Trudi Ames

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Trudi Ames
Trudi Ames as Ursula in the trailer for 1963 film Bye Bye Birdie
Born Trudi Ziskind
Occupation Child actress
Life coach
Spouse(s) Steven R Lenenberg (1971-1974; divorced)

Trudi Ames (born Trudi Ziskind) is a former actress most notable for her uncredited but memorable role in Bye Bye Birdie as Kim's best friend Ursula. She also had a notable role as Libby in Gidget Goes to Rome and was an extra in Gypsy. In a TV special on January 7, 1965, she was named by ABC as one of the twelve most promising young actresses. She later appeared on such television series as The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Make Room for Daddy, Green Acres and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Personal life[edit]

The daughter of Louis Ziskind, a social worker for Los Angeles' Jewish Committee for Personal Service, Ames married Steven R. Lenenberg in 1971; the couple divorced in 1974.[1]

Post-acting career[edit]

Her post-acting life has included teaching in the Los Angeles area public schools for twenty years, and working for the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1978-83 as a brakeman and locomotive engineer.[2]

As Prashant Ziskind, she has worked as a life transitions coach, particularly for creative people including performance artists.[3]



  1. ^ "Louis Ziskind, 98; started hospital to treat mental illness". 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  2. ^ "Atlantis". 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  3. ^ Rick Benzel. "Inspiring Creativity: An Anthology of Powerful Insights and Practical Ideas". Retrieved 2016-08-17. 

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