Broadway, film & TV star for 60+ years, best known for roles in TV series’ “Topper”, and “General Hospital”, last person to dance onscreen with Fred Astaire
Description: (1923-2017) Actress and singer, played the female lead in the 1950s TV series Topper with husband, Robert Jeffreys, married to him 1951 to his 2006 death.
She joined the New York Municipal Opera Company on a scholarship and sang the lead at Carnegie Hall in La Boheme, La Traviata, and Pagliacci. Her plans for an opera career were sidelined when she was cast in a stage musical review, Fun for the Money which led to being cast in her 1st film role, I Married an Angel (1942) with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. She was under contract with RKO and Republic Studios during the 1940s, including several appearances as Tess Truehart in the Dick Tracy series and the 1944 Frank Sinatra musical Step Lively. She also appeared in some western films and as bank robber John Dillinger’s moll in 1945’s Dillinger. When her Hollywood career faltered, she focused on the stage, playing lead roles on Broadway in the 1947 opera Street Scene, Cole Porter’s 1948 musical Kiss Me, Kate (replacing Patricia Morison), and the 1952 musical Three Wishes for Jamie. With husband Robert Sterling, she appeared in the 1953-55 CBS sitcom Topper, billed in a voiceover as “the ghostess with the mostest”.
In late 1957, Jeffreys & Sterling played in an episode in the 1st season of NBC’s popular Wagon Train. After semi-retirement in the 60s, she appeared in episodes of such TV series as Love, American Style (with Sterling), L.A. Law, and Murder, She Wrote. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in The Delphi Bureau (1972) and starred in the 1984-85 series Finder of Lost Loves. She also appeared in Baywatch (as David Hasselhoff’s mother) and had a recurring role on Falcon Crest as Amanda Croft. In 1979, she guest starred on a Battlestar Galactica episode with Fred Astaire, the last person to dance with him onscreen. Her most recent career was in daytime TV, appearing on the soap opera General Hospital 1984-2004 in the recurring role of wealthy socialite Amanda Barrington. Jeffreys received a 1960 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Signed 4 ½ x 6 light blue autograph album page (in person signature), identification and 1972 date at left edge vertical in collector’s hand
Condition: Very good, identification & date can be severed for matting & framing