Luana Anders

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Luana Anders
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Luana Anders in trailer to Dementia 13
Born Luana Margo Anderson
(1938-05-12)May 12, 1938
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died July 21, 1996(1996-07-21) (aged 58)
Mar Vista, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death breast cancer
Occupation Film and television actress
Years active 1955–1996

Luana Anders (May 12, 1938 – July 21, 1996) was an American film and television actress.

Career[edit]

Anders, born Luana Margo Anderson, began her career appearing in several supporting roles in low budget B-movies for American International Pictures, quite a few of them directed by Roger Corman. She was part of a group of well-known actors who met in the acting class of actor Jeff Corey. Fellow thespians included Jack Nicholson, Sally Kellerman, Robert Towne and eventually Corman, who cast his early films directly out of the class which he also attended.

Anders appeared in a number of low-budget films, including starring roles in Life Begins at 17 and Reform School Girls along with Sally Kellerman. She made her broadway debut with Rex Harrison in The Reluctant Debutante directed by Peter Brooks, which was later made into a film.

Her best known performances may have been as Vincent Price's sister in Corman's The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) and as a murder victim in Francis Ford Coppola's Dementia 13 (1963). She appeared in Curtis Harrington's cult film Night Tide (1961) opposite Dennis Hopper. Hopper would later cast her as one of the hippie commune girls who go skinny dipping with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider (1969).

Anders appeared in Robert Altman's That Cold Day in the Park, which premiered in 1969 at the Cannes Film Festival. Anders' friend Jack Nicholson was being feted at the festival for Easy Rider and he made a point of attending a screening and created a media sensation for Altman's work. Nicholson worked with Anders in several of his films, including The Trip (1967), The Last Detail (1973), The Missouri Breaks (1976), Goin' South (1978), and The Two Jakes (1990). Her other film credits include roles in When the Legends Die (1972), The Killing Kind (1973), Shampoo (1975), Personal Best (1982), Movers & Shakers (1985), You Can't Hurry Love (1988), Doppelganger (1993), Wild Bill (1995), and American Strays (1996).

Her appearances were in a wide range of episodic television, including The Rifleman, Sugarfoot, in 1961, in the episode "Incident of the Running Man" on Rawhide, The Andy Griffith Show, One Step Beyond, Dragnet, in the role of Theresa Ames in the episode "The Guests" of The Outer Limits, Adam-12 and Hunter. She appeared briefly on several soap operas, including Santa Barbara in the 1991–1992 season.

As a writer, she wrote the original screenplay of Fire on the Amazon (using the pseudonym "Margo Blue") for Roger Corman starring Sandra Bullock. She also co-wrote the comedy film Limit Up for MCEG/Virgin with Richard Martini and also made a cameo in the film.

Personal life[edit]

Anders was a lifelong Buddhist and supporter of the American chapter of Soka Gakkai International (SGI). She died of breast cancer in 1996, aged 58.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1957 Reform School Girl Josie Brigg
1958 Notorious Mr. Monks, TheThe Notorious Mr. Monks Gilda Hadley
1958 Life Begins at 17 Carol Peck
1961 Night Tide Ellen Sands
1961 Pit and the Pendulum, TheThe Pit and the Pendulum Catherine Medina
1963 Young Racers, TheThe Young Racers Henny
1963 Dementia 13 Louise Haloran
1964 Sex and the College Girl Gwen
1966 Mondo Keyhole Vicky (voice)
1969 Easy Rider Lisa
1969 That Cold Day in the Park Sylvia
1971 Manipulator, TheThe Manipulator Carlotta
1972 Greaser's Palace Cholera
1972 When the Legends Die Mary
1973 Last Detail, TheThe Last Detail Donna
1973 Killing Kind, TheThe Killing Kind Louise
1975 Shampoo Devra
1978 Goin' South Lorette Anderson
1979 Paraclete The Paraclete Short
1980 Board and Care Carolyn Short
1982 Personal Best Rita Cahill
1985 Movers & Shakers Violette
1988 You Can't Hurry Love Macie Hayes
1993 Doppelganger Ginger
1994 Criminal Passion Martha
1996 American Strays Martha

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1956 Dragnet Anna Marie Harmon "The Big No Suicide"
1957 Restless Gun, TheThe Restless Gun Lucy Anne "Jody"
1958 Letter to Loretta Ellen "Time of Decision"
1959 Cimarron City Nancy Tucker "Child of Fear"
1959 Rifleman, TheThe Rifleman Lisabeth Bishop "Shivaree"
1959 M Squad Lola Green "The Harpes"
1959 Sugarfoot Princess "The Avengers"
1959 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Alice Denning "The Burning Girl"
1960 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Joan Goss "The Voice"
1960 Lawman Ellie Phelan "The Swamper"
1961 Islanders, TheThe Islanders Trina "To Bell a Cat"
1961 Rawhide Maddy Trager "Incident of the Running Man"
1962 Ben Casey Lorraine Walenchek "And Eve Wore a Veil of Tears"
1963 Ben Casey Ann Bentley "Dispel the Black Cyclone That Shakes the Throne"
1963 Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh Hour Cathy Lewis "Try to Keep Alive Until Next Tuesday"
1963 Greatest Show on Earth, TheThe Greatest Show on Earth Margaret "The Wrecker"
1964 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Theresa "Tess" Ames "The Guests"
1966 Vacation Playhouse Sybil Rockefeller "My Lucky Penny"
1967 Andy Griffith Show, TheThe Andy Griffith Show Miss Clark "A Visit to Barney Fife", "Barney Comes to Mayberry"
1966 That Girl Shirley McChesney "Don't Just Do Something, Stand There"
1967 That Girl Beryl "Leaving the Nest Is for the Birds"
1967 Accidental Family Esther "What Is This - Thanksgiving or a Nightmare?'
1967 Dragnet 1967 Noradelle De Leone "The Big Dog"
1968 Dragnet 1967 Anna Marie Harmon "The Suicide Attempt"
1968 Hawaii Five-O Maggie "...And They Painted Daisies on His Coffin"
1968 Adam-12 Jane Tipton "Log 111: The Boa Constrictor"
1969 My Friend Tony Louise "Computer Murder"
1969 Mayberry R.F.D. Violet "Goober and the Telephone Girl"
1970 Dragnet 1967 Eula Van Meter "Burglary: The Dognappers"
1971 Ironside Nina Loring "The Target"
1972 Evil Roy Slade Alice Fern TV film
1972 Bonanza Julie "Forever"
1972 Mannix Angie McCall "Lost Sunday"
1974 Firehouse Dawn "Strike, Spare, and Burn"
1977 Little House on the Prairie Lottie McGinins "Blizzard"
1978 Next Step Beyond, TheThe Next Step Beyond Harriet Jessup "The Love Connection"
1990 Hunter Sarah Farrell "Second Sight"
1991 Switched at Birth Nurse Ames TV film
1991-92 Santa Barbara Rona TV series
1992 In Sickness and in Health Dorothy TV film

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