Lori Martin After ‘National Velvet’

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article
on June 1, 2013
Lori Martin
Photo Credit: Malcolm James
What happened to Lori Martin, star of the 1960s TV show “National Velvet”?     
—Bernita Austin, Lakeville, N.Y.

The child actress was born Dawn Catherine Menzer in Glendale, Calif. She changed her name when she was 12 after winning the role of Velvet Brown in the 1960-1962 TV series about a farm girl who owned a thoroughbred stallion named King. She appeared in the movies “Machine-Gun Kelly,” “The FBI Story” and “The Chase,” but her biggest role was as Gregory Peck’s character’s daughter in the 1962 thriller “Cape Fear.” She was a guest in TV shows including “Leave It to Beaver,” “Family Affair” and “My Three Sons.” Martin left show business in the early 1970s to marry and raise a son. She died in 2010 at age 62.