Anna Marie Nanasi
July 6, 1944
|Died||August 19, 2010 (aged 66)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Auto accident|
Anna Marie Nanasi (July 6, 1944 – August 19, 2010), better known by her professional name Ahna Capri (also as Anna Capri), was an American film and television actress best known for her role as Tania (secretary of Han) in the martial-arts film Enter the Dragon.
She was born to Hungarian parents in a displaced persons camp in West Germany, and arrived in the United States with her family as a refugee in 1950.
Capri started her career as a child actress, appearing on such series as Father Knows Best, The Danny Thomas Show, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Leave It To Beaver and a recurring role as Edie Westrope on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show in 1958. She made her film debut at the age of thirteen in Outlaw's Son. She appeared thereafter in more films and television series, including roles in two CBS westerns in 1959, as Dolly Cleary in "The Littlest Client" on Wanted: Dead or Alive, starring Steve McQueen, and as Debbie McCallin in "McCallin's Daughter" on Trackdown, with Robert Culp.
In 1962, she was cast in a recurring role as Mary Rose in the ABC/Warner Bros Television sitcom, Room for One More. She appeared on other ABC/WB series, including Maverick, Sugarfoot, Cheyenne, Bronco, 77 Sunset Strip.
Later, she appeared in Branded, The Monroes, The Iron Horse, The Guns of Will Sonnett, Laredo, The Wild Wild West, Run for Your Life, The F.B.I., Banyon, Baretta, Banacek, Mannix, The Mod Squad, Ironside, Cannon, The Invaders, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Adam-12, Police Story, Search, and Kojak.
In 1971, Capri played Linda Perry in two episodes of ABC's crime drama Dan August, starring Burt Reynolds. In 1972, she was cast in the film Payday, with Rip Torn in the lead role as a country music singer in Alabama. Beginning in the 1970s, she used the spelling Ahna Capri in order to reflect the correct pronunciation of her first name.
On August 9, 2010, Capri was involved in a car accident in which a 5-ton truck collided with her car. After eleven days in a coma and on life support, she died on August 19 at the age of sixty-six.
- Kisses for My President (1964)
- The Girls on the Beach (1965)
- One of Our Spies Is Missing (1966)
- Target: Harry (1969)
- Darker than Amber (1970)
- The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)
- Piranha, Piranha (1972)
- Payday (1973)
- Enter the Dragon (1973)
- The Specialist (1975)
- The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)
- "Car Accident Claims Ahna Capri". Inside Kung Fu. Archived from the original on 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2011-01-10.
- Tom Lisanti & Louis Paul, Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973, McFarland & Company, 2002, p86-89, ISBN 0786411945
- Obituary in The Hollywood Reporter
- "Ahna Capri". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 20, 2013.