Amzie Strickland

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Amzie Strickland
Veteran charactor actress Amzie Strickland.jpg
Born Amzie Ellen Strickland
(1919-01-10)January 10, 1919
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died July 5, 2006(2006-07-05) (aged 87)
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1937-2001
Spouse(s) Frank Behrens (1946-1986) (his death) (1 child)

Amzie Ellen Strickland (January 10, 1919 – July 5, 2006) was an American character actress who began in radio, made some 650 television appearances, had roles in two dozen films, appeared in numerous television movies and also worked in TV commercials. In a seven-decade career, from the 1930s to 2001, she amassed well over 100 credits.[1]


Strickland began as a radio actress during the old time radio era and her various radio roles included those shown in the table below.

Program Role
Call the Police Libby[2]
The Fat Man Cathy Evans
Our Gal Sunday Erica Dorn[3]
The Romance of Helen Trent Harriet Eagle[4]


Strickland appeared (sometimes on a recurring basis) on such programs as Adam-12, Dragnet, with Jack Webb, Gunsmoke, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, I Love Lucy, Make Room for Daddy, The Twilight Zone, My Three Sons, Leave It To Beaver, Mission: Impossible, Alias Smith & Jones, Happy Days, Carter Country, Bonanza, The Golden Girls, The Facts of Life, The Jeffersons, Three's Company, ER, 7th Heaven, Ellen, Wings, ALF, Dragnet, Father Dowling Mysteries, Full House, Ned and Stacey, Perry Mason and Knight Rider. Her TV movies include Tower of Terror, Three's Company and Inherit the Wind.

In 1966, Strickland played the widow Laticia Daigle in the episode "The Lady and the Sourdough" of the syndicated western series Death Valley Days, hosted by Robert Taylor. Paul Brinegar was cast as Rupert Johnson, who entered a partnership to cook for a feisty miner, Tom Despo (Stanley Adams) in return for half of the gold that Despo finds. Johnson then meets Miss Daigle, a baker, and soon develops other plans.[5] That same year, she appeared as Martha Hall, wife of chicken farmer Alfred Hall (Strother Martin) in the comedy episode "The Four Dollar Law Suit". In the story line, Hall sues an insurance company for underpayment of $4 after Hall's chicken coop burns to the ground. J. Pat O'Malley portrays attorney Wilson.[6]


Her film credits include roles in Captain Newman, M.D., Penelope, Kotch, Harper Valley PTA, Pretty Woman, Doc Hollywood, Shiloh, and Krippendorf's Tribe.[7]

Personal life and death[edit]

Strickland was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was married to radio and television actor Frank Behrens from 1946 until his death in 1986. They had a son, Tim Behrens. She died of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 87 in 2006.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Amzie Strickland". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  2. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, p. 131. Oxford University Press; ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  3. ^ "Named for Colonel". Harrisburg Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. January 6, 1945. p. 16. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "She's a Menace". Harrisburg Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. January 5, 1946. p. 15. Retrieved June 27, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ ""The Lady and the Sourdough" on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Data Base. October 8, 1966. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Four Dollar Law Suit on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Data Base. April 1966. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ Staff, (2015-02-06). "Amzie Strickland | Biography and Filmography | 1919". Retrieved 2017-07-08. 

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