Bobbie Faye Ferguson, an actress whose credits include Designing Women, Dallas and The Dukes of Hazzard, has died at 78. Multiple news reports said she died June 25 of natural causes in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Born on Oct. 10, 1943, in Memphis, she grew up in Eudora, AR, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She is the mother of The Conners actor Jay R. Ferguson.
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Bobbie Faye Ferguson was Teacher of the Year in Little Rock, where she taught history at McClellan High School, and she later moved to Dallas, where she taught speech and debate at Skyline High School and was one of the founding members and acting teachers at the KD Studio.
That experience led to TV credits including The Dukes of Hazzard, The Fall Guy, Remington Steele and recurring roles on Dallas, Designing Women, Evening Shade and Hearts Afire. She also taught acting at the LA Film Actor’s Lab.
She started NASA’s multimedia program in Washington, D.C., and would later serve in the same position for the Department of Homeland Security in Los Angeles. She also was a NASA consultant on the 2000 film Space Cowboys, starring Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner.
Survivors include her son, daughter-in-law, three grandsons, two brothers, a sister-in-law, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at noon August 20, in Los Angeles. Donations can be made in her name to: Los Angeles Mission https://losangelesmission.org/ways-to-give/
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