Jill Townsend's first appearance on TV was on Hawk, a short lived detective series starring Burt Reynolds, which aired in November of 1966. January 31, 1967 saw the airing of Jill Townsend's second television guest appearance on The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. In an episode called 'The Drublegratz Affair', Jill Townsend plays Sherilee, a young woman with a cast on her leg who happens to be at the same wintry mountaintop location where some evil-doings are happening. She shares a funny scene with co-star Noel Harrison and later gets locked in a wardrobe with Stefanie Powers and Noel Harrison. Jill Townsend's character is not heavily featured in the episode, but she does get a few opportunities to be on the screen and she does a great job with the material and time she is given.
Of course, later on in 1967 Jill Townsend would be cast in a starring role on the TV western Cimarron Strip. She would go on to do quite a few other memorable TV guest appearances over the years, not to mention a handful of film roles. However, it is quite fun to see her in this early role just prior to her achieving a greater level of fame.
Here are a few pictures of Jill Townsend on The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.:
|Jill Townsend with Stefanie Powers and Noel Harrison|