Sue Ane Langdon

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Template:Infobox person Sue Ane Langdon DID play the part of Nurse Mary Simpson on Andy Griffith. However Mary Simpson was also portrayed by Julie Adams in another episode of the series. Sue Ane Langdon (born Sue Lookhoff; March 8, 1936) is an American actress. She began her performing career singing at Radio City Music Hall and acting in stage productions. In the mid-1960s, she appeared in the Broadway musical The Apple Tree,[1] which starred Alan Alda. Her co-starring role on Arnie starring Herschel Bernardi for two seasons, 1970-72, won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Television.

In 1976, she appeared in Hello Dolly at The Little Theatre on the Square.[2] She was featured in many comedies as well as the occasional dramatic film. She appeared in a pair of Elvis Presley movies, Roustabout and Frankie and Johnny.


Early life[edit]

Langdon was born in Paterson, New Jersey to Albert G. Lookhoff (February 26, 1901 – May 1, 1938) and Grace (née Huddle; January 12, 1908 – November 21, 1980). Grace Lookhoff, an operatic soprano, studied music at Washington University in Saint Louis and Juilliard. Her opera performances, beginning with her New York debut in Lewisohn Stadium, included appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Three Choirs Festival (Worcester, Massachusetts), the Coolidge Festival (Washington, D.C.), and the Saint Louis Municipal Opera. Grace's teaching career indicates a timeline of where her daughter grew up.

Sue Ane was enrolled at the University of North Texas. She was also briefly enrolled full-time at Idaho State University.[3]


Langdon's film debut came in The Great Impostor (1961), starring Tony Curtis. Langdon went on to have leading roles in films such as The Rounders (1965), Hold On! (1966), A Guide for the Married Man (1967), A Man Called Dagger (1967), The Cheyenne Social Club (1970), and A Fine Madness (1966)[4] which led to her posing nude for Playboy magazine. In 1966, United Artists Pictures released Frankie and Johnny in which Langdon co-starred along with Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas and Harry Morgan. Her later films included The Evictors (1979), Without Warning (1980), Zapped! (1982), and UHF (1989).

Langdon with Andy Griffith, 1962.

Langdon was the third actress to play Alice Kramden in Jackie Gleason's The Honeymooners sketches and shows, preceded by Pert Kelton and Audrey Meadows and followed by Sheila MacRae and Meadows again. She shared a Life magazine cover with Gleason, but played the role only briefly in the 1960s version, during the American Scene Magazine era, before MacRae took over the role for the color, hour-long musical versions.[5]

She appeared as Kitty Marsh during the NBC portion (1959–1961) of Bachelor Father. The next year, she appeared twice on Rod Cameron's syndicated crime drama COronado 9. In 1961 she made her first of three appearances on Perry Mason as Rowena Leach in "The Case of the Crying Comedian". In 1962, she appeared as nurse Mary Simpson in an episode of CBS's The Andy Griffith Show. (There were two actresses that played the part of Nurse Mary on the Andy Griffith Show; one was Sue Ane Langdon, the other was Julie Adams.) and as Kate Tassel in The "Catawomper" episode of Gunsmoke. She made her second guest appearance on Perry Mason in 1964 as murder victim Bonnie in "The Case of the Scandalous Sculptor." Her third Perry Mason appearance was in the 1966 episode "The Case of the Avenging Angel" as Dorothy (Dotty) Merrill. She made guest appearances in many other TV programs including Bourbon Street Beat, Room for One More, Mannix, Thriller, Bonanza, Ironside, McHale's Navy, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Banacek, The Wild Wild West, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Three's Company, The Love Boat and Happy Days.

Langdon was presented one of the Golden Boot Awards in 2003 for her contributions to western television and cinema.

Personal life[edit]

Sue Ane Lookhoff married Jack Emrek (born Robert J. Hanusek; 1920–2010) on April 4, 1959 in Las Vegas, Nevada.[6] The couple remained married until his death on April 27, 2010, in Calabasas, California. Emrek was a motion picture, stage and television director.[7]


  1. ^ "The Apple Tree". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ Shervey PhD, Beth; Palmer, Peter (2000). The Little Theatre on the Square: Four Decades of a Small-Town Equity Theatre. Southern Illinois University Press. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-8093-2354-8. 
  3. ^ Alumni Records, Idaho State University
  4. ^ Lisanti, Tom (2001). Fantasy Femmes of 60's Cinema: Interviews with 20 Actresses from Biker, Beach, and Elvis Movies. McFarland & Company. pp. 290–291. ISBN 978-0-7864-0868-9. 
  5. ^ "Sue Ane Langdon profile". The New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ [1], Nevada Marriage Index, 1956–2005,; accessed April 6, 2015.
  7. ^ "Actress Comes Home for Visit in Texas". The Dallas Morning News. February 21, 1961. 

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