Deanna Lund

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Deanna Lund
Deanna Lund 1968.jpg
Lund in Land of the Giants.
Born (1937-05-30)May 30, 1937
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Died June 22, 2018(2018-06-22) (aged 81)
Century City, Los Angeles, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1963–2017
Spouse(s) Don Matheson (1970-?) (divorced) (1 child)
? (divorced) (2 children)
Children Michele Matheson
Randy and Kim[1]
Parent(s) Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lund

Deanna Lund (May 30, 1937 – June 22, 2018) was an American film and television actress best known for her role in the Irwin Allen television series Land of the Giants, where she played the character of Valerie Ames Scott.

Early years[edit]

Lund was the daughter of attorney Arthur Lund, who at one time served in the legislature of Illinois. The family moved to Daytona Beach, Florida, when she was eight. She dropped out of Rollins College, where she was studying drama, to get married. Before becoming an actress, she attended modeling school and worked as a secretary. Later, she did commercials on television and became a weather person at a television station.[2]


Lund's early career included minor roles in the 1960s spy film parodies Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) and Dimension 5 (1966), as well as the horror film Sting of Death (1965), the beach film Out of Sight (1966), and the western Johnny Tiger (1966). She appeared as a lesbian stripper in the 1967 Frank Sinatra movie Tony Rome,[3] but Lund was so embarrassed by the role that she had her name removed from the credits. Her performance was favorably received and led to a starring role in Irwin Allen's television series Land of the Giants.[3]:237 While waiting for filming to start, Lund was offered the part of Rosemary's friend Terry Gionoffrio in Rosemary's Baby but had to decline when, despite Polanski's assurances, Allen did not believe she would be finished in time.[3]:238

Valerie in Giantland, a novella written by Lund, is based on the Land of the Giants series, and set ten years later; written from the point of view of Lund's character, Valerie Ames. In 1976, she appeared on the drama General Hospital as Peggy Lowell, the secretary and mistress of Cameron Faulkner, who was played by Lund's husband Don Matheson. Her later films included the Jerry Lewis comedy Hardly Working (1980), Stick (1985) starring Burt Reynolds, and horror movies such as the Christmas horror film Elves (1989), Witch Story (1989)[4], and the comedy Transylvania Twist (1989).

Personal life[edit]

Lund dropped out of college to marry her high school sweetheart. They had two children and divorced four years later. [2] After Land of the Giants was cancelled, she married co-star Don Matheson, but they were divorced in the late 1970s. Their daughter Michele Matheson is also an actress. Lund is an alum of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.[5]

In 1995, she dated Larry King, and the couple were engaged five weeks after they met.[6] The relationship ended before they could marry.[7]


Lund died on June 22, 2018 at her home in Century City, California of pancreatic cancer, aged 81.[8]


  1. ^ "Deanna Lund - The Private Life and Times of Deanna Lund. Deanna Lund Pictures". 
  2. ^ a b Lewis, Dan (August 19, 1968). "Deanna Lund in 'Land of Giants'". Detroit Free Press. Michigan, Detroit. p. 16. Retrieved September 1, 2018 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b c Tom Lisanti (2001). Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema: Interviews with 20 Actresses from Biker, Beach, and Elvis Movies. McFarland. pp. 234–. ISBN 978-0-7864-0868-9. 
  4. ^ Della Casa, Steve; Giusti, Marco (2013). "Il Grande Libro di Ercole". Edizione Sabinae. Page 338. ISBN 978-88-98623-051
  5. ^ Hollywood Xpo 2010: List of Guests Archived March 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. from
  6. ^ Adams, Kathleen; Lofaro, Lina; Quinn, Michael; Rubin, Jeffery C.; Sanders, Alain L.; Urquhart, Sidney (April 3, 1995). "Time Milestones Apr. 3, 1995". Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ "THE WEDDING IS OFF: LARRY KING GETS BIG HANG-UP FROM FIANCE". Daily News. New York. August 17, 1995. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Deanna Lund, Actress on 'Land of the Giants,' Dies at 81". The Hollywood Reporter. June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2018. 

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