|Born||Lanita Rose Agrati
October 2, 1954
Walnut Creek, California, US
|Died||September 25, 2001
Valencia, California, US
|Cause of death||Drug overdose|
|Resting place||Remains scattered in Hawaii|
|Television||Eight Is Enough|
|Parent(s)||Lou A. Agrati,
Mary B. Grady (née Castellino)
|Family||Don Grady (brother)|
O'Grady was born Lanita Rose Agrati in Walnut Creek, California, to Lou A. Agrati and to Mary B. Grady (née Castellino), a children's talent agent. She was the sister of actor/musician Don Grady, one of the original Mouseketeers and a cast member of My Three Sons. Even as a youngster, she had a low-pitched voice.
Young Lani began acting at age 13 with a role in the television series The High Chaparral. In the early 1970s, she appeared on Harry O and had a role in the 1975 television movie Cage Without a Key, starring Susan Dey. In 1976, she co-starred in the feature film Massacre at Central High along with Kimberly Beck (who appeared as Nancy in the Eight Is Enough pilot).
The following year, Lani landed the role of Mary Bradford in the ABC series Eight Is Enough and changed her name to O'Grady. She appeared in 112 episodes of the series. She also reprised the role of Mary Bradford in two Eight Is Enough reunion television movies in 1987 and 1989.
After the series ended in 1981, O'Grady had a role in the 1982 television movie The Kid with the Broken Halo starring Gary Coleman. Her last acting role was as Mrs. Kramer in the soap opera Days of Our Lives in 1990.
After suffering from agoraphobia and memory blackouts in the early 1990s, O'Grady retired from acting and became a talent agent. She also began taking nonnarcotic medication for a diagnosed brain chemical imbalance. In a 1994 interview with the Los Angeles Times, O'Grady said she had suffered from panic attacks since the age of 18 but was not diagnosed with panic disorder until she was 21. She also admitted that she abused prescription drugs and alcohol, including Valium.
O'Grady died in her mobile home in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, at age 46 on September 25, 2001. An autopsy revealed toxic levels of the painkiller Vicodin and antidepressant Prozac in her bloodstream, and the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said she died of "multiple drug intoxication," although the coroner was unable to determine if her death was an accident or suicide.
|1969||High Chaparral, TheThe High Chaparral||Penny||Episode: "Time of Your Life"|
|1970||Headmaster, TheThe Headmaster||Judy||Episode: "Count the Ways I Love You"|
|1973||Delphi Bureau, TheThe Delphi Bureau||Girl||Episode: "The Face That Never Was Project"|
|1975||Cage Without a Key||Noreen||TV movie|
|Episode: "Street Games"
Episode: "Exercise in Fatality"
|1976||Baby Blue Marine||Girl #2|
|1976||Massacre at Central High||Jane|
|1977||Hazing, TheThe Hazing||Campus Girl|
|1977-1981||Eight Is Enough||Mary Bradford||112 episodes|
|1979||Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat||Robin||1 episode|
|1980||Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat||Maude Victor||2 episodes|
|1982||Quincy M.E.||Zanger's Customer (uncredited)||Episode: "Bitter Pill"|
|1982||Kid with the Broken Halo, TheThe Kid with the Broken Halo||Julie McNulty||TV movie|
|1987||Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion||Mary Bradford||TV movie|
|1989||Eight Is Enough Wedding, AnAn Eight Is Enough Wedding||Mary Bradford||TV movie|
|1990||Days of Our Lives||Mrs. Kramer||TV series|
- "Lani O'Grady". Variety.com. 2001-10-01. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
- Mclellan, Dennis (2001-09-27). "Lani O'Grady, 46; Actress Played Daughter on TV's 'Eight Is Enough'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
- "Actress O'Grady Died From Overdose". Highbeam.com. Associated Press. 2002-01-17. Retrieved 2009-03-04.