Happy Birthday, Janice Whitby!
(above) Janice scores a victory for peace, as she joins other members of The Golddiggers entertaining U.S. troops during Bob Hope’s 1970 USO Tour.
(below) Jan in her human guise as Katy, the “fembot” creation of John Houseman’s evil Dr. Franklin (left), in the 1976 “Kill Oscar” trilogy of episodes that spanned both The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman programs.
Baby boomers scared silly in the ’70s seeing the shocking mechanical visage of Katy The Fembot on episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman no doubt take delight in the delicious irony that Janice Whitby, the beautiful actress who played the role of Katy, was actually born on Halloween.
But like our other recent famous birthday celebrant, Jayne Kennedy, Janice’s first regular professional job in front of the cameras came as a member of a very glamorous sisterhood — in Jan’s case, as one of Dean Martin’s Golddiggers. She went on to guest star on quite a few TV series and appear in a number of motion pictures; and even though cult sci-fi fans may still be haunted by her stint as a fembot fatale, everyone who knows Janice knows that in real life, she couldn’t be a sweeter, gentler, lovelier gal.
Happy Birthday, Jan, and Many, Many More.
If you’d like to send your own birthday greetings to Janice Whitby, as well as read more about her life and career, be sure to visit her dedicated fan site, created by Mark Fornale…
…as well as her Facebook fan page:
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