Mariette Hartley

Mariette Hartley

Jun. 21st, 1940
Born in
Weston, Connecticut, USA
5' 10

Mariette Hartley's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Dirt TV Show
The Oregon Trail TV Show
The Oregon Trail
He & She TV Show
He & She
Goodnight, Beantown TV Show
Goodnight, Beantown
Kingston: Confidential TV Show
Kingston: Confidential
To Have & To Hold TV Show
To Have & To Hold

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Mariette Hartley was born Mary Loretta, a name she dislikes, in Weston, Connecticut. She was raised in accordance with the principles espoused by her behavorial psychologist grandfather, John B. Watson, who believed that children should never be held or cuddled. She says that the lack of warmth at home is what drove her to the theatre. She studied with John Houseman (I) at the Repertory Stratford and with Eva Le Gallienne at Lucille Lortel's White Barn Theatre. It took her six years to get her first movie, Ride the High Country (1962) with Joel McCrea. She then made a series of TV appearances and sitcoms. Ultimately, she appeared with co-host Bill Beutel on "A.M. America", the the predecessor to ABC's "Good Morning America" (1975). She is most known, however, for her series of Polaroid commercials with James Garner. Mariette's father committed suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot in 1962. Her family kept it a secret for 25 years, but she eventually revealed the incident. This brought her considerable acclaim for speaking out about her devastation. She co-founded a suicide prevention foundation based her own past situation. She continues to work in the theatre and, in 2000, was hosting the syndicated "Wild About Animals" (1995). Her children, Justine E. Boyriven (b. 1978) is an actress and singer, and Sean Boyriven (b. 1975) is a film-school graduate.

  • Educated at Carnegie Tech
  • She is the grand-daughter of psychologist John Broadus Watson
  • National spokesperson for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and works assertively with many organizations that deal with mental illness. Her father, uncle and cousin all committed suicide.
  • Along with her adult son, was spokesperson for the See Clearly Method (a VHS/DVD tutorial by Vision Improvement Technologies to naturally correct impaired vision) in 2003.
  • Won an Emmy Award for her role in the memorable 1978 TV movie _"The Incredible Hulk" (1978) {Married (#2.1)}_ (qv) which co-starred the late 'Bill Bixby (I)' (qv). Hartley and Bixby worked together on the pilot episode for _"Diagnosis Murder" (1993)_ (qv) and the television series _"Goodnight, Beantown" (1983)_ (qv).
  • Mariette was not allowed to show her belly button in 'Gene Roddenberry' (qv)'s _"Star Trek" (1966)_ (qv) episode "All Our Yesterdays" (1969) due to censors. But Gene got even: he had Mariette show TWO belly buttons in _Genesis II (1973) (TV)_ (qv).
  • Is the grand niece of FDR's famous Secretary of the Interior, 'Harold L. Ickes' (qv).
  • Was the head of her high school drama department.

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