Happy birthday Marta Kristen, born February 26, 1945.
Kristen was born Birgit Annalisa Rusanen in Oslo, Norway, to a Finnish mother and a German soldier father who was killed during World War II.
Kristen is best known for her role as Judy Robinson, one of Professor John and Maureen Robinson daughters, in the television series Lost in Space (1965–1968). Marta played the part of the space family’s eldest child, a mature “20-something woman” near the age group of the space pilot, played by Mark Goddard. Her mature role allowed adult form-fitting fashions and hairstyles, as shown in publicity photos of the TV series.
She first appeared in a 1961 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, “Bang! You’re Dead”, alongside Billy Mumy, who would later co-star with Kristen in Lost in Space. Her first success in acting was the role of Lorelei in the 1965 movie Beach Blanket Bingo. She would later star in Lost in Space and make numerous guest appearances on television shows.
When her daughter was born in 1969 she began making television commercials and eventually appeared in more than 40.
She also made the occasional film appearance in movies such as Terminal Island (1973) and the cult science fiction film Battle Beyond the Stars (1980). In recent years she has starred in the 1998 television movie Lost in Space Forever and had a cameo role in the 1998 movie Lost in Space. She also appeared in the A&E Biography Jonathan Harris, Never Fear Smith Is Here in 2002.
Kristen also provided voice work for the 2009 animated theatrical short The Bolt Who Screwed Christmas which also included voice work from her Lost in Space co-stars Harris, Mumy and Angela Cartwright.
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