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Gail Fisher

  • Birthplace: Orange, New Jersey
  • Birthday: August 18
Date of passing: 
December 02, 2000

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Gail Fisher was an American actress.

Fisher was best known for playing the role of secretary Peggy Fair on the television detective series Mannix from 1968 through 1975, making her one of the first African-American women to play a substantive role in American television.

She first appeared on Mannix during its second season, when Mannix leaves a detective firm and sets up shop as a private investigator. She became the second African-American woman after Nichelle Nichols of Star Trek to be featured prominently on a weekly television series.

Gail Fisher was an American actress.

Fisher was best known for playing the role of secretary Peggy Fair on the television detective series Mannix from 1968 through 1975, making her one of the first African-American women to play a substantive role in American television.

She first appeared on Mannix during its second season, when Mannix leaves a detective firm and sets up shop as a private investigator. She became the second African-American woman after Nichelle Nichols of Star Trek to be featured prominently on a weekly television series.

In 1970, her work on Mannix was honored when she received the Emmy Award for outstanding performance by an actress in a dramatic supporting role, becoming the first African-American woman to do so. In 1971, Fisher became the first African-American woman to win a Golden Globe, and won her second in 1973.

During Mannix’s run, she made guest appearances on several TV series, including My Three Sons, Love, American Style, and Room 222. After Mannix was cancelled in 1975, she guest starred on popular shows such as Fantasy Island, Knight Rider, General Hospital, and The White Shadow.

Fisher died December 2, 2000, in Culver City, California. She was 65.

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