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Kathleen Marie Allison "Kathy" Garver (born December 13, 1945) is an Americanmarker television, screen, voice-over and character actress of stage, most widely known for playing Brian Keith's teenaged niece, Catherine "Cissy" Davis, on the popular 1960s sitcom, Family Affair. Before that, she was one of the slaves in The Ten Commandments.

Early life

Garver was born in Long Beachmarker, Californiamarker, and is the daughter of Rosemary and Hayes Gilbert Garver. When she was 9, she tried her hand at acting, hence, she was cast in I'll Cry Tomorrow, but her most famous movie role was that of one of the young slaves in The Ten Commandments, and began acting ever since.

Between the mid-1950s and mid-1960s, little Garver began to work with some of the most prolific television stars in Hollywoodmarker such as: Marvin Miller, Chuck Connors, Peter Graves, Scott Forbes, Dan O'Herlihy, a young Kurt Russell, Fess Parker, Vince Edwards, Richard Chamberlain, Patty Duke, Anne Lockhart, and James Franciscus. She also worked with another Hollywoodmarker legend, Brian Keith, who would star with Garver in Family Affair.

She entered Pacific Arts High School in San Leandro, Californiamarker and stayed there until graduation in 1964. Around the time, she entered UCLAmarker, majoring in speech and drama, until her graduation in 1968, while acting.


While studying, Garver auditioned and won the role of Uncle Bill's teenaged niece, Catherine "Cissy" Davis, the eldest sibling on the original TV series Family Affair, for CBS in 1966. Garver, who'd been a fan of Keith's since she was 10 years old and had guest-starred on Crusader, a television series he had starred in. That one guest-role paid off and Keith himself was impressed to see her grow up and become the amazing young lady that she was. She also enjoyed the wonderful on- and off-screen chemistry with Keith. She would continue playing that role until its cancellation in 1971.

She continue to keep in touch or visit Keith until his suicide on June 24, 1997, where she attended the funeral, alongside, Johnny Whitaker, the other surviving cast member of the series. Garver and Whitaker were reunited when they both appeared in the Christmas episode of the later revival of Family Affair. She guest starred on numerous television series, including ABC's short-lived The Bing Crosby Show in the 1964-1965 season. Garver also provided the voice of Firestar on the Saturday morning cartoon Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. She also voiced Storm, as well as other female guest characters. In the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon series, she played the voice of Miss America. Incidentally, Garver's Family Affair co-star, Brian Keith, provided the voice of Uncle Ben Parker on the aforementioned Spider-Man series from the 1990s.

Garver was a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women at UCLAmarker. She lives in Hillsborough, Californiamarker, with her husband David and son Reid. On June 26, 2008, both she & Whitaker attended the Hollywood Walk of Famemarker ceremony when Brian Keith was awarded a star posthumously; Garver gave a speech on his behalf.



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Further reading

Garver, Kathy and Mark, Geoffrey, The Family Affair Cookbook, published by BearManor Media 2009. ISBN 1-59393-458-0.

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