Who is Nita Talbot?

Anita Sokol, professionally known as Nita Talbot, is a retired actress perhaps best recognized for her roles in the TV series “Hogan’s Heroes”, “Here We Go Again,” and “Supertrain”. Her notable movie credits include “Who’s Got the Action”, “Fraternity Vacation”, and “Fugitive”. She was born under the Zodiac sign Lion on 8 August 1930 in New York City, USA. As of 2021, she is 91 years old and holds American nationality. She is of Russian descent.

Early life and family

Nita was born into a family of entertainers and raised alongside her one-year older sister, Gloria Stone who was also a model and actress best known for her appearances in the TV series “It Takes Two”. In addition to her movie roles, she also came into the limelight for her marriage to the famous actor Carl Benz and later David Stone Martin.

Her sister, Gloria, began her career as a model, and Nita followed in her footsteps, landing minor local gigs in New York.

Unfortunately, Gloria passed away in 2014 at the age of 85.

Career

Nita kicked off her acting career at the age of 19 with a minor role, appearing in the comedy-drama movie “Always Leave Them Laughing”. Nita has over 50 credits under her belt.

She continued with small roles, making appearances in the films such as “Caged”, “This Side of Law”, and “On Dangerous Ground”. In 1952 she made her TV debut portraying Nicki in an episode of the sci-fi series “Tales of Tomorrow”.

She landed her next role three years later as Mary in the musical remake “Bundle of Joy” followed by her one-episode appearance in the anthology series “Climax”. The following period she juggled between one-episode appearances and movie roles, which include “I Married A Woman”, “Who’s Got The Action?”, and several TV series, including “Mr. Adams and Eve”, “Gunsmoke”, and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”.

Nita continued building her profile portraying different characters in numerous popular series, including “Maverick”, “The Man from Blackhawk”, and “The Untouchables”. After starring in the musical romantic comedy “Girl Happy”, she appeared in two other movies, “A Very Special Favor” and “That Funny Feeling”.

Rise to Stardom- Hogan’s Heroes

In 1966 she scooped the recurring role as spy Marya in the sitcom set in the Nazi German prisoner-of-war during World War II. Sharing the screen with Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, and John Banner, Nita appeared in seven episodes.

The show ran for seven seasons until 1971, receiving a lot of success, nominations, and awards. Nita’s portrayal of Marya did not go unnoticed, and she received her first nomination for Emmy Award in the category for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Her other roles

After gaining recognition with her role in the “Hogan’s Heroes”, she continued landing other opportunities, appearing in the “The Cool Ones”, “Bonanza”, and “Love, American Style”.

Her other notable one-episode appearances from the ‘70s include “Bewitched”, “Mannix”, and “The Partridge Family”. Following her portrayal of Madam Esther in the Western movie ”Buck and the Preacher”, she landed the role as Judy Evans in the sitcom “Here we Go Again”, appearing in thirteen episodes. However, the show was not well-received and was canceled after the first season aired. Her other movie credits include “The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery”, “The Day of the Locust”, and “Serial”.

Regarding her TV roles, she continued making one-episode appearances in the shows such as “Kolchak: The Night Stalker”, “Police Woman”, “Hawaii Five-O”. In 1977 she portrayed the recurring character Sheila Fine in the sitcom “Soap”, followed by her appearance in the “Charlie’s Angels” and “Supertrain”.

Nita Talbot

Her next recurring role came in 1981; she portrayed Delfina in the daytime soap opera “General Hospital” and also made movie appearances in the “Night Shift” and “The Concrete Island”.

After starring in the slasher horror movie as Mrs. Rohmer, she appeared in the exploitation movie “Chained Heat” and the sex comedy film “Fraternity Vacation”. In 1989 she had a minor role in the made-for-TV movie, “Jake Spanner, Private Eye”, followed by the one-episode appearances in the TV series such as “Gabriel’s Fire”, “Empty Nest”, and “Pig Sty”. Her last role was in 1977 when she voiced the businesswoman Anastacia Hardy in the series “Spider-Man: The Animated Series”, which ran for four seasons.

Personal life

The actress was married twice. She said her first “I Do” at the age of 25 on 9 September 1954 to the four-year senior actor Don Gordon, best known for his roles in the “Papillon”, “The Towering Inferno”, and “The Mack”. The marriage was not meant for the long run, and they divorced on 11 April 1959.

Two years later, she married another actor Thomas A. Geas with whom she had one child, a daughter named Nichole Andrea Geas. This marriage as well fell apart. However, the exact date of their divorce is unknown. Following the dissolution of marriage to Thomas, she has not been linked to anyone else.

What did she do after exiting from Hollywood?

While most of the celebrities have a contingency plan after they exit from the entertainment business, interestingly, it appears that Nita did not.

After her last voice role, she completetly vanished from Hollywood as she has not been seen in public and has not attended any of the red carpets events. It is speculated that the actress had enough of public life and wanted to go under the radar after having spent over 40 years gracing the screen. After all, she was 67 when she took on the voice role of Anastacia Hardy. Interestingly, it seems that her daughter also enjoys the perks of a private life away from the prying eyes, which is unusual for children of celebrities who generally embrace and adore attention and fame.

Physical stats

Nita is 5ft 8ins tall (174cm) and weighs around 127lbs (58kgs). Even though she is best recognized as a blonde, her natural hair is brown, while her eyes are blue.

An interesting detail- when she began modeling, she used the alias Ginger Gray because she did not like her real name, Anita.

In an interview, she explained how she came up with the name Nita Talbot, she said: ”I took it (Ginger Gray) because I was nicknamed Ginger. When I became kind of a model, they said: “it’s a terrible name and you gotta change it”. Ginger Gray sounds like a stripper name so we fooled around with names, reverted back to the real one, took off the A and kinda went with it.”

Would you like to know her net worth?

Her estimated net worth is around $4 million, which she acquired through her four-decades-spanning career.

Is she active on social media?

It appears that Nita Talbot is not a fan of social media and hence does not use Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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