Hollywood icon Sandra Giles died peacefully Sunday night at home in the Hancock Park region of Los Angeles. She was 84. Born, Lelia Bernice Giles, in Hooker, Oklahoma on July 24, 1932, Sandra Giles began her career early on in Texas. Unwilling to hide her beauty, Sandra, instead, capitalized on it and won several distinguished beauty contests, including: Miss San Antonio and Miss Corpus Christi, before going on to conquer Hollywood.
In the 1950s and ’60, Sandra starred in several TV series such as: “Columbo”, “The Odd Couple”, and “Adam 12”. Also, during the 1960s she was a scene stealer in popular television shows such as, “Burke’s Law”, “Bachelor Father”, and the ever popular TV western series, “Rawhide”. In 1957, it was “The People’s Choice” TV series where she truly caught Hollywood’s attention, not only for her glamorous looks, but for her genuine talent as an actress. She was named “Miss 8-Ball” by the Los Angeles Press Club in December 1957. In October of 1957, her appearance on the “The Tom Duggan Television Show” was all the rage. The show was later cancelled because they claimed she was showing “more cleavage than clothing.” But that was typical Hollywood hype. Sandra Giles was a true lady.
Fans fell in love with Sandra Giles in 1970, as both the Harem Dancer and Dr. Greta Gault in “Land of the Giants”. She was often linked to some of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors.
Sandra Giles was smarter than anyone ever gave her credit for. She not only owned a restaurant in Studio City for many years, but had a lucrative career in the 1990s as a real estate agent.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Piller, wife of the late Michael Piller, and two grandchildren, Shawn Piller and Brent Piller.
No final memorial details were released by press time.
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Written By: Bonnie Forward, Sr. Contributing Writer, famed acting teacher and author of “SOAP OPERA ACTING: The Ins and Outs of Daytime Drama”
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