Jill Banner's early life was somewhat nomadic. Her father died when shewas 2, and her mother moved from Washington to South Dakota and Iowabefore settling in Glendale, California. Jill attended the HollywoodProfessional School (one of her classmates was 'Peggy Lipton' ). Her debut film, Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1967) , was shot in1964 but not released until 1968.
When the film finally came out shereceived rave reviews for her performance as one of a pair of crazedsisters in this dark tale of cannibalism and incest. Between theshooting of the film and its release, Banner did a few films and muchTV work. She was regularly used by producer/director'Jack Webb (I)' in his police shows "Dragnet 1967" (1967) and "Adam-12" (1968) , often playing a blissed-out hippie. In the1970s she soured on the Hollywood life and moved to New Mexico, whereshe sold real estate. After a few years, though, she returned toCalifornia to try to resume her career.
On August 7, 1982, she wasdriving on the Ventura Freeway, between the Tujunga and Laurel CanyonBlvd. off-ramps, when her car was hit by a truck whose driver wasdrunk. Not wearing a seat belt, she was ejected from the car and hither head on the center divider. She went into a coma, and died at alocal hospital, never having come out of it. At the time of her deathshe was employed by 'Marlon Brando' and was developing scripts forhim.
|1||Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola||1967||as Caroline|
|2||Pop Culture Beasts Halloween Horror Picks||2014||as Virginia Merrye|
|3||Cmon, Lets Live a Little||1967||as Wendy|
|4||Deadlier Than the Male||1967||as Pam|
|5||Horrible Horror||1986||as Virginia Merrye, In clips from 'Spider Baby'|
|6||Hunters Are for Killing||1970||as Holly Farnell|
|7||Shadow Over Elveron||1968||as Jessie Drover|
|8||Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told||1967||as Virginia Merrye|
|9||The Presidents Analyst||1967||as Snow White|
|10||Weekend of Fear||1966||as Carol|
|12||Cades County||1971||as Melanie|
|13||Dragnet 1967||1967||as Shirley Lawson|
|14||Ironside||1967||as Judy Blue|
|15||The Bold Ones: The New Doctors||1969||as Churlish Girl|
|16||The John Forsythe Show||1965||as Marcia|
|17||The Name of the Game||1968||as Vivi Sue|