Kim Darby is an American actress best known for her role as Mattie Ross in the 1969 film True Grit. She was born on July 8, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of professional dancers Joan and John Darby. She has two older sisters, Debbie and Dana. Darby began her career as a child model and appeared in a number of commercials before making her film debut in The Happiest Millionaire in 1967. She went on to star in a number of films and television shows throughout her career, including The Young Runaways, The Dunwich Horror, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Darby has been married three times and has two daughters. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Date Of Birth
July 8, 1947
Jack La Rue, Jr., James Westmoreland, William Tennant, James Stacy
Inga Wiere, Jon Zerby
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, Primetime Emmy Award For Outstanding Single Performance By A Supporting Actress In A Comedy Or Drama Series
True Grit, Better Off Dead, The Strawberry Statement, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The Grissom Gang, Teen Wolf Too, Rich Man, Poor Man, Norwood, Bye Bye Birdie, Mockingbird Don't Sing, The One and Only, The People, Generation, Flatbed Annie and Sweetie Pie: Lad...
The April 1, 1970, issue of Variety reported that the movie Big Sur, formerly called Unexpected Things, would star Kim Darby. Director to be Arnold Schulman. No evidence the film was ever completed or distributed.
While her parents were performing at The Carousel Club in Dallas, Texas, she was babysat by the owner of the club, Jack Ruby.
Film acting and directing classes were mandated for all film students in the Entertainment Studies Department at UCLA, where she taught for 15 years (1990-2004).
Gives seminars in acting and directing at film schools and universities. Taught film acting and directing at UCLA for 17 years.
The daughter of dancers Jon Zerby and Inga Wiere, who were known as The Dancing Zerbys, a successful nightclub act in the 1940s and 1950s.
While her parents, The Dancing Zerbys, were appearing in a Las Vegas showroom, she made her debut at the age of three, when the comedian introduced her on stage one night as the "manager" of the show. She kept the role and stayed in the act until she was old enough to go to school.