Luana Anders

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Luana Anders
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.


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.


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