|Occupation||Actress of film, television, and stage|
She was born in Oslo, Norway, as Anna Lisa Ruud and worked there at the Central Theater. In 1954 she travelled to the U.S. to visit her brother, a travel agent in Hollywood, California. This led to an acting career in which she was cast in guest-starring roles in such western television series as Sugarfoot, Maverick, and Bronco, all of which were aired by ABC/Warner Brothers. She guest starred on the 1960 series, The Islanders, an adventure/drama set in the South Pacific.
Anna-Lisa then acquired a recurring role as Nora Travers in the ABC western series Black Saddle, with Peter Breck and Russell Johnson. Her success in Black Saddle resulted in roles in two spaceflight-themed feature filmss: the 1959 comedy Have Rocket, Will Travel and a year later in 12 to the Moon. She continued to appear in such television seres as GE True, hosted by Jack Webb, until she left Hollywood after 1966 to follow a career on the stage. She also appeared in an episode of The Millionaire in 1959, and a 1963 episode of Perry Mason, "The Case of the Velvet Claws," playing the role of Norma Vickers.
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- Aaker, Everett, Television western players of the fifties: a biographical encyclopedia of all regular cast members in western series, 1949-1959, McFarland, 1997, ISBN 0786402849.