Mary Anderson (actress, born 1918)
|Born||Mary Bebe Anderson
April 3, 1918
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
|Died||April 6, 2014
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Other names||Mary B. Anderson|
|Spouse(s)||Leonard M. Behrens
(m. 1940–1950; divorced)
(m. 1953–1974; his death; 1 child)
Mary Bebe Anderson (April 3, 1918 – April 6, 2014) was an American actress, who appeared in 31 films and 22 television productions between 1939 and 1965. She was best known for her small supporting role in the film Gone With the Wind as well as one of the main characters in Alfred Hitchcock's 1943 film Lifeboat.
After two uncredited roles, she made her first important screen appearance in Gone With the Wind (1939). After auditioning as one of the 1,400 actresses involved in the search for Scarlett, she received the supporting role of Maybelle Merriwether.
In 1944, she played Alice the nurse, one of the ten characters in the Alfred Hitchcock film Lifeboat. Ending her film career in the early 1950s, she occasionally acted on television, for example as Catherine Harrington on Peyton Place in 1964 (episodes 2-20). She made a guest appearance in Perry Mason as Arlene Scott in "The Case of the Rolling Bones" (1958).
Anderson was married to Leonard M. Behrens from 1940 to 1950. Her second marriage was to cinematographer Leon Shamroy from 1953 until his death in 1974. They had one child, Anderson Alexander Shamroy, who died July 1, 1956 at the age of two months. Mary Anderson died on April 6, 2014 in Burbank, California, three days after her 96th birthday. She was under hospice care and died in a condo in Toluca Lake that she shared with her long-time companion, Gordon Carnon. Her death left two surviving credited Gone With the Wind cast members, Mickey Kuhn and Olivia de Havilland, who played the roles of Beau Wilkes and Melanie Hamilton, respectively.
Actresses with the same name
- The Woman (1939) - Young Girl (uncredited)
- Gone With the Wind (1939) - Maybelle Merriwether
- 'Til We Meet Again (1940) - Girl (uncredited)
- Flight Angels (1940) - Daisy Lou
- The Sea Hawk (1940) - Maid of Honor (uncredited)
- All This, and Heaven Too (1940) - Rebecca Jay
- My Love Came Back (1940) - Woman Mistaken for Amelia by Tony (uncredited)
- A Dispatch from Reuter's (1940) - Girl with Max (uncredited)
- Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941) - Amy Saunders
- Under Age (1941) - Edie Baird
- Henry Aldrich for President (1941) - Phyllis Michael
- Bahama Passage (1941) - Mary Ainsworth
- Henry and Dizzy (1942) - Phyillis Michael
- The Song of Bernadette (1943) - Jeanne Abadie
- Lifeboat (1944) - Alice MacKenzie
- The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) - (uncredited)
- Wilson (1944) - Eleanor Wilson
- Within These Walls (1945) - Anne Howland
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) - (uncredited)
- Behind Green Lights (1946) - Nora Bard
- To Each His Own (1946) - Corinne Piersen
- Whispering City (1947) - Mary Roberts
- The Asphalt Jungle (1950) - Police Broadcaster (voice, uncredited)
- The Underworld Story (1950) - Molly Rankin
- Last of the Buccaneers (1950) - Swallow
- Hunt the Man Down (1950) - Alice McGuire / Peggy Linden
- Chicago Calling (1951) - Mary Cannon
- Passage West (1951) - Myra Johnson
- One Big Affair (1952) - Hilda Jones
- I, the Jury (1953) - Eileen Vickers
- Dangerous Crossing (1953) - Anna Quinn
- Jet Over the Atlantic (1959) - Maria
- Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (1980) - Old Lady in Music Store (uncredited) (final film role)
- Mary B. Anderson as per United States census (Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: 23; Page: 39B; Enumeration District: 13; Image: 794.0; FHL microfilm: 2339758. Ancestry.com.
1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Friend Mickey Kuhn
- "Necrology for 2014". Nostalgia Digest. 41 (2): 16–23. Spring 2015.
- Noland, Claire (April 7, 2014). "Mary Anderson dies at 96; actress had role in 'Gone With the Wind'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
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