Merry Anders

Merry Anders

Highest Rated: 100% Desk Set (1957)

Lowest Rated: 60% Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)

Birthday: May 22, 1932

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

American actress Merry Anders was a professional model when she signed her first studio contract in 1951. After two years of uncredited bits in such 20th Century-Fox features as Belles on Their Toes (1952) and Titanic (1953), Merry found more rewarding work on TV. From 1953 through 1955, she appeared in The Stu Erwin Show, replacing Ann Todd in the role of Joyce, Erwin's oldest daughter. While most of her film assignments were along the bargain-basement lines of The Dalton Girls (1957) and The Hypnotic Eye (1960), Merry built up a reputation as "queen" of the TV pilot films. If she appeared as guest star in the pilot episode of a potential series, that series would most likely be sold. Merry would be the last person to insist that she was a great actress; her "versatility" in her many TV roles consisted of changing her hair color as often as possible. It was as a redhead that Merry was cast in the lead of the syndicated sitcom How to Marry a Millionaire, which ran from 1958 through 1960. After this assignment, Merry continued to show up as a blonde, brunette and redhead in such deathless movie offerings as Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966) and Legacy of Blood (1973). In the late 1960s, she had a semi-recurring role on Dragnet as a super-efficient policewoman; the character was meant to develop into a love interest for Joe Friday (Jack Webb), but the series never went in that direction. It can be argued that Merry Anders' most memorable performance (and the one most often seen these days) was as a woman who is drowned in a phone booth (!) on a 1966 episode of Get Smart.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Legacy of Blood Laura Dean 1971
No Score Yet Flight of the Cougar Actor 1967
No Score Yet Women of the Prehistoric Planet Karen 1966
No Score Yet Tickle Me Estelle Penfield 1965
No Score Yet The Time Travelers (Depths of the Unknown) Carol White 1964
No Score Yet The Quick Gun Helen Reed 1964
No Score Yet A Tiger Walks Betty Collins 1964
No Score Yet House of the Damned Nancy Campbell 1963
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast Princess Sybil 1962
No Score Yet When The Clock Strikes Ellie 1961
No Score Yet Young Jesse James Belle Starr 1960
No Score Yet The Hypnotic Eye Dodie Wilson 1960
No Score Yet The Dalton Girls Holly Dalton 1958
100% Desk Set Cathy 1957
No Score Yet Death In Small Doses Actor 1957
No Score Yet The Night Runner Amy Hansen 1957
90% All That Heaven Allows Mary Ann 1955
No Score Yet Phffft! Marcia 1954
60% Three Coins in the Fountain Girl 1954
No Score Yet The Farmer Takes a Wife Hannah 1953
91% Titanic College Girl 1953
84% How to Marry a Millionaire Model 1953
No Score Yet Les Miserables Cicely 1952

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Joyce Adele Sadie 1964
1962
1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Lena 1961
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Cissie Penelope Greeley Maggie Bradford Marybelle McCall 1961
1960
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Virginia Keith 1960

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