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 Merry Anders

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Merry Anders

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 28 Oct 2012 (aged 78)
Encino, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 104294463 View Source
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Actress. She is best remembered for her recurring portrayal of the sharp-witted Mike McCall in the television series "How to Marry a Millionaire." Born Mary Anderson, she was raised in Los Angeles, California, where she attended John Burroughs Middle School. During an all-girls assembly, she was discovered by former film actress turned theatrical instructor Rita La Roy. Impressed by her blonde good looks, poise, and maturity, she arranged for her to begin work as a junior model and later help to fund her education to study acting within the Ben Bard Playhouse. Following her graduation, she secured a film contract through 20th-Century Fox and made her film debut in "Golden Girl" (1951). Often typecast as a debutante, playgirl, gold-digger, businesswoman, educator, nurse, secretary, cowgirl, villainous, heroine, love interest, best friend, kindly neighbor, governess, or, in her later career, matriarch, she appeared in such films as "Belles on Their Toes" (1952), "Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie" (1952), "Les Misérables" (1952), "Titanic" (1953), "The Farmer Takes a Wife" (1953), "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954), "Princess of the Nile" (1954), "Phffft" (1954), "All That Heaven Allows" (1955), "The Night Runner" (1957), "Desk Set" (1957), "Calypso Heat Wave" (1957), "No Time to Be Young" (1957), "Escape from San Quinten" (1957), "Death in Small Doses" (1957), "The Dalton Girls" (1957), "Hear Me Good" (1957), "Violent Road" (1958), "The Hypnotic Eye" (1960), "Five Bold Women" (1960), "Young Jessie James" (1960), "The Walking Target" (1960), "Spring Affair" (1960), "The Police Dog Story" (1961), "The Gambler Wore a Gun" (1961), "When the Clock Strikes" (1961), "20,000 Eyes" (1961), "Secrets of Deep Harbor" (1961), "Patty" (1962), "Beauty and the Beast" (1962), "Air Patrol" (1962), "FBI Code 98" (1963), "House of the Damned" (1963), "Police Nurse" (1963), "A Tiger Walks" (1964), "The Quick Gun" (1964), "The Time Travelers" (1964),"Young Fury" (1964), "Raiders from Beneath the Sea" (1964), "Tickle Me" (1965), "Women of the Prehistoric Planet" (1966), "Airport" (1970), and "Will to Die" (1971). With the advent of television, she flourished as a household name appearing several guest spots on such syndicated sitcoms as "The Public Defender," "The Ford Television Theatre," "The Stu Erwin Show," "It's Always Jan," "TV Reader's Digest," "The Loretta Young Show," "Broken Arrow," "The Millionaire," "Sugarfoot," "Cheyenne," "Decision," "77 Sunset Strip," "State Trooper," "Tales of Wells Fargo," "The Ann Sothern Show," "The Real McCoys," "Richard Diamond, Private Detective," "Bronco," "Bonanza," "Maverick," "Hawaiian Eye," "Bringing Up Buddy," "Michael Shayne," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "The New Bob Cummings Show," "Perry Mason," "Ichabod and Me," "The Jack Benny Show," "Straightaway," "The Joey Bishop Show," "Arrest and Trial," "The Virginian," "The Addams Family," "Get Smart," "Never Too Young," "Dragnet," "Lassie," and "Gunsmoke." During her career, she was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, was supportive of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, was active within the California State Democratic Committee, was a regular parishioner of the Catholic church, was active within her local council of the American Red Cross and The March of Dimes, and she was married to film producer John Stephens from 1955 to 1956 and engineer Richard Benedict from 1986 to 1999 (her first marriage ended in divorce, produced one daughter, and her second, and final, marriage ended upon Benedict's death). After withdrawing from the film industry in 1972, she decided to focus on having a traditional lifestyle and went on to enjoy a successful newfound career as a customer relations coordinator for Litton Industries where she remained until her 1994 retirement.

Bio by: Lowell Thurgood


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  • Originally Created by: gordonphilbin
  • Added: 28 Jan 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 104294463
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/104294463/merry-anders : accessed ), memorial page for Merry Anders (22 May 1934–28 Oct 2012), Find a Grave Memorial ID 104294463, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.