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Fay Spain | Biography

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  • Full Name Lona Fay Spain
  • Nickname Fay Spain
  • Occupation Actress
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Birth Date Oct 06, 1932
  • Age 89 Years, 3 Months
American Actress in the 1974 film 'The Godfather: Part II'

Fay Spain | Biography

Debuted in the 1957 Action Drama Film 'Dragstrip Girl'

As a result of the column, she received a call from Columbia Pictures. However, after meeting with her, the company did not offer her a contract, stating that she was not photogenic enough for Hollywood. However, she would later prove them wrong when she was named ‘1956 WAMPAS Baby Stars’ in October 1955. 


Fay Spain was an American actress best known for her role as Mrs. Marcia Roth in the 1974 film The Godfather: Part II.

Who is Fay Spain?

Fay Spain was born Lona Fay Spain in Phoenix, Arizona, on 6 October 1932 to Arminta Frances Cochran and R.C. Spain. Before starting her acting career, Spain worked in a tie shop where one of the gossip columnists, Walter Winchell’s legmen, met her and was impressed enough to mention her in Winchell’s column. 

As a result of the column, she received a call from Columbia Pictures. However, after meeting with her, the company did not offer her a contract, stating that she was not photogenic enough for Hollywood. However, she would later prove them wrong when she was named ‘1956 WAMPAS Baby Stars’ in October 1955. 

After the recognition, she got her first acting gig in the television series Big Town within a month. In 1956, she guest-starred on television series like The NBC Comedy HourWarner Brothers Presents, and Cheyenne before appearing as a B-Movie actress contestant in the comedy quiz series You Bet Your Life. She later guest-starred in numerous television series, including Cheyenne in 1956, Dragnet in 1956, Perry Mason in 1958, The Fugitive in 1965, and Gunsmoke between 1957 and 1967.

She debuted in the 1957 action drama film Dragstrip Girl, alongside Steven Terrell and John Ashley. In Dragstrip Girl, she starred as Louise Blake, a girl who loves hot cars and rich guys racing cars. In 1957, she also appeared in three other films The AbductorsTeenage Doll, and The Crooked Circle

In 1958, she played Darlin’ Jill in the comedy-drama film God’s Little Acre, adapted from Erskine Caldwell’s best-selling 1933 novel of the same name. Her other film credits included Al Capone (1959), The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960), Hercules and the Captive Women (1961), Black Gold (1962), Thunder Island (1963), Flight to Fury (1964), and The Godfather: Part II (1974). The last acting credit she appeared in was an uncredited role as Marcia Roth in the 1977 television mini-series The Godfather Saga, per her IMDb.

Spouse

Spain had been married four times. She was first married to screenwriter and actor John Falvo from 27 January 1952 until their divorce on 6 January 1958. They had one son named Jock, born in 1954.

Falvo was born John Gerard Lazaro in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 30 November 1928. He was known for writing credits in films like Hawaiian EyeCheckmateBlack Saddle, and Johnny Ringo. After parting ways with Spain, Falvo married actress Nancy Hadley on 6 February 1959 and welcomed three children together. However, they also got divorced in December 1971. On 4 April 1990, he died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California.

After divorcing Falvo, Spain married Los Angeles-based abstract painter, illustrator, and art instructor John Altoon on 30 January 1959 in Hollywood Unitarian Church. The couple spent their honeymoon in Reno, Nevada. They had a remodeled home in the San Fernando Valley of California. Their marriage also ended with a divorce on 1 March 1962.

Born in 1925, Altoon made a strong impression on the Los Angeles art community of the 1950s and 1960s. He was a member of a contemporary art gallery, Ferus Gallery. He frequently used his dreams and fantasies to create paintings, illustrations, and prints of undisguised satires, personal nightmares, and unlikely sexual situations. He also contributed art for several record album covers. He died in 1969.

Spain was married to his third husband Imo Ughini from 1965 to 1966 and fourth husband Philip Fulmer Westbrook Jr. from 1968 until she died in 1983.

Cause of Death

Spain died of Lymphatic cancer in Los Angeles at age 50 on 8 May 1983. Her body was buried at West Klickitat Cemetery District No. 1 in White Salmon, Klickitat County, Washington. 

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