As Claudette Katzenback in Radioland Murders (1994)
|Born||Anita Rose Morris
March 14, 1943
Durham, North Carolina
|Died||March 2, 1994
Los Angeles, California
|Cause of death||Ovarian cancer|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer|
|Spouse(s)||Grover Dale (m. 1973)|
|Children||James Badge Dale|
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 nomination.
During her career, Morris had starring roles in a number of films, include The Hotel New Hampshire (1984), Absolute Beginners (1986), Ruthless People (1986), Aria (1987), 18 Again! (1988), Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989) and 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).
Among many roles, Morris's most prominent film role was as Carol Dodsworth, the mistress to Danny DeVito, in 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 as Carla, she lost to Liliane Montevecchi, also in Nine. 21 years later, Jane Krakowski won the 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 (cast album and video/DVD), Sugar Babies (replacement for the "Soubrette" originated by Ann Jillian) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
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 (1984), Absolute Beginners (1986) with David Bowie, Blue City (1986) with Judd Nelson, Ruthless People (1986) with Danny DeVito and Bette Midler, 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 (1993) with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Me and the Kid (1993), and 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 and A Different World. In 1984, Morris appeared in The Rolling Stones' music video "She Was Hot".
Morris was born in Durham, North Carolina to Eloise (née Chappell), who was involved [clarification needed] in theater, and James Badgett Morris, a doctor. 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.
|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)|
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