The Info List - Anita Morris

Anita Rose Morris (March 14, 1943 – March 2, 1994) was an American actress, singer and dancer. She began her career performing on Broadway musicals, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Seesaw and Nine, for which she received Tony Award
Tony Award
nomination.[1] During her career, Morris had starring roles in a number of films, include The Hotel New Hampshire (1984), Absolute Beginners (1986), Ruthless People
Ruthless People
(1986), Aria (1987), 18 Again!
18 Again!
(1988), Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989) and A Sinful Life
A Sinful Life
(1989). She had a leading roles in two short-lived television series in 1980s: NBC prime time soap opera Berrenger's
(1985), and Fox sitcom Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1987).


1 Career 2 Life and death 3 Filmography 4 References 5 External links

Career[edit] Among many roles, Morris's most prominent film role was as Carol Dodsworth, the mistress to Danny DeVito, in Ruthless People
Ruthless People
and for her sensual performance as Carla in the musical Nine opposite Raul Julia. While nominated for a Best Featured Actress Tony Award
Tony Award
as Carla, she lost to Liliane Montevecchi, also in Nine. 21 years later, Jane Krakowski
Jane Krakowski
won the Tony Award
Tony Award
in the same category as Morris, playing Carla in a revival with Antonio Banderas. Her signature number in Nine was "A Call from the Vatican", and she also sang "Simple", late in act two. She was scheduled to perform the former at the Tony Awards in 1982, but the television censors found her outfit too revealing. Her stage work began in the American Mime Theatre, and carried her to Broadway both for Nine, Jesus Christ Superstar, Seesaw, The Magic Show
The Magic Show
(cast album and video/DVD), Sugar Babies (replacement for the "Soubrette" originated by Ann Jillian) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.[2] Morris portrayed Rob Lowe's lover Rhonda Ray in The Hotel New Hampshire (1984). Other film work included The Happy Hooker (1975), Maria's Lovers
Maria's Lovers
(1984), Absolute Beginners (1986) with David Bowie, Blue City (1986) with Judd Nelson, Ruthless People
Ruthless People
(1986) with Danny DeVito and Bette Midler, 18 Again!
18 Again!
(1988) with George Burns, Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989) with Madonna and Matt Dillon, A Sinful Life (1989), Martians Go Home (1989) with Randy Quaid, Off and Running (1991) with Cyndi Lauper, Little Miss Millions
Little Miss Millions
(1993) with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Me and the Kid (1993), and Radioland Murders
Radioland Murders
(1994), which was her final film role. During the 1980s and early 1990s, she played guest roles in sitcoms and dramas, including Miami Vice, Who's the Boss?, Murder, She Wrote, Cheers, Melrose Place, Matlock, Tales from the Crypt, Murphy Brown
Murphy Brown
and A Different World. In 1984, Morris appeared in The Rolling Stones' music video "She Was Hot". Life and death[edit] Morris was born in Durham, North Carolina
Durham, North Carolina
to Eloise (née Chappell), who was involved [clarification needed] in theater, and James Badgett Morris, a doctor.[3][4][5] She was married to Grover Dale in 1973 and had a son, James Badge Dale. She developed ovarian cancer in 1980, and was given only five years to live. She lived for another fourteen years before she died on March 2, 1994 and was buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Durham, North Carolina. Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1972 The Broad Coalition Sheila Saunders Feature film

1975 The Happy Hooker May Smith Feature film

1980 Big Blonde Bootsie Television film

1980 The Magic Show Charmin Feature film

1981 So Fine So Fine Dancer Feature film

1984 The Hotel New Hampshire Ronda Ray Feature film

1984 Maria's Lovers Mrs. Wynic Feature film

1985 Berrenger's Babs Berrenger Television series • Season 1 (all 12 episodes)

1986 A Masterpiece of Murder Lola Crane Television film

1986 Absolute Beginners Dido Lament Feature film

1986 Blue City Malvina Kerch-Turner Feature film

1986 Ruthless People Carol Feature film

1986 A Smoky Mountain Christmas Jezebel Television film

1987 Down and Out in Beverly Hills Barbara Whiteman Television series • Season 1 (all 13 episodes)

1987 Cheers Madeline Keith Television series • Season 5, Episode 19: "Dog Bites Cliff"

1987 Aria Phoebe Feature film (segment: "Rigoletto")

1987 Miami Vice Leona Proverb Television series • Season 4, Episode 2: "Amen... Send Money"

1988 18 Again! Madeline Feature film

1989 Murder, She Wrote Leona Schubert Television series • Season 5, Episode 11: "The Search for Peter Kerry"

1989 Who's the Boss? Betty Television series • Season 5, Episode 13: "Cardinal Sin"

1989 Bloodhounds of Broadway Miss Missouri Martin Feature film

1989 A Sinful Life Claire Vin Blance Feature film

1989 Matlock Catherine McKay Television series • Season 4, Episode 7: "The Star"

1990 Martians Go Home Dr. Jane Buchanan Feature film

1990 Good Grief Zumaya Television series • Season 1, Episode 5: "Mooses, Masons and the Secret Life of Trees"

1990 WIOU Frances Frazier Television series • Season 1, Episode 5: "One Point, No Light"

1991 Tales from the Crypt Fuchsia Monroe Television series • Season 3, Episode 13: "Spoiled"

1991 Off and Running Florence Feature film

1991 Pros and Cons Marge Television series • Season 1, Episode 7: "Murder Most Perfect"

1992 Eerie, Indiana Eunice Danforth/Marshall Teller Television series • Season 1, Episode 15: "No Brain, No Pain"

1992 Melrose Place Stella Rivers Television series • Season 1, Episode 10: "Burned"

1992 Matlock Elaine Genrich Television series • Season 7, Episodes 3 & 4: "The Legacy" (2 parts)

1992 A Different World Joni Brooks Television series • Season 6, Episode 13: "White Christmas"

1993 Trade Winds Contessa Laetitia Philips Gabetti Miniseries (all 3 episodes)

1993 Major Dad Connie Television series • Season 4, Episode 16: "Colonel and Truth"

1993 Little Miss Millions Sybil Lofton Feature film

1993 Me and the Kid Mrs. Feldman Feature film

1994 Radioland Murders Claudette Katsenback Feature film (posthumous release)


^ Staff, Legacy (2 March 2014). "Anita Morris: Femme Fatal". Retrieved 29 November 2017.  ^ League, The Broadway. " Anita Morris – Broadway Cast & Staff - IBDB". www.ibdb.com. Retrieved 29 November 2017.  ^ Collins, Glenn (1994-03-04). "Anita Morris, 50, Actress in Theater And Movies, Dies". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29.  ^ "Obituaries, April 12, 2014 Obituaries". Heraldsun.com. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-29.  ^ "James Badge Dale". Connection.ebscohost.com. Retrieved 2016-03-29. 

External links[edit]

Anita Morris on IMDb Anita Morris at the TCM Movie Database Anita Morris at AllMovie Anita Morris at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Anita Morris at Find a Grave

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