Lani O'Grady

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Lani O'Grady
Born Lanita Rose Agrati
(1954-10-02)October 2, 1954
Walnut Creek, California, US
Died September 25, 2001(2001-09-25) (aged 46)
Valencia, California, US
Cause of death Drug overdose
Resting place Remains scattered 6 miles off the coast of Dana Point, California, US
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Years active 1969–1990
Television Eight Is Enough
Parent(s) Lou A. Agrati,
Mary B. Grady (née Castellino)
Family Don Grady (brother)

Lani O'Grady (October 2, 1954 – September 25, 2001) was an American actress and talent agent.[1] She is best-remembered for her role as Mary Bradford, the eldest sister from Eight Is Enough.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] She was the sister of actor/musician Don Grady, one of the original Mouseketeers and a cast member of My Three Sons.[2] Even as a youngster, she had a low-pitched voice.[2]


Young Lani began acting at age 13 with a role in the television series The High Chaparral.[2] 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.[2] 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

In December 1998, she entered the Thalians Mental Health Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for detoxification.[1]


O'Grady died in her mobile home in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, at age 46 on September 25, 2001.[2] 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.[3]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
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
1975 Harry O Jean
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


  1. ^ a b c d "Lani O'Grady". 2001-10-01. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f 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. 
  3. ^ "Actress O'Grady Died From Overdose". Associated Press. 2002-01-17. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 

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