Erika Anderson

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Erika Anderson
Born Tulsa, Oklahoma
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1987–2000

Erika Marie Anderson is an American film and television actress best known for her role as Greta in A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) and subsequently the actress Selena Swift in the television series Twin Peaks (1990).

Life and career[edit]

Anderson grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of a sculptor. She attended Nathan Hale High School[1] and the University of Tulsa, graduating with a major in telecommunications and a minor in theater. While in school, she worked as a disc jockey at Tulsa's only jazz radio station and also began working in television, eventually hosting her own arts program.

After college, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in radio and television.[2] She signed with a modeling agency and worked steadily in New York City, Paris, Milan, and Los Angeles. She appeared in fashion layouts in magazines such as Vogue and Interview.[2] While in Italy, she played the lead in a short experimental film about an Italian vision of the United States called Through Your Eyes.

Her first role in a full-length movie was in the 1988 movie Lifted, and her breakthrough role came in 1989 in the horror movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child as Greta Gibson. Anderson appeared in three TV episodes of "Twin Peaks", playing twin sisters, Emerald and Jade in Invitation to Love. She starred in the 1991 erotic suspense thriller Zandalee with Nicolas Cage, Judge Reinhold, and Joe Pantoliano.[3]

In 1991, she starred in a suspense thriller Shadows of the Past, as Jackie Delaney with Nicholas Campbell. In 1995, she starred with Scott Valentine in Object of Obsession as Margaret, a woman taken hostage by her mysterious new lover. Her last movie was in 2000 in the film Ascension.[citation needed]

Anderson has made many guest appearances on TV shows from Silk Stalkings, Dream On, Twin Peaks, to Red Shoe Diaries (Liar's Tale). The 5-foot 11-inch brunette modeled for various fashion magazines, as well as for photographers Helmut Newton, Douglas Sutter, and sculptor Robert Graham. She has appeared on the cover of at-least five magazines. In 2010 Anderson appeared in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.[citation needed] Anderson was also featured in articles in such magazines as the May 1991 Premiere Magazine, (pages 38–42) by Phoebe Hoban, the January 1991 Elle, as well as ITC Entertainment's press kit for the 1991 movie Zandalee.


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Protect and Surf Betty Television film
1989 Christine Cromwell Television series
Episode: "Easy Come, Easy Go"
1989 A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child Greta Gibson Feature film
1990 Twin Peaks Selena Swift / Jade / Emerald Television series; recurring role
1991 Shadows of the Past Jackie Delaney Television film
1991 Visitors from the Unknown Nordic Alien Television film
1991 Zandalee Zandalee Martin Feature film
1993 Quake Jenny Video
1993 Red Shoe Diaries Jo Television series
Episode: "Liar's Tale"
1995 Object of Obsession Margaret Feature film
1996 Club VR Shula Direct-to-video
1998 October 22 Maggie Feature film
1999 Ballad of the Nightingale Isadora Feature film
2000 Ascension Sarah Feature film

Magazine covers[edit]

  • Starter Italy 9 September 1991
  • Mirabella (Canada) November 1990, vol. 2, iss. 6
  • King (Italy) November 1990, iss. 33
  • Longevity (USA) December 1989, vol. 2, Iss. 3
  • Taxi April 1989
  • Moda (Italy) November 1991
  • Health(USA) May–June 1995

Other appearances[edit]

Anderson is shown on the cover of the EP "Embarrassing Love Songs Two: Greta Gibson Forever" by singer/songwriter Nicole Dollanganger. This is a reference to her role in A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.


  1. ^ Michael Smith (April 30, 2010). "'Street' school". Tulsa World. 
  2. ^ a b WOLFE, RON (11 August 1989). "Tulsan welcomed to `Nightmare'". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  3. ^ Johnston, Christopher (26 July 1991). "Hidden Agenda a controversial thriller". Medicine Hat News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 2 February 2018. 

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