Anne Jeffreys

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Anne Jeffreys
Anne Jeffreys in I Married an Angel.jpg
Jeffreys in I Married an Angel
Born Anne Carmichael
(1923-01-26) January 26, 1923 (age 92)
Goldsboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Other names Anne Jeffries, Ann Jeffries
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1941-present
Spouse(s) Joseph R. Serena (1945-1949, annulled)
Robert Sterling (1951-2006, his death, 3 sons)
Children Jeffrey (1954), Dana (1958), Tyler (1959)
Relatives Tisha Sterling (stepdaughter)

Anne Jeffreys (born January 26, 1923) is an American actress and singer.


Born Annie Carmichael[1] on January 26, 1923, in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Jeffreys entered the entertainment field at a young age; her initial training was in voice (she was an accomplished soprano), but she decided as a teenager to sign with the John Robert Powers agency as a junior model.

Her plans for an operatic career were sidelined when she was cast in a staged musical review, Fun for the Money. Her appearance in that revue led to her being cast in her first movie role, in I Married an Angel (1942), starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. She was under contract to both RKO and Republic Studios during the 1940s, including several appearances as Tess Trueheart in the Dick Tracy series, and the 1944 Frank Sinatra musical Step Lively. She also appeared in the horror comedy Zombies on Broadway with Wally Brown and Alan Carney in 1945 and starred in Riffraff with Pat O'Brien two years later.

When her career faltered, she instead focused on her stage career, playing lead roles on Broadway in productions such as the 1947 opera Street Scene, the 1948 Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate (having replaced Patricia Morison) and the 1952 musical Three Wishes for Jamie. With long-term husband Robert Sterling, who was first married to Ann Sothern, she appeared in the CBS sitcom Topper (1953–1955), in which she was billed in a voiceover as "the ghostess with the mostest".

On December 18, 1957, Jeffreys and her husband played a couple with an unusual courtship arrangement brought about by an attack of the fever in the episode "The Julie Gage Story", broadcast in the first season of NBC's Wagon Train.

After a semi-retirement in the 1960s, she appeared on television, appearing in episodes of such series as Love, American Style (with her husband), L.A. Law and Murder, She Wrote. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in The Delphi Bureau (1972). From 1984 to 1985, she starred in the short-lived Aaron Spelling series Finder of Lost Loves. She also appeared in Baywatch as David Hasselhoff's mother, and also had a recurring role in the night-time soap Falcon Crest as Amanda Croft.

In 1979, she guest starred as Siress Blassie in the Battlestar Galactica episode "The Man with Nine Lives" as a love interest of Chameleon, a part played by Fred Astaire. She was the last person to dance with him onscreen. She also guest starred as Prime Minister Dyne in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode "Planet of the Amazon Women" as the leader of the titular planet.

Her most recent career has been in daytime television; From 1984 to 2004, she appeared on the soap opera General Hospital (as well as its short-lived spinoff, Port Charles) in the recurring role of wealthy socialite Amanda Barrington, a long-time board member of both the hospital and ELQ. In her initial storyline, she was part of a blackmail scheme which lead to the murder of Jimmy Lee Holt's mother, Beatrice, of whose death she was a suspect in. [2] In the last year of "Port Charles", Amanda briefly became a vampire after being attacked. The character last appeared on screen in 2004 when Amanda attended Lila Quartermain's funeral.

Jeffreys' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 1501 Vine Street.

Personal life[edit]

Jeffreys in 2010

Jeffreys has been married twice. Her first marriage, to Joseph Serena, was annulled in 1949.[3]

She married actor Robert Sterling in 1951. Sterling appeared with Jeffreys in the series Topper. In January 1958, the duo tried another series, Love That Jill. It ran only a few months, with 13 episodes shot. They had three sons: Jeffrey, Dana and Tyler. Robert Sterling died on May 30, 2006 at age 88.

In July of 1956, Jeffreys' mother, Mrs. Kate Jeffreys Carmichael, 67, was run down and killed by her own automobile in the driveway of the home of her daughter. Police said Mrs. Carmichael was taking books from the car's trunk when the emergency brake apparently slipped. The car rolled down the sloping driveway dragging the actress' mother 26 feet. Found article in the Bartlesville (Oklahoma) Daily Enterprise, July 5, 1956, page 20.


With Pat O'Brien in Riffraff (1947)

Television Work[edit]

Stage Work[edit]


  1. ^ US Federal Census1930; Census Place: Goldsboro, Wayne, North Carolina; Roll: 1728; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 12; Image: 51.0; FHL microfilm: 2341462
  2. ^ "Soap opera scenes". Boca Raton News. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Divorces-Anne Jeffreys". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. October 11, 1947. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 

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