Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sheila Mathews Allen (1929-2013)

The wife of late science fiction legend Irwin Allen, actress Sheila Mathews Allen (1929-2013), passed away on Friday, November 19 at the age 84.

Folks, I don't pretend to have any great knowledge of Sheila Allen and more or less stumbled upon her passing coincidentally for another reason.  I was writing an episode of Lost In Space in which Allen appears.  She would appear in three episodes of Lost In Space - one per season.

Sheila Mathews met producer/ director Irwin Allen while filming Five Weeks In A Balloon (1962).  She also appeared in The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974).  The two married in 1974.

The two were partners in crime in both film and television on Irwin Allen's productions.  Sheila Allen appeared in Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea, The Time Tunnel, Land Of The Giants and City Beneath The Sea.

To Lost In Space fans Allen is remembered for her appearance in the impressive Return From Outer Space (Season One), but perhaps more notably for her big role in The Space Vikings (Season Two) and Princess Of Space (Season Three).  She also appeared in American favorite The Waltons.

We offer our thoughts and prayers.

Note the third and final auto image is in full color from her appearance in the black and white Return From Outer Space.

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