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Brenda Benet
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    (August 14, 1945-April 7, 1982)
    Birth name was Brenda Ann Nelson
    Acted in 'Beach Ball (1965),' 'Harum Scarum (1965),' 'Track of Thunder (1968),' 'Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973)' and 'Walking Tall (1973)'
    Portrayed Lee DuMonde Carmichael on the TV soap 'Days Of Our Lives' (1979-82)
    Married to actor Bill Bixby (1971-79)
    Committed suicide at age 36
    Because her skin complexion was darker than her siblings she irrationally believed she was adopted.
    She smoked.
    She dropped out of UCLA.
    She was twice divorced.
    She never got beyond the status of character actress.
    She killed herself by arranging candles in a circle on her bathroom floor, sitting down inside, putting a gun in her mouth and eating a bullet.
    Her mom who was born and raised in Hollywood, encouraged her show biz career, paying for acting and dancing lessons.
    She had shapely legs.
    She appeared in a topless scene in 'Walking Tall.'
    She was inconsolable when her 7-year-old son (with Bixby) died of a mysterious illness while on their skiing vacation (1981).

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