Bobbie Faye Ferguson, an actress and the mother of The Conners star Jay R. Ferguson, has passed away. She was 78.
Ferguson, a resident of Sherman Oaks, died of natural causes on June 25, her son’s representatives at Industry Entertainment announced Friday.
Born on October 10, 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee, Bobbie Faye grew up in Eudora, Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, taught speech and debate at Skyline High School in Dallas, and was a founding member and an acting teacher at the KD Studio.
She moved to Los Angeles and worked as a model and actress, appearing in shows such as: The Dukes of Hazzard, The Fall Guy, Dallas, Designing Women, Remington Steele and Evening shadewhere her son played Taylor Newton, the son of Burt Reynolds and Marilu Henner’s characters.
She also taught at the Actor’s Lab in Los Angeles.
In the mid-1990s, Ferguson was appointed by President Clinton to launch NASA’s multimedia program in Washington, and she served as the organization’s spokesperson for seven years. She was later hired as a consultant for space-related films such as Clint Eastwood’s Space Cowboys (2000) and Werner Herzogs Wild Blue Yonder (2005).
Jay R. Ferguson, who plays Sara Gilbert’s Darlene love interest on ABC’s The Connersis also known for his turn in 2010-15 as Stan Rizzo on crazy men.
In addition to her son, there are also her daughter-in-law, three grandsons, two brothers, a sister-in-law and cousins. Donations can be made in her name to the Mission Los Angeles.