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Florida premiere features Las Vegas movie celebs
Published on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 (1:05 p.m.)
Blue Heron International Pictures announced today that Beverly Washburn, a Las Vegas-area resident and television’s first child super-star, will appear in Our Forever Friends, the company’s soon-to-be-released pet documentary.
The premiere for the feature film is set for January 26 at the Cinematique Theatre in Daytona Beach, Florida. At that time, Washburn will be honored with the company’s coveted Lifetime Achievement in Film Award, to be presented by Johnny Martino, who starred as Paulie in The Godfather.
“Beverly was the guest star on almost all of the classic television shows from the 1950’s and 1960’s,” said award-winning director Gary Lester. “We are honored to have her participation in this important documentary project.”
“She was a regular on the The New Loretta Young Show, and a guest star on such early TV shows as Playhouse 90, Dragnet, and Leave It To Beaver,” said associate producer and Las Vegas resident Ted V. Mikels. “Plus, she was cast in such great movies as Shane and Old Yeller.”
Mikels served as second unit director and cinematographer for the Las Vegas part of the shoot. Wendy O. Altmamura, also of Las Vegas, was the talent coordinator. Altamura, known professionally in Hollywood as Shanti, has starred in a number of Mikels’ horror movies.
“Beverly’s scenes in Wagon Train were with comedian Lou Costello of Abbott & Costello – his only dramatic acting role ever,” said Gary Lester. “Her own comic skills were evident when she appeared as a very young Margaret Truman with Jack Benny, and kept Jack’s audience in stitches. My kind of actress!”
Beverly’s impressive movie career also includes working with Kirk Douglas in The Juggler – the first movie filmed in the new State of Israel. However, fans at celebrity events may remember her most as Lt. Arlene Galway on Star Trek, or Lisbeth in Old Yeller.
“What a sweetheart!” said Ted V. Mikels. “Not only is she one of America’s most beloved actresses, but she also happens to be a life-long animal lover. She treats her own rescued animals as treasured family members. Beverly knows the true meaning of a forever friend.”