Audrey Landers

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Audrey Landers
Audrey Landers.jpg
Landers in 2011
Born Audrey Hamburg
(1956-07-18) 18 July 1956 (age 58)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Singer
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Donald Berkowitz (1988–present) 2 children

Audrey Landers (born July 18, 1956) is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as Afton Cooper in the television drama series Dallas and her role as Val Clarke in the film version of A Chorus Line.[1]

Early years[edit]

Landers was born Audrey Hamburg in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2] Landers began her acting career at the age of 9, when she starred in her first community theater musical, and continued acting and singing in community theater shows in New York State. Music was always a passion, and Landers began writing poetry and songs at a young age. Landers was first noticed with a country song that she wrote and performed at the age of twelve, which led to a Nashville recording contract with Epic Records, a performance on The Merv Griffin Show, and a year-long role on the daytime drama, The Secret Storm. During her teen years, she acted on the daytime drama Somerset and studied music at the Juilliard School in New York, while majoring in psychology at Columbia University. Her feature film debut came in The Tennessee Stallion (1978) with her sister, Judy Landers. Audrey is older than Judy by just over 2 years. They have been mistaken for twins.

Career[edit]

Landers moved to Los Angeles and on her 24th birthday, landed the role of Afton Cooper in Dallas, which she held for 84 episodes, from 1981 through the television movie Dallas: J.R. Returns in 1996. She took a leave of absence from Dallas to portray Val Clarke in the film version of A Chorus Line (1985). Her performance in the film of Dance: Ten; Looks: Three helped jumpstart a successful recording career in Europe.[3] In 2013 she reprised her role in the second season of new Dallas.[4][5]

Before joining Dallas, she guest-starred in a number of television series, including The Dukes of Hazzard, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, Battlestar Galactica, and television movies such as Jackie Collins's Lucky Chances, The Hitchhiker, and many others. From 1990–1992, she played the role of Charlotte Hesser, eldest daughter of upstate Pennsylvania mob boss Carlo Hesser on the ABC daytime series One Life to Live.[3]

Landers at the 24th Annual Genesis Awards in 2010

With her young sons as inspiration, Landers created the children's television series, The Huggabug Club,[3] for which, in addition to writing the scripts, she also wrote the 250+ original songs in the series. Her partner (and mother), Ruth Landers, produced the series and donated it to Public Television for its 5 year run. In 2006, she co-wrote, and co- directed the family adventure film, Circus Island, a Ruth Landers production. Landers' business partner (and mother) Ruth Landers have created a fashion line called Landers STAR Collection which is gaining global popularity through QVC UK,and in Italy, Canada, Germany, and the U.S.[6]

In 2005–2006, Landers co-wrote and co-directed the family feature film Circus Island. Landers played Veronica, the girlfriend of Bruce Campbell's character Sam, on the USA Network series Burn Notice.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Audrey is sister of actress Judy Landers, and has acted with her in several roles, including multiple episodes of The Love Boat as well as Circus Island and Ghost Writer, films produced by Ruth Landers. Audrey and Judy Landers were on the cover and in a non-nude pictorial of the January 1983 issue of Playboy. Audrey, Judy, and their mother, Ruth jointly created the award-winning musical children's television series The Huggabug Club for PBS from 1995–2000. Audrey co-wrote the 250 original songs in the series. She also co-wrote the scripts and co-edited the series.

