|Born||Mary Helen Anderson
May 22, 1932
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||October 28, 2012
Encino, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||John Stephens (1955-1955) 1 child
Richard Benedict (1986-2012, her death)
|Children||Tina Beth Paige Anders (born 1956)|
Merry Anders (born Mary Helen Anderson; May 22, 1932 – October 28, 2012) was an American actress who appeared in a number of television programs and films from the 1950s until her retirement from the screen in 1972. In 1954, she succeeded Ann Todd as Stuart Erwin's daughter in the final season of his television series, The Stu Erwin Show.
In the 1955-1956 season, she joined Janis Paige in the 26-week CBS sitcom It's Always Jan. From 1957-1959, Anders co-starred with Barbara Eden and Lori Nelson in How to Marry a Millionaire, a syndicated 20th Century Fox television series based on the 1953 film How to Marry a Millionaire. The three played young women living in New York City and trying to land wealthy husbands.
In the latter 1950s and 1960s, Anders made numerous television appearances, including the premiere episode "Brannigan's Boots" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Sugarfoot, with Will Hutchins in the title role. She is cast as the character Katie Brannigan, who inadvertently coins the character's name, "Sugarfoot", and it was not meant as a compliment. She appeared on the Sugarfoot rotation series Cheyenne with Clint Walker in the episode "The Longest Rope", guest-starring with Peter Whitney and Donald May.
Other Anders appearances included the Walter Brennan ABC sitcom, The Real McCoys. She made four guest appearances in Lassie, four on 77 Sunset Strip, and three times on Perry Mason, including the role of Sadie Hepner in the 1962 episode, "The Case of the Glamorous Ghost." Anders also appeared in seven episodes of the 1967 version of Jack Webb's Dragnet series on NBC, in which she played policewoman Dorothy Miller.
Anders left show business in 1972 to work for a division of Litton Industries, where she remained until her retirement in 1994. Her last screen role was as Shirley in the two-part episode "Waste" of CBS's Gunsmoke.
- Les Misérables (1952)
- Phffft! (1954)
- The Night Runner (1957)
- Desk Set (1957)
- The Dalton Girls (1957)
- Violent Road (1958)
- The Hypnotic Eye (1960)
- The Gambler Wore a Gun (1961)
- 20,000 Eyes (1961)
- When the Clock Strikes (1961) 
- House of the Damned (1963)
- The Time Travelers (1964)
- Raiders From Beneath The Sea (1964)
- Tickle Me (1965)
- The Quick Gun (1965)
- Legacy of Blood (1971)
- The Stu Erwin Show (1954)
- The Public Defender (1954)
- It's Always Jan (1955)
- Sugarfoot (1957 pilot episode) with Will Hutchins
- Broken Arrow, as Amy Breece in "Smoke Signal" (1957)
- How to Marry a Millionaire (1957–1959)
- 77 Sunset Strip (5 episodes, 1958-1962)
- State Trooper as Mrs. Wallace in "The Case of the Barefoot Girl" (1959)
- Richard Diamond, Private Detective as Claudia Reed in "Bookie" (1959)
- Maverick (4 episodes, 1960-1961)
- Hawaiian Eye (4 episodes, 1960-1962)
- Bringing Up Buddy as Diane Mitchell in "Buddy and the Amazon" (1961)
- Ichabod and Me as Leona in "Bob's Redhead" with Robert Sterling (1961)
- Straightaway as Barbara in "Tiger by the Tail" (1962)
- The Addams Family (1964)
- Get Smart as Joanna Sloan in "All in the Mind" (1966)
- Dragnet 1967 (7 episodes, 1967-1970) as Policewoman Dorothy Miller
- Lassie (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
- Edward L. Cahn, Robert E. Kent Productions (Harvard Film), James Brown II, Merry Anders, Henry Corden, When the Clock Strikes, United Artists (USA), (1961), Film (BW)
- Halliwell, Leslie, Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion
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