Abby Dalton, Star of ‘Falcon Crest’ and ‘Joey Bishop Show,’ Dies at 88

Abby Dalton, Star of ‘Falcon Crest’ and ‘Joey Bishop Show,’ Dies at 88
Abby Dalton, the soap opera star known for her roles on the primetime shows “Falcon Crest” and “The Joey Bishop Show,” died at her home in Los Angeles. She was 88 years old.

The specific cause of Dalton’s death is not confirmed.

“Emmy-nominated actress Abby Dalton passed away this past week,” representatives said in a statement. “Described as beautiful, generous and glamorous, Abby was terrific at off-the-cuff humor. She leaves behind her husband of 60 years, Jack D. Smith and their three children, Matthew, Kathleen and John. She is also survived by her grandchildren Mac, Jack, Ayden Grace and the newest member of the family, her great grandson, Mathias.”

Born Gladys Marlene Wasden in Las Vegas, Dalton’s career in television began in 1957 and spanned over 50 years. She was best known for her role as winery heiress Julia Cumson in the ’80s drama “Falcon Crest.” In that role, Dalton played opposite actress Jane Wyman,
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