Victoria Bissell Brown, retired Grinnell history professor and author of Washington Post op-ed “Thanks for not raping us, all you ‘good men.’ But it’s not enough,” is almost certainly the daughter of the late character actor Whit Bissell (1909-1996). Most references to him mention that one of his daughters is named “Victoria Brown” and her Facebook page says she grew up in Santa Monica.
Whit Bissell was a WASP blueblood and yachtsman, son of a prominent NYC surgeon, who went on to do many supporting roles as white male professional authority figures in sci-fi and horror movies and TV shows.
Basically, he made a nice living playing men like his father, the surgeon. For example, he was the commanding officer on the TV show The Time Tunnel, which was a favorite of mine about 50 years ago.
He had a lot of real life command presence as well, being a leader in the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy. When, late in life, he moved into the SAG old folks home in Woodland Hills, he immediately became a leader among the residents.
Here’s Professor Bissell Brown’s dad testifying as a psychiatrist in The Caine Mutiny:
Here is Whit as Mr. Lurry in the famous “The Trouble With Tribbles” episode of Star Trek:
Whit also played a mad scientist psychiatrist to Michael Landon’s teenager in I Was A Teenage Werewolf.
So maybe her hysteria is a tad histrionic?