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Menzies and Gregory Harrison in Logan's Run.
December 3, 1949 |
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Spouse(s)||John Cluett (1969–1973)
Robert Urich (1975–2002; his death)
Heather Menzies Urich (born December 3, 1949) is a Canadian-born American actress best known for her roles as Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film The Sound of Music and Jessica 6 in the TV series Logan's Run.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Menzies moved to California, via Florida, at the age of 11. She enrolled at the Falcon Studio’s University of the Arts, in Hollywood. Her first professional role at the age of 13 was on My Three Sons. Directly after that, she auditioned for and won the role of Louisa von Trapp in The Sound of Music.
Menzies again worked with Julie Andrews in the film Hawaii and, at 16, traveled east to star in the Broadway play We Have Always Lived In The Castle with Shirley Knight. The production opened at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., and showed for a lengthy run at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York City.
Menzies guest-starred in several television series during the 1970s and 1980s and did several television pilots and movies for television, including Tail Gunner Joe with Peter Boyle and James Dean: Portrait of a Friend with Stephen McHattie, Michael Brandon and Amy Irving. She starred in the popular cult favorite SSSSSSS with Strother Martin and Dirk Benedict, in the series Logan's Run with Gregory Harrison, and in the film Piranha with Bradford Dillman.
She was married to actor John Cluett for four years before divorcing in 1973. Menzies met her second husband, Robert Urich, while acting with him in a Libby’s Corned Beef Hash commercial. The couple acted together in S.W.A.T., Vega$ and Spenser For Hire, as well as many other television shows and a theatrical film, Endangered Species. They couple also co-starred in theatrical productions, including The Hasty Heart, a production at the Burt Reynolds Playhouse, in Jupiter, Florida. The play achieved substantial acclaim, including a run at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C., with President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan in attendance. Menzies and Urich were married 27 years until his death in 2002 from synovial sarcoma, a type of cancer. Menzies is herself an ovarian cancer survivor.
Menzies appeared in the nude pictorial "Tender Trapp" in the August 1973 issue of Playboy. She lives in Canada with her adopted daughter Allison, and has two adult children, Ryan and Emily. She also has two grandchildren, Michelle (born 2004) and Lana (born 2005).
She works with the Urich Fund for Sarcoma Research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
- The Sound of Music (1965)
- Hawaii (1966)
- How Sweet It Is! (1968)
- Hail, Hero! (1969)
- The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
- Sssssss (1973)
- Red, White and Busted (1975)
- Piranha (1978)
- Endangered Species (1982)
- "The Farmer's Daughter" (1964)
- "Dragnet" (1967) as Ann Flynn, Edna Mae Dixon ("Blue Boy" episode), and others.
- "Marcus Welby, M.D." (1969)
- "The High Chaparral" (1969)
- "To Rome With Love" (1970)
- "Bonanza" (1970)
- "The Smith Family" (1971)
- "Alias Smith and Jones" (1971)
- "Love, American Style" (1971) Segment: "Love and the Motel Mixup"
- "Man in the Middle" (1972)
- "The Bob Newhart Show" (1973)
- "Doctor Dan" (1974)
- "S.W.A.T." (1975)
- "James Dean" (1976)
- "Barnaby Jones" (1976)
- "Logan's Run" (1977–1978) as Jessica
- "The Love Boat" (1978)
- "Captain America" (1979)
- "Vega$" (1979–1981) as Charlotte Henderson
- "Gavilan" (1982)
- "T.J. Hooker" (1984)
- "Spenser: For Hire" (1987)
- Official site
- Heather Menzies at the Internet Movie Database
- Heather Menzies at the Internet Broadway Database