Merry Anders

as Amy 'Miss Diesel of 1958' Phillips in the movie Death in Small Doses

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Real name is Merry Helen Anderson
Was born at 22 May 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, USA . Died at 28 October 2012, Encino, California, USA

Merry Anders practically grew up in local bijous watching films andtheir accompanying stage shows with her movie-crazy mother andgrandmother. The family relocated to Los Angeles in 1949 and, whileattending John Burroughs Junior High School, Anders made theacquaintance of 'Rita La Roy' , an old-time film actress whoconvinced her to take a modeling course. Later, to help her with hermodeling, she took dramatic lessons at the Ben Bard Playhouse and was"spotted" by a 20th Century-Fox talent scout in a Playhouse stagepresentation. After several years at Fox, Anders turned freelancer,working in TV as well as starring in a string of modestly budgetedWestern, science fiction and horror films.


There is some small facts about Merry Anders:
  • Although she was actually a blonde, 'Jack Webb (I)' insisted that she wear a brunette wig during her appearances on the second "Dragnet 1967" (1967) series (1967-1970) on the grounds that it made her look more serious.
  • She continued acting in the 1970s by registering for at least one class at Los Angeles Valley College each year in order to appear in a college play. Among her credits was "The Glass Menagerie", and playing her daughter was the soon-to-be-famous TV actress 'Christopher Norris (I)' .
  • She had a daughter who attended Los Angeles Valley College in the 1970s. Apparently trying to follow in her mother's footsteps, the daughter appeared in college plays, for example, "A Midsummer's Night Dream," but without much acclaim or, as far as is known, without any professional appearances later.
  • In 2005, resided in Encino, California, with her husband.
  • Interviewed in 'Tom Weaver (I)' 's books "Attack of the Monster Movie Makers" (McFarland & Co., 1994) and "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland & Co., 2010).
  • (1994) Retired after 25 years at Litton Data Systems as a Customer Relations coordinator
Also look some video clip about Merry Anders:
There is the list of movies, where Merry Anders was taked part:
1 Death in Small Doses movie Death in Small Doses 1957 as Amy 'Miss Diesel of 1958' Phillips
2 Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny movie Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny 1995 as Florence Nightengale
3 Dragnet 1967 movie Dragnet 1967 1967 as Policewoman Dorothy Miller
4 How to Marry a Millionaire movie How to Marry a Millionaire 1957 as Mike McCall
5 The Jack Benny Program movie The Jack Benny Program 1950 as Kidnapper AKA Florence Nightengale
6 20,000 Eyes movie 20,000 Eyes 1961 as Karen Walker
7 A Tiger Walks movie A Tiger Walks 1964 as Betty Collins
8 Air Patrol movie Air Patrol 1962 as Mona Whitney
9 Airport movie Airport 1970 as Mrs. Burt Ball - Passenger
10 All That Heaven Allows movie All That Heaven Allows 1955 as Mary Ann
11 Beauty and the Beast movie Beauty and the Beast 1962 as Sybil
12 Belles on Their Toes movie Belles on Their Toes 1952 as Student/Graduate
13 Blood Legacy movie Blood Legacy 1971 as Laura Dean
14 Calypso Heat Wave movie Calypso Heat Wave 1957 as Marti Collins
15 Desk Set movie Desk Set 1957 as Cathy
16 Escape from San Quentin movie Escape from San Quentin 1957 as Robbie
17 FBI Code 98 movie FBI Code 98 1963 as Grace McLean
18 Five Bold Women movie Five Bold Women 1960 as Ellen Downs aka The Missouri Lady
19 Golden Girl movie Golden Girl 1951 as Chorine
20 Hear Me Good movie Hear Me Good 1957 as Ruth Collins
21 House of the Damned movie House of the Damned 1963 as Nancy Campbell
22 How to Marry a Millionaire movie How to Marry a Millionaire 1953 as Model
23 Les Miserables movie Les Miserables 1952 as Cicely
24 No Time to Be Young movie No Time to Be Young 1957 as Gloria Stuben
25 Patty movie Patty 1962 as Mary
26 Phffft movie Phffft 1954 as Marsha
27 Police Nurse movie Police Nurse 1963 as Joan Olson
28 Princess of the Nile movie Princess of the Nile 1954 as Handmaiden
29 Raiders from Beneath the Sea movie Raiders from Beneath the Sea 1964 as Dottie Harper
30 Reginald LeBorg - Man nannte mich den Alleskönner movie Reginald LeBorg - Man nannte mich den Alleskönner 1987 as Holly Dalton
31 Secret of Deep Harbor movie Secret of Deep Harbor 1961 as Janey Fowler
32 Spring Affair movie Spring Affair 1960 as Dorothy
33 The Dalton Girls movie The Dalton Girls 1957 as Holly Dalton
34 The Farmer Takes a Wife movie The Farmer Takes a Wife 1953 as Hannah
35 The Gambler Wore a Gun movie The Gambler Wore a Gun 1961 as Sharon Donovan
36 The Hypnotic Eye movie The Hypnotic Eye 1960 as Dodie Wilson
37 The Night Runner movie The Night Runner 1957 as Amy Hansen
38 The Police Dog Story movie The Police Dog Story 1961 as Terry Dayton
39 The Quick Gun movie The Quick Gun 1964 as Helen Reed
40 The Time Travelers movie The Time Travelers 1964 as Carol White
There is the list of interview of Merry Anders:
  • "Starlog Spectacular" (USA), July 1991, Iss. 2, by: Tom Weaver, "Time Traveler"
There is the list of some printed articles of Merry Helen Anderson:
  • "Mein Film" (Austria), 7 August 1953, Vol. 23, Iss. 32, pg. 10, by: MF, "Sommerfreuden"
The image of Merry Helen Anderson was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "Pictorial TView" (USA), 31 July 1955
  • "Sunday Mirror" (USA), 17 January 1954
There is the list of some quotes of Merry Anders:
  • I come on the set with my lines learned and then I read them like Merry Anders. Usually that's enough, but if the director wants something more, then we go to work. After that the lines come out like Merry Anders working.
  • [on quitting her acting career] I had a couple of years where I only grossed about three thousand dollars and I couldn't make a living. Dad wrote me a letter and said, "Get out of that movie business, get yourself a decent job, girl!" I was divorced and it's hard to raise a child, have a nice home, put up the appearance of success, drive a car in perfect running shape and everything when you're on unemployment.
  • [on working with 'Ted de Corsia' in The Quick Gun (1964) ] He was just great, though. Just perfect as his character. It helped me in a way because I was supposedly so terrified of him I was speechless.
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