‘Family Affair’ survivor to speak in River North
Loop North News

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10-Nov-15 – She is one of the last two survivors of a television family that included an English butler, a wealthy bachelor, and two six-year-old orphaned twins.

Photo by Anthony Mongiello Kathy Garver (left) will be in River North to talk about her acting career on November 21 at Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Garver played 15-year-old Cissy, the older sister of six-year-old twins Jody and Buffy, on Family Affair, which ran for five seasons, 1966 to 1971. The show also featured Brian Keith, who died in 1997, Sebastian Cabot, who died in 1977, and Anissa Jones, who died in 1976. Only Garver, age 69, and Johnny Whitaker, age 55, remain.


(Above) The cast of Family Affair. (Left to right) Jones, Keith, Garver, Cabot, and Whitaker. (Click on image to view larger version.)

She has guest starred in other television series, including The Patty Duke Show, The Rifleman, and Matlock. Before she appeared in television, she was cast as a slave in the film The Ten Commandments.

Chicago television personality Paul Lisnek will moderate a discussion, followed by a book signing. Garver is promoting her memoir, Surviving Cissy: My Family Affair of Life in Hollywood.

“Discussing my new book and showing clips of my lifetime career brings me close to my friends and fans who love classic stars and realize their importance in the fabric of our culture,” says Garver.

A pendant necklace worn by Garver in an episode of Family Affair is displayed at the museum.

Top photo by Anthony Mongiello.

By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News | sdahlman@loopnorth.com


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