Where Are They Now - Friday, February 23, 2018
Melody Anderson made a name for herself for her role in the 1980 adaptation Flash Gordon. However, she left acting to pursue other interests. Find out what she is doing now!
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--DEAD OR ALIVE?--
See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":
Graham Chapman: Member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, played King Arthur in the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
Cleavon Little: Starred as the Sheriff in the movie "Blazing Saddles"
Pam Grier: Star of the 1970s so-called "blaxploitation" 'movies "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown", later in her career she starred in the movie "Jackie Brown"
(Answer at the bottom)
Learn More About Melody Anderson on Celebrity Nooz
December 3, 1955, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
CLAIM TO FAME:
She is best known for playing Dale Arden in the 1980 adaptation of Flash Gordon.
Anderson first appeared in the 1977 series Logan's Run and as a "sweathog" in an episode of Welcome Back, Kotter. Some of her guest appearances on television include Archie Bunker's Place, Battlestar Galactica, Dallas, T. J. Hooker, the pilot episode of The A-Team, and The Fall Guy. She had roles on St. Elsewhere, Jake and the Fatman, Manimal, and All My Children in the 1990s. She played the title role in the made-for-television movie called Policewoman Centerfold in 1983, and starred in the 1986 made-for-television movie Beverly Hills Madam. Her film roles include playing Dale Arden in the cult classic Flash Gordon and the female lead in Dead and Buried.
Appeared in the first 1977 Victoria's Secret catalog.
Ridgid Tools poster girl.
Holds an Honors Bachelor Degree in Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and Masters of Social Work from New York Univerity's Shirley Ehrenkrantz School.
WHERE IS SHE NOW:
Anderson's last acting role was in 1995. She attended New York University, graduated in 1997, and developed the "Family & Friends Program" and "Intensive Out-Patient Program (IOP)" at Hazelden New York.
Currently, she works as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in her private practices in Manhattan and west Los Angeles. She facilitates therapy groups at several treatment centers in the LA area, and is working on a book for parents with kids who use drugs and alcohol.
She has continued her education with post-graduate studies in family training at the Ackerman Family and Training Institute in New York and certification in trauma treatment as a Level II-EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) specialist.
Anderson lectures internationally and is a media spokes-person on addictions and the family. She has given presentations about substance abuse and other mental health-related areas of study. You can learn more about her counseling career at this website: counselingbymelody.com
Anderson has made appearances at genre conventions, such as the October 2009 Big Apple Convention in Manhattan.
As of 2017, Anderson has become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California and New York.
1995 Burke's Law (TV series)...Alexandra Kohl
Who Killed the World's Greatest Chef? (1995)
1993 Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair (TV movie)...Marilyn Monroe
1992-1993 All My Children (TV series)...Natalie Marlowe Dillon (#2) / Natalie Marlowe Dillon
1991-1992 Jake and the Fatman (TV series)...Neely Capshaw
1992 Landslide...Clair Trinavant
1991 Under Surveillance
1990 Hitler's Daughter (TV movie)...Sharon Franklin/Mary Lipscomb
1989 Final Notice (TV movie)...Kate Davis
1989 The Hitchhiker (TV series)...Sterling
The Cruelest Cut (1989)
1989 Speed Zone...Lea Roberts
1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV series)...Katherine Aaron
Prediction: Murder (1989)
1987 Deep Dark Secrets (TV movie)...Julianne Wakefield
1986 Firewalker...Patricia Goodwin
1986 Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (TV series)...Rhonda Farr
Blackmailers Don't Shoot (1986)
1986 Beverly Hills Madam (TV movie)...Claudia Winston
1986 Hotel (TV series)...Lauren Moffat
1986 The Boy in Blue...Dulcie
1984 High School U.S.A. (TV movie)...Cindy Franklin
1984 Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (TV movie)...Edie Adams
1983 Manimal (TV series)...Det. Brooke McKenzie / Brooke MacKenzie
1983 Policewoman Centerfold (TV movie)...Jennifer Oaks
1983 St. Elsewhere (TV series)...Nurse Jill Roberts
1983 The A-Team (TV series)...Avon
Mexican Slayride (1983)
1983 CHiPs (TV series)...Emily
Day of the Robot (1983)
1982 The Fall Guy (TV series)...Mary / Mary Walker
1982 T.J. Hooker (TV series)...Kate Nichols
Terror at the Academy (1982)
1982 Dallas (TV series)...Linda Farlow
The Big Ball (1982)
1982 Archie Bunker's Place (TV series)...Cheryl
Gary's Ex (1982)
1981 Dead & Buried...Janet Gillis
1980 Flash Gordon...Dale Arden
1979 B.J. and the Bear (TV series)...Toni
Wheels of Fortune (1979)
1979 Battlestar Galactica (TV series)...Brenda Maxwell
Experiment in Terra (1979)
1979/I Elvis (TV movie)...Bonnie
1979 Pleasure Cove (TV movie)...Julie
1978 Logan's Run (TV series)...Shelia
1977 Welcome Back, Kotter (TV series)...Female Sweathog
Sweathog Back-to-School Special (1977)
To see Then & Now pictures of Melody Anderson, visit: Celebrity Nooz
--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--
Graham Chapman - DEAD (Cancer)
Born: 01/08/1941 Died: 10/04/1989
Cleavon Little - DEAD (Cancer)
Born: 06/01/1939 Died: 10/22/1992
Pam Grier - ALIVE
WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...
