Kathy Garver

Kathy Garver

Dec. 13th, 1945
Born in
Long Beach, California, USA
5' 1"

Kathy Garver's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Family Affair (1966) TV Show
Family Affair (1966)
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends TV Show
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos TV Show
Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters TV Show
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
New Love, American Style TV Show
New Love, American Style

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Kathy Garver was born in Long Beach, California on 13 December 1945. The daughter of Hayes George Garver and Rosemary Garver and the youngest of 4 children (2 brothers & 1 older sister). She attended Pacific Arts High School in 1962 and graduated in 1966. The same year, she attended UCLA and graduated in 1970. Her debut in film was I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955) at age 10, but her break-through performance came as one of the young slaves in The Ten Commandments (1956).

Her big moment on television was as the teenage niece of Uncle Bill Davis named Cissy Davis on "Family Affair" (1966). After the show ended in 1971, she went to Israel to do the Stage rendition of the same CBS-TV Show in Tel Aviv in 1971. In 1972, she went to London, England, to do Stage Shows and this led to an appearance on "The David Frost Show" (1969) and "Coronation Street" (1960) for 2 days only. She met David Travis in 1976 where Wimbledon played that year on NBC Sports where he worked on the coverage, and they were married on January 17, 1981, and had a son, Reid in 1991, named after actor Tim Reid (I). Through her 50-year career in show business, she survived and conquered triumph through tragedy, just like the TV character she portrayed, Cissy Davis, big sister of twin children: Buffy & Jody Davis ("Family Affair" (1966)).

  • President of the Family Affair foundation which provides reading companions to the elderly and at risk youth.
  • She was the Hollywood Deb Star of 1967.
  • Father is of French-Irish descent and mother is of Swiss-Austrian descent.
  • The Audie Award (for excellence in audio recording) was given to Kathy as a narrator (World's Greatest Short Stories) and director (Amy Tan in The Opposite of Fate). She has recorded more than 30 audio books.
  • Awarded the Golden Halo award for excellence in the entertainment field.
  • Daughter of Hayes Gilbert Garver, Sr. & Rosemary Garver.
  • Youngest sister of Beverly Garver. Sister of Hayes Gilbert Garver, Jr. & Lance Garver.

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