Monica Moran was the daughter of six-time Oscar-nominated actress Thelma Ritter and her husband, advertising executive Joseph Moran. Born in 1940 -- seven years before her mother made her first screen appearance -- Monica Moran was raised in Queens, NY, and aspired to an acting career from an early age, appearing in the television series I Remember Mama when she was nine, and in summer stock as soon as she was old enough; she also had a regular role on Young Doctor Malone at age 17. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and made her screen debut in the James Stewart/Sandra Dee generation-gap comedy Take Her, She's Mine, wearing a black wig and playing a guitar-playing beatnik girl living in Paris. She hated the her performance, but 20th Century Fox television liked it enough to offer her one of three leading roles in a pilot for a proposed series called "Three on an Island." Working with comely Pamela Tiffin and statuesque Julie Newmar, Moran got most of the comedy on the proposed series, a variation on How to Marry a Millionaire that somehow failed to sell. She subsequently turned to the stage and enjoyed a starring role in Any Wednesday.