Chow Chee Keong, 69, Malaysian football goalkeeper (national team).
John Cribb, 67, Australian murderer and rapist.
Hubert Doggart, 92, English cricketer.
Billy Graham, 99, American evangelist.
Ren Osugi, 66, Japanese actor, heart failure.
Manoj Pun, 30, Nepalese underworld gangster and accused murderer, shot.
David Barons, 81, British racehorse trainer.
Judy Blame, 58, English stylist and art director.
Lucien Bouchardeau, 56, Nigerien football referee, heart failure.
B. K. Goyal, 82, Indian cardiologist, cardiac arrest.
Brendan Heneghan, 53, Irish politician and businessman, Mayor of Castlebar (2005, 2012), heart attack.
Tota Kaneko, 98, Japanese writer.
Georgi Markov, 46, Bulgarian footballer, heart attack.
Alejandro Mieres (es), 90, Spanish painter.
Lokendra Singh, 41, Indian politician, MLA for Noorpur (2012-2018), traffic collision.
Ian Williams, 27, British rugby union player (Doncaster Knights, Rotherham Titans).
Zigmas Zinkevicius, 93, Lithuanian linguist-historian.
Harry Blevins, 82, American politician, member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1998-2001) and Senate (2001-2013).
Fred Carr, 71, American football player (Green Bay Packers), dementia and prostate cancer.
Max Desfor, 104, American photographer (Associated Press), Pulitzer Prize winner (1951).
Helen Sloane Dudman, 93, American journalist and editor (The Washington Post, PBS), heart failure.
Teresa Gisbert Carbonell, 91, Bolivian architect and art historian.
Gundu Hanumantha Rao, 61, Indian actor and comedian.
Miroslav Liškutín (cs), 98, Czech brigadier general, Medal of Heroism recipient and RAF pilot.
Sergei Litvinov, 60, Russian hammer thrower, Olympic champion (1988) and silver medalist (1980), world champion (1983, 1987), heart attack.
Thomas Lockhart, 82, American politician, member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (2001-2017).
Robert McKim, 72, American politician, member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (2009-2017).
Necton Mhura, Malawian diplomat, ambassador to the UN and the United States, cancer.
Gérard Nahon (fr), 87, French historian.
Catherine Nevin, 67, Irish murderer, brain tumour.
Sir John Orr, 72, British police officer.
Daniel Peredo, 48, Peruvian sports journalist.
Geoff Pimblett, 73, British rugby league player (England national team, St Helens R.F.C.).
Norm Rogers, 61, American drummer (The Jayhawks), cancer.
Stormin MC, 34, British grime musician, skin cancer.
Yury Tyukalov, 87, Russian rower, Olympic champion (1952, 1956).
Jonah John Ungab, 46, Filipino politician, vice mayor of Ronda, Cebu, shot.
Tonino Zangardi (it), 60, Italian film director (Sandrine in the Rain).
Zhang Junsheng (zh), 81, Chinese media executive (Xinhua News Agency) and government media adviser, cardiac arrest.
Rein Ahas, 51, Estonian geographer, heart attack.
Abbas Alasgarov, 80, Azerbaijani civil engineer and politician.
Fred Beile, 86, American track and field coach (Doane University), NAIA champion (2001, 2002).
Günter Blobel, 81, German-born American biologist, Nobel Prize laureate (1999), cancer.
Peggy Cooper Cafritz, 70, American social activist and educator, co-founder of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, complications from pneumonia.
Victor Franco, 87, French journalist.
Roy Hobbs, 64, American news anchor (WAGA, NECN, WBMA).
Didier Lockwood, 62, French jazz violinist, heart attack.
Larry Lolley, 71