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Anne Jeffreys

Date of passing: 
September 27, 2017

Anne Jeffreys was an actress best known as one of the stars of the 1950s' television comedy Topper.

Based on the 1937 movie of the same name, Topper starred Cary Grant and Constance Bennett as George and Marion Kerby, a married couple who die in an accident and amuse themselves in the afterlife by haunting their former home, which is now occupied by a stuffy banker named Cosmo Topper.

In the series, Jeffreys played Marion Kerby; her real-life husband, Robert Sterling, played George. Leo G. Carroll portrayed Topper.

Anne Jeffreys was an actress best known as one of the stars of the 1950s' television comedy Topper.

Based on the 1937 movie of the same name, Topper starred Cary Grant and Constance Bennett as George and Marion Kerby, a married couple who die in an accident and amuse themselves in the afterlife by haunting their former home, which is now occupied by a stuffy banker named Cosmo Topper.

In the series, Jeffreys played Marion Kerby; her real-life husband, Robert Sterling, played George. Leo G. Carroll portrayed Topper.

Born in North Carolina, Jeffreys got her start in show business as a singer and model before shifting her focus to acting.

Her first film credit came in 1942, with a part in the western Billy the Kid Trapped. She appeared in more than 20 other films during the 1940s, including I Married an Angel, Step Lively, Dillinger, Dick Tracy and Riff-Raff.

She also worked in the theater, including four Broadway productions: Street Scene, My Romance, Kiss Me, Kate and Three Wishes for Jamie.

Topper aired on CBS from 1953 to 1955. Other television credits in the years that followed included Lux Video Theatre, Love That Jill, The Bob Cummings Show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Dr. Kildare, Bonanza, My Three Sons, Vega$, Fantasy Island, Falcon Crest, Finder of Lost Loves, Baywatch, Port Charles and General Hospital.

Jeffreys died on September 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. She was 94.

 

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