Mary Anderson (actress, born 1918)

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Mary Anderson
Anderson in 1944
Mary Bebe Anderson

(1918-04-03)April 3, 1918
DiedApril 6, 2014(2014-04-06) (aged 96)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
Other namesMary B. Anderson[1]
Years active1939–1965
Leonard M. Behrens
(m. 1940; div. 1950)
(m. 1953; died 1974)
FamilyJames Anderson (brother)

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 1944 film Lifeboat.[2]

Early life[edit]

Anderson's younger brother James Anderson (1921–1969) was also an actor, best known as Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). They appeared in one film together, 1951's Hunt the Man Down.


Anderson in Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941)

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.

Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944) with Hume Cronyn, Henry Hull, Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Anderson and Canada Lee
Anderson with actor Charles Russell in Behind Green Lights (1946)

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).

Personal life[edit]

Anderson died on April 6, 2014, in Burbank, California, of a stroke,[3] three days after her 96th birthday.[4] She was under hospice care and died in a condo in Toluca Lake that she shared with her long-time companion, Gordon Carnon.[citation needed]

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Director Notes
1939 The Women Young Girl George Cukor uncredited
1939 Gone with the Wind Maybelle Merriwether Victor Fleming
1939 Mendelssohn's Wedding March Hilda uncredited
1940 'Til We Meet Again Girl William K. Howard uncredited
1940 Flight Angels Daisy Lou Lewis Seiler
1940 The Sea Hawk Maid of Honor Michael Curtiz uncredited
1940 All This, and Heaven Too Rebecca Jay Anatole Litvak
1940 My Love Came Back Woman Mistaken for Amelia by Tony Curtis Bernhardt uncredited
1940 A Dispatch from Reuter's Girl with Max William Dieterle uncredited
1941 Cheers for Miss Bishop Amy Saunders Tay Garnett
1941 Under Age Edie Baird Edward Dmytryk
1941 Henry Aldrich for President Phyllis Michael Hugh Bennett
1941 Bahama Passage Mary Ainsworth Edward H. Griffith
1942 Henry and Dizzy Phyillis Michael Hugh Bennett
1943 The Song of Bernadette Jeanne Abadie Henry King
1944 Lifeboat Alice MacKenzie Alfred Hitchcock
1944 The Keys of the Kingdom John M. Stahl uncredited
1944 Wilson Eleanor Wilson Henry King
1945 Within These Walls Anne Howland H. Bruce Humberstone
1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Elia Kazan uncredited
1946 Behind Green Lights Nora Bard Otto Brower
1946 To Each His Own Corinne Piersen Mitchell Leisen
1947 Whispering City Mary Roberts Fedor Ozep
1950 The Asphalt Jungle Police Broadcaster John Huston voice, uncredited
1950 The Underworld Story Molly Rankin Cy Endfield
1950 Last of the Buccaneers Swallow Lew Landers
1950 Hunt the Man Down Alice McGuire / Peggy Linden George Archainbaud
1951 Chicago Calling Mary Cannon John Reinhardt
1951 Passage West Myra Johnson
1952 One Big Affair Hilda Jones Peter Godfrey
1953 I, the Jury Eileen Vickers Harry Essex
1953 Dangerous Crossing Anna Quinn Joseph M. Newman
1959 Jet Over the Atlantic Maria Byron Haskin
1962 Lawman Martha Carson Richard C. Sarafian "S4/E37 "The Actor"
1965 Daniel Boone Marni Tolson John Florea S2/E12 "The First Beau"
1980 Cheech and Chong's Next Movie Old Lady in Music Store Tommy Chong uncredited; final film role


  1. ^ 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.
    1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 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
  2. ^ "Necrology for 2014". Nostalgia Digest. 41 (2): 16–23. Spring 2015.
  3. ^ Lentz, Harris M. III (2015). "Anderson, Mary". Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2014. McFarland. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4766-1961-3.
  4. ^ 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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