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Morgan-Brittany
Morgan Brittany
General Information
Birth Name: Suzanne Cupito
Born: (1951-12-05) December 5, 1951 (age 65)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Vitals
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1957-present
Appeared on/in
(or involved with):
Dallas (first series)
Appeared as: Katherine Wentworth

Morgan Brittany (born December 5, 1951) played the part of Katherine Wentworth the scheming younger half-sister of Pamela Ewing and Cliff Barnes on the CBS-TV series Dallas.

Life and careerEdit

Early child careerEdit

Morgan was born Suzanne Cupito in Hollywood, CA. She began her career as a child in a 1957 television special called Playhouse 90. She followed that up with her first of three Twilight Zone episode appearances. She starred in the 1962 film Gypsy, as Baby June.

She then appeared uncredited in the birthday party scene and the scene at the school house in the 1963 film The Birds. In 1963, she played the role of Winter Night in the episode "Incident of the Hostages" on CBS's Rawhide.

In 1964, Morgan also appeared as a blind girl called Minerva Gordon in a two-part episode of The Outer Limits entitled "The Inheritors" with actor Robert Duvall. Cupito appeared in the final episode of the TV western series Branded in 1966, playing the role of an orphaned girl named "Kellie" in an episode of the same name. She was part of the ensemble cast in the 1968 film, Yours, Mine and Ours, with film co-stars Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda. She was also in the season 8, episode 1 of The Andy Griffith Show titled "Opie's First Love" as Mary Alice.

By age 18, Cupito changed her name to Morgan Brittany, and then appeared with Gene Kelly in his Las Vegas show, Gene Kelly's Wonderful World of Girls, as a dancer. She then moved to New York City where she modeled for The Ford Modeling Agency, and appeared in several TV commercials and print ads (including a three-year stint as "The Ultra Brite Toothpaste Girl"), and was spokesmodel for brands such as L'Oreal, Ford, Levi's and Camay. In 1974, she was hired by the Japanese cosmetics company Kanebo to be the "face" of their product "Ireine", and so moved to Tokyo for two and 1/2 years.[citation needed] In 1976, she returned to the U.S. and restarted her acting career.

In 1976, Brittany portrayed actress Vivien Leigh in the biopic Gable and Lombard, the first of three occasions on which she would do so.[1] That was followed by "movies of the week" and episodic television series, such as The Initiation of Sarah with Kay Lenz and Shelley Winters, The Amazing Howard Hughes with Tommy Lee Jones, and LBJ: The Early Years with Randy Quaid. She also starred in a feature/pilot Stunt Seven with Christopher Lloyd, Patrick MacNee, and Elke Sommer.

In 1980, while filming an episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, Brittany met her future husband, stuntman Jack Gill.[2]

Role as Katherine Wentworth on "Dallas"Edit

She appeared again as Leigh in the climax of the made-for-TV movie, The Scarlett O'Hara War in 1980, which marked the second of her three portrayals of Leigh.[3] This caught the attention of the producers of Dallas, who were searching for an actress to play the sister of Pamela Ewing, Katherine Wentworth.[2] Brittany debuted on Dallas in the 1981-1982 season. Her starring role as the conninving sister of Pamela Ewing and Cliff Barnes continued for several seasons. In 1985, she returned for a cameo in that season's finale where she killed Bobby Ewing by running him over with a car. In a 1987 episode, after it was revealed that the previous season had been a dream, Brittany made a final brief return to the show, in which Katherine visited Pam in the hospital after a car accident. After her disappearance with Pam, Brittany went on to do other television shows and films.

Morgan has guest starred on other shows, including Married... with Children, Murder, She Wrote, The Nanny, and [[Wikipedia;Melrose Place|Melrose Place. In film, she starred in the cult classic Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat with David Carradine, John Ireland, and Bruce Campbell.

Personal lifeEdit

Brittany married stuntman Jack Gill in 1981. They are the parents of actress Katie Gill and musician/stuntman Cody Gill.[4]

During the 1980s, Morgan was a national ambassador for the March of Dimes. She traveled the United States raising funds and bringing awareness to the prevention of birth defects. She participated in the Congressional "Walk" in Washington, D.C., with such members of the House of Representatives as its then Speaker, Representative Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill Jr., a Massachusetts Democrat. Her time with the March of Dimes lasted two decades, and during her involvement she was invited to the White House in 1986 with Ronald Reagan and again with Bill Clinton. Brittany splits her time between Southern California and Atlanta, Georgia.

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