Deborah Raffin was the daughter of 1940s cinema actress Trudy Marshall. A model in her teens, Raffin turned to films in the early '70s, projecting an image of easily outraged innocence. Her largest film assignments included the starring role in Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough (1977) and as the (literally) bedeviled heroine in The Sentinel (1977). She also played Goldie Hawn's part in the weekly television version of Foul Play (1981) and was prominently cast in several made-for-TV movies, as well as the 1988 miniseries Noble House. In her later years, Raffin managed a successful book-on-tape service called Dove Audio. She died of leukemia at age 59 in late 2012.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Was discovered in an elevator by a talent agent.
- With her husband, founded Dove Audio Inc., which produced books on tape.
- Was considered for the role of Sandy in the film Grease, after Susan Dey turned it down.
- Her role in the 1976 made-for-TV movie Nightmare in Badham County made her a huge star in China.
- Toured China promoting the Hollywood film industry.
- Passed away at 59 of leukemia.