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Angel Tompkins
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Angel Tompkins in trailer for I Love My...Wife (1970)
Born Angel Stromberg
(1942-12-20) December 20, 1942 (age 72)
Albany, California, U.S.

Angel Tompkins (born December 20, 1942) is an American actress and Golden Globe nominee, who appeared in several films and television shows.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Angel Tompkins was a model in the Chicago area before being discovered by Woody Allen who sent her to Universal. She was signed and became part of the last Universal Contract Players. She started her television and film acting career in the late 1960s. She made her major film debut as the seductive blonde who came between husband and wife, Elliott Gould and Brenda Vaccaro, in the comedy I Love My ... Wife (1970) and was nominated for a Golden Globe.

She appeared in Prime Cut (1972) with Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman, and starred in the cult classic Little Cigars (1973) as a gangster's moll who teams up with a gang of little people. She also appeared with Anthony Quinn in The Don Is Dead (1973), with former child star Jay North in The Teacher (1974), and with Bo Svenson in the action sequel Walking Tall Part 2 (1975). Her later films included The One Man Jury (1978), The Bees (1978), Alligator (1980), The Naked Cage (1986) and Murphy's Law (1986), opposite Charles Bronson. Tompkins was featured in the pictorial "Angel" in the February 1972 edition of Playboy; subsequently the magazine used her in three more editions, all presumably related to that film promotion.[3]

In 1988, Tompkins appeared with Ann-Margret in the film A Tiger's Tale,[4] and made her last film appearances in Relentless (1989) and Crack House (1989). She also works in the commercial voice-over field.

On television, Tompkins appeared in the pilot for Search (1972), also referenced as Probe, and appeared in many guest spots in shows such as The Wild Wild West (1965), Mannix (1967), Dragnet (1969), Bonanza (1970), Police Woman (1970), Kojak (1977), The Eddie Capra Mysteries (1978), Knight Rider (1983), and Simon & Simon (1981).

In 1991, Tompkins was elected the national recording secretary of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).[5] She ran unsuccessfully for president of the guild in 1995.[6] In 1996, she received the most votes for the SAG Hollywood Board of Directors.[7] She ran for president again in 1999, changing her name to Angeltompkins so that her name would appear first on the ballot, and came in third.[8] In 2000, she proposed that members of SAG's partner union, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, vote to decertify the union and recertify as part of SAG.[7] She came in fourth in the 2001 SAG election, her fifth attempt.[9]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to television and film writer/comedy rewriter Ted Lang. They have two children. Their homes are in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Angel Tompkins at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Angel Tompkins to be star of the week". The Los Angeles Times. 1971-01-16. 
  3. ^ "Angel Tompkins". Playboy Magazine. 1972-02-01. 
  4. ^ Film: 'A Tiger's Tale,' Starring Ann-Margret The New York Times
  5. ^ Kupcinet, Irving (1991-11-20). "Kup's Column". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  6. ^ "CHARACTER ACTOR PICKED TO HEAD SCREEN GUILD". Daily News (Los Angeles, Calif). 5 Nov 1995. p. 4. 
  7. ^ a b Armbrust, Roger (Oct 12–18, 2001). "SAG's Angel returns to ballot". Back Stage East 42 (41). 
  8. ^ Greenhouse, Steven (7 Nov 1999). "In an Upset, Actors Guild Elects Novice As President". New York Times. 
  9. ^ "Gilbert elected SAG president, but results may be challenged". Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif). 4 Nov 2001. 

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