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 Amzie Strickland

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Amzie Strickland

Birth
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 5 Jul 2006 (aged 87)
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
Burial Valhalla, Westchester County, New York, USA
Plot Cremated remains placed in her husband's grave. Her name does not appear on the headstone.
Memorial ID 14839202 View Source
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Actress. She is best remembered for her portrayal of the wholesome Gladys Schmades in "Krippendorf's Tribe" (1998). After relocating to California with her family during the late 1930s, she originally began her career as both a dress model and radio actress. Approximately, two weeks following her 18th birthday, she was discovered by actress Jean Dixon, who was seated in the audience of fashion show she happened to be appearing in one afternoon. Impressed by her dark good looks, slim physique, and charm, she took notice of her potential and arranged for her to begin a career in the film industry beginning with her appearing in a minor role in the film "You Only Live Once" (1937). From there, she would go on to flourish as a notable character actress appearing in over 200 features; often typecast as wives, mothers, grandmothers, old maids, busybodies, wealthy widows, best friends, neighbors, landladies, housekeepers, glamour dolls, chorines, retail clerks, businesswomen, nurses, white-collared workers, educators, secretaries, eccentrics, snobs, aristocrats, nannies, clergywomen, and matriarchs. She appeared in such feature films as "The Toast of New York" (1937), "Jezebel" (1938), "The Women" (1939), "And One Was Beautiful" (1940), "I Wake Up Screaming" (1941), "Holiday Inn" (1942), "Coney Island" (1943), "The Story of Dr. Wassell" (1944), "Thrill of a Romance" (1945), "The Locket" (1946), "Song of the Thin Man" (1947), "Sorry, Wrong Number" (1948), "Easy Living" (1949), "711 Ocean Drive" (1950), "Angels in the Outfield" (1951), "Sudden Fear" (1952), "Angel Face" (1953), "Magnificent Obsession" (1954), "Man With a Gun" (1955), "The Girl He Left Behind" (1956), "Bernadine" (1957), "Curse of the Undead" (1959), "Penelope" (1966), "The One and Only" (1978), "Pretty Woman" (1990), "Doc Hollywood" (1991), "Shiloh" (1996), "Tower of Terror" (1997), and "Wunderlust" (2001). During the advent of television, she became an even more familiar face appearing in various guest spots on such syndicated sitcoms as "Medic," "Treasury Men in Action," "I Love Lucy," "Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre," "Gunsmoke," "The Loretta Young Show," "State Trooper," "The Adventures of Jim Bowie," "December Bride," "Zorro," "M Squad," "Goodyear Theatre," "Make Room for Daddy," "Rawhide," "Wagon Train," "Rahwide," "The Twilight Zone," "One Step Beyond," "Perry Mason," "The Joey Bishop Show," "Bonanza," "Burke's Law," "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," "My Favorite Martian," "Death Valley Days," "The Donna Reed Show," "F Troop," "The Big Valley," "Judd for the Defense," "That Girl," "Petticoat Junction," "Ironside," "The Doris Day Show," "Dan August," "Alias Smith and Jones," "Happy Days," "Apple's Way," "The Six Million Dollar Man," "Harper Valley PTA," "The Waltons," "Carter County," "Three's Company," "Lucas Tanner," "Mission: Impossible," "Flo," "Father Murphy," "The Facts of Life," "Falcon Crest," "The Jeffersons," "Knight Rider," "The Golden Girls," "St. Elsewhere," "Murphy Brown," "Father Dowling Mysteries," "ALF," "Empty Nest," "Matlock," "The Golden Palace," "Sister, Sister," "Roseanne," "The Client," "Wings," "Chicago Hope," "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," "Ellen," "ER," "7th Heaven," and "Chicago Hope". During her career, she was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, was supportive of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, had been a regular parishioner of the Catholic church, was a member of the Hollywood Republican Committee, had been a magazine model for the Forbes Agency, was one of the founding members of the Canyon Theatre Guild, had been a theatrical instructor for the Pasadena Playhouse, was a chairwoman for her local charters of the American Red Cross and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and she was married to fellow character actor Frank Behrens from 1946 until his death in 1986 (their union produced one son, actor Tim Behrens). Following her 2001 retirement, she spent the final years of her life being a regular attendee at autograph conventions, and was involved in charitable and religious causes, until her death.

Bio by: Lowell Thurgood


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