Landers married businessman Donald Berkowitz in May 1988. They have 2 children, twins Adam and Daniel, born in 1993.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1971 Going Home Teenage Arby's customer uncredited
1972-1973 The Secret Storm Joanna Morrison Landers #1
1973 Search for Tomorrow Connie
1973 Room 222 Donna 1 episode
1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. Tracy Robbins 1 episode
1973 The F.B.I. Janine Winchell 1 episode
1973 Emergency! Marsha 1 episode
1974-1976 Somerset Heather Lawrence
1975 First Ladies Diaries: Martha Washington Nelly Custis
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Actress on TV Screen uncredited
1977 Happy Days Kitty 1 episode
1977 Police Woman Nancy 1 episode
1978 The Archie Situation Comedy Musical Variety Show Betty Cooper
1978 Goober & the Truckers' Paradise Becky Pyle
1978 The Waverly Wonders Ginger 1 episode
1978 Battlestar Galactica Miri 1 episode
1979 Charlie's Angels Donna Rossitter 1 episode
1979 Highcliffe Manor Wendy Sparkles 5 episodes
1979 The Runaways Verna Kenton 1 episode
1979 B.J. and the Bear Carol Cain 1 episode
1979 Young Maverick Sara Lou Mullen 1 episode
1979 1941 USO Girl
1981 Underground Aces Annie Wenders
1982 Tennessee Stallion Charlotte
1983 The Hitchhiker Priscilla Packard 1 episode
1979-1984 Fantasy Island Various roles 5 episodes
1980-1984 The Dukes of Hazzard Billie Jean / Gail Flatt 2 episodes
1985 Deadly Twins Polly Morrison
1985 A Chorus Line Val Clarke
1982-1985 The Love Boat Various roles 4 episodes
1986 Hotel Susan 1 episode
1986 Crazy Like a Fox Dianne Bennett 1 episode
1986 Getting Even Paige Starson
1986 Popeye Doyle Jill Anneyard
1987 Johann Strauss - Der König ohne Krone Lily
1987 You Are the Jury Sheila Farley 1 episode
1989 Midnight Caller Marie Devoe / Sandra 1 episode
1981-1989 Dallas Afton Cooper 84 episodes
1989 Freakshow Shan
1989 Ghost Writer Angela Reid
1989 MacGyver Carla Yeats / Roxy Yeats 1 episode
1990 Lucky Chances Marabelle TV mini-series
1990-1991 One Life to Live Charlotte Hesser
1991 California Casanova JB
1991 The Cosby Show Cookie Bennett 1 episode
1992 Silk Stalkings Liza Gutierrez 1 episode
1993 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Toots 1 episode
1994 Burke's Law Dancer 1 episode
1995-2000 The Huggabug Club Miss Audrey
1986, 1996 Murder, She Wrote Greta Bayer / Phyllis Walters 2 episodes
1996 Dallas: J.R. Returns Afton Cooper
1997 Last Chance Love Michelle
2006 Circus Camp Lena Anderson
2008 Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation Bettina
2007-2008 Burn Notice Veronica 4 episodes
2011 Armed and Deadly Audrey Landers
2011 Jackie Goldberg Private Dick Nadia
2013—2014 Dallas Afton Cooper

Discography[edit]

Albums
  • 1983 Little River
  • 1984 Holiday Dreams (European release)/Wo der Südwind weht (Germany release)
  • 1985 Paradise Generation
  • 1986 Country Dreams (European release)/Weites Land (Germany release)
  • 1988 Secrets
  • 1990 My Dreams For You (European release)/Meine Träume für dich (Germany release)
  • 1991 Rendez-Vous
  • 1991 Das Audrey Landers Weihnachtsalbum
  • 2005 Spuren eines Sommers
  • 2006 Dolce Vita
  • 2010: Spuren Deiner Zärtlichkeit
Singles
  • 1978 Apple Don't Fall Far From the Tree
  • 1979 You Thrill Me
  • 1983 Manuel Goodbye
  • 1983 Little River
  • 1983 Playa Blanca
  • 1984 Mi Amor(Camilo Sesto)
  • 1984 Honeymoon In Trinidad
  • 1985 Paradise Generation
  • 1985 Jim, Jeff & Johnny
  • 1985 Lucky
  • 1985 "Reunited" Duet with Tom Jones
  • 1985 Summernight In Rome
  • 1986 These Silver Wings
  • 1986 Yellow Rose of Texas
  • 1986 Tennessee Nights
  • 1987 Bella Italia
  • 1988 Silverbird
  • 1988 Never Wanna Dance (When I'm Blue)
  • 1989 Gone With the Wind
  • 1989 Sun of Jamaica
  • 1990 Shine a Light
  • 1990 Shadows of Love
  • 1991 Santa Maria Goodbye
  • 1991 Monte Carlo
  • 1997 Heute habe ich an dich gedacht (with Bernhard Brink)
  • 2004 Weil wir alle die gleiche Sonne sehen (with son Daniel)
  • 2005 Sommernacht am Lago Maggiore
  • 2006 In deinen Augen lag Dolce Vita
  • 2007 Sommertraum
  • 2009 "Weihnachten" (Christmas Time)
  • 2009: Sommer, Meer und Sonnenschein
  • 2010 "One Star" (Ein Stern)
  • 2011 "Remember Yesterday" (An Jenem Tag)

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