” and other reality programs.
Kathy is also very
much in demand for her numerous vocal characterizations. She’s a stand out in the very competitive
field of voices overs for cartoons, commercials, toys and audio books. She
voiced, “Pepper" an automotive whiz in the Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos
series and “Firestar”, a mutant super hero in the Spiderman and his Amazing
Friends TV series. Ms. Garver produced,
narrated and wrote lyrics and original music for eight audio Beatrix Potter
tales and eight Mother Goose based audiotapes for Smarty Pants, Inc. Kathy’s Beatrix Potter tapes have sold over
two million copies and have won numerous awards. Ms Garver has also won two Audie Awards, one
for her narration of The Worlds Shortest Stories, the other in 2004 for her
direction of Amy Tan in The Opposite of Fate read by the author. Kathy has
recorded books for Brilliance Audio, Dove, Listen and Live and can be
downloaded at the Timberwolfpress.com site.
Her voice has been heard in Apollo 13 (which was awarded the Academy
Award for sound), Ransom, Back Draft and Jingle all the Way, all directed by
Kathy has electrified
the talk show circuit entertaining audiences with tales of her life long career
in show business. She’s chatted with
Geraldo, Sally Jesse, Mary Hart, Maury Povich and many more. Some of the lively
discussion centers on the modern woman juggling marriage, career, and family
all handled with laughter and aplomb.
Kathy now has her own family affair. She met her husband of 24 years, business
executive David Travis, on a tennis court in Palm Springs – truly a love
match. Their son Reid Garver Travis, now
14, continues the tradition of show business by appearing in national
commercials, TV, movies and by doing voice overs.
Having served on the
board of the Young People's Committee of the Screen Actors Guild and as a
volunteer for Book Pals, Kathy has used her experience to help guide new actors
in the business. She is also in
involved in such charities as Child Help (which aids abused children) Rose Resnick
Light House for the Blind and Make a Wish Foundation.
Appearing with Tim
Curry in the remake of Family Affair Kathy helped guide the production. She is now involved in doing the wrap a
rounds for the release of the classic Family Affair on DVD.
Ms. Garver appears at
gatherings, luncheons and conventions to give motivational speeches about “The
Power of Perseverance” and “Speak Clearly to Communicate Richly”. She is also in great demand for appearances,
autograph shows and promotions through out the country.
“Tinker Dust” productions with Ron Bruggel and Margaret Kerry (Tinker Bell),
“Dine with Celebrities" events have been set up around the country to
provide fun and festive events for country clubs, corporate clients and to
garner money for various charities - multiple sclerosis being one of the major
beneficiaries. She also produces the
Eddie May Comedy Murder Mysteries Dinner theater events, primarily in Northern
California, but she says, “Have Show, will Travel!” Kathy also performs her own inter active
one-woman show “Streaks and Tips” on Cruises and at other venues.
Having majored in
speech at UCLA, Kathy teaches speech, diction, narration, ADR and how to voice
audio books and toys in San Francisco at Voice One Studios, Santa Rosa at
American Eagle Studios, LA at MJ Lallo Studios, and other cities throughout the
doesn’t suffer from the sometimes-exaggerated maladies common to former child
actors. “The hardest thing is being accepted as some one who has depth,” she
says. “Fortunately my parents stressed education and normalcy all through my
childhood and during my Family Affair days. In learning to think and work
independently, I firmly believe in hoisting ones own sails.
For all her
accomplishments and future plans, it seems Kathy's sails will be billowing in
some very favorable waters for quite some time.
Kathy is available
for corporate events, hosting, emceeing, moderating groups, giving lectures,
workshops, key note addresses and tailoring specific programs for the needs of
her clients. She includes workbooks and
takes home audio albums for her clients and audience members.
Please contact Kathy
at (650) 579-3742 to book an event, but give her enough advance notice as she
books up quickly!