Actress Anne Jeffreys Has Died

Actress Anne Jeffries died September 27 in Los Angeles home at the age of 94. She died peacefully in her sleep.

Anne_Jeffreys_1955By Bill Doll and Company, New York (publicity agency) – eBayfrontback, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30911252

She was cremated and their ashes placed in the same urn as her husband who pre-deceased her in 2006.

Anne_Jeffreys_Robert_Sterling_Topper_1956By Bureau of Industrial Service. This was a division of ad agency Young & Rubicam and was widely used by the television industry for distributing publicity material. – eBayfrontback, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32467180

An actor on the stage and screen, Jeffreys is best known for her role as the snobby socialite Amanda Barrington. Jeffreys reprised the role of Barrington on the “General Hospital” spin off “Port Charles”.

She also played Marion Kerby in the spectral comedy “Topper” with her husband Robert Sterling.

Her on stage credits include performing “Tosca” at the Brooklyn Opera House. On Broadway she appeared in “Street Scene”, “My Romance”, “Kiss Me Kate”, and Three Wishes for Jamie”.

Jeffrey’s career spanned over 70 years with her on screen debut in 1942 as Sally in “Billy the Kid Trapped”. From there she went to appear in nearly 90 film and television productions including “The Man from Thunder River”, the original “Dick Tracy”, “Riff-Raff”, 13 episodes of “Love that Jill”, “Wagon Train”, “Dr. Kildare”, “Bonanza”, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, “Tarzan”, “My Three Sons”, “Love, American Style”, the original “Battlestar Galactica”, “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”, “Fantasy Island”, “Falcon Crest”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Baywatch” as Irene Buchannon (David Hasselhoff’s mom), the Duchess of York in “Richard III”, and her final role in 2013 in “Getting On”.

As herself, Jeffreys appeared in dozens of programs including variety shows, the Tournament of Roses parade, game shows, and award shows.

She was born Annie Jeffreys Carmichael on January 26,1923 in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Her mother had wanted to be an opera singer and taught young Annie how to sing. Jeffreys married Joseph Robert Serena in 1945 but the marriage was later annulled. She married Robert Sterling in 1951. The couple were married for over 50 years and had three sons.

Jeffreys is survived by her children – Jeff, Dana and Tyler -, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.


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