Gail Kobe

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Gail Kobe
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Kobe in 1959
Gabriella Joyce Kobe [1]

(1932-03-19)March 19, 1932 [2]
DiedAugust 1, 2013(2013-08-01) (aged 81)
Resting placeRiverlawn Cemetery, Marysville, Michigan
Occupation Actress, television producer
Years active1955–1988
Spouse(s)Richard I. Kramer (April 26, 1957–?)
Edward S. Lees (1971–1972; divorced)

Gail Kobe (March 19, 1932 [2] – August 1, 2013) was an American actress and television producer.


Early career

Kobe was born Gabriella Joyce Kobe in Hamtramck in Wayne County in southeastern Michigan to Benjamin and Theresa Kobe. She had one sister, Beatrice Kobe Adamski, who predeceased her. Kobe graduated from UCLA earning a fine arts degree in theatre and dance. [3]

During the 1950s and 1960s, Kobe made guest appearances on Highway Patrol ("The Search"), The Californians , The Rebel , Mackenzie's Raiders , Blue Light , Felony Squad , Ironside , The Outer Limits , Richard Diamond, Private Detective , The Fugitive , Bourbon Street Beat , Maverick , M Squad (four episodes), Whirlybirds, Perry Mason, Hogan's Heroes , The Twilight Zone ("In His Image", "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross", "A World of Difference"), Dr. Kildare , Empire , Gunsmoke , Cheyenne , Daniel Boone , Mission: Impossible , The Untouchables , Have Gun – Will Travel , The Mod Squad, Trackdown , The Alfred Hitchcock Hour , and Mannix . In 1962, she portrayed Dr. Louise Amadon in the episode "A Woman's Place" on Rawhide , about a woman doctor's struggles against stereotypes in the Old West, Combat as Francouis.

On February 17, 1959, Kobe was cast in the episode "Disaster Town" of the series Rescue 8 in the role of Ellen Mason, a mother looking for her son in a western ghost town.

Kobe was cast as Penny Adams in four episodes of the 1957–1959 CBS western series, Trackdown , with Robert Culp as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman. She also appeared in two other Trackdown episodes as other characters.

In the series, Laramie , Kobe played a saloon girl in the episode "Gun Duel" (aired December 25, 1962).

Kobe had a six-month role in 1965 as Doris Schuster on TV's Peyton Place .

Kobe also appeared on daytime television in the NBC serial Bright Promise as Ann Boyd Jones (1970–1972). [4]

Later career

Kobe began to work behind the camera as supervising producer and associate producer on such daytime programs as CBS's The Edge of Night and NBC's Return to Peyton Place . From 1981–82, its final year on the air, Kobe became executive producer of the NBC soap opera, Texas . From 1983 to May 1986, she was the executive producer of CBS's Guiding Light (for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award) and then served as a producer on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful from its debut in 1987 through the early 1990s. [ citation needed ]

Kobe was a member of St. Louis Church. She volunteered many hours to Eisenhower Medical Center and the Palm Springs Art Museum while she lived in Palm Springs. While she resided at the Motion Picture Television Fund Home in Woodland Hills, California, she organized the program, We've Got Mail, which airs on cable Channel 22.


In 2008, a Golden Palm Star on the Walk of Stars was dedicated in Kobe's honor. [5]


For the last two years of her life, the twice-married Kobe resided at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, where she died on August 1, 2013, aged 81, from undisclosed causes. [6]


1955 East of Eden StudentUncredited
1956 The Ten Commandments Pretty Slave Girl
1956 Highway Patrol Susan KeefeEpisode: "The Search"
1957-1958 Trackdown Penny Adams / Cindy / Beth Waislip6 episodes
1958 Gunsmoke in Tucson Katy Porter
1958-1964 Perry Mason Gertrude Lewis / Margo - Drake's Secretary2 episodes
1960 Tales of Wells Fargo Kate BrownEpisode: "The Late Mayor Brown"
1963 The Virginian Ruth FerrisEpisode: "Run Quiet"

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  1. Funeral info re Kobe,; accessed February 26, 2014.
  2. 1 2 Some sources have cited 1929 or 1931 as possible years of birth, but U.S. census records indicate 1932, and 1972 California divorce records from her husband, Edward S. Lees clearly states 1932 as her year of birth
  3. According to the 1940 United States census records, her name is listed as "Gabriella Kobe" and her age is eight years old, indicating 1932 year of birth; it is unclear if her parents, listed as Benjamin and Theresa Kobe, changed their apparent original surname (Kieliszewski) before the census, or if they adopted the name at some other time.
    Source Information: California, Divorce Index, 1966–1984 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: State of California. California Divorce Index, 1966–1984. Microfiche. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
  4. "Bright Promise | TV Guide". Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  5. Palm Springs Walk of Stars by date dedicated
  6. Gail Kobe obituary,; September 22, 2013; accessed February 26, 2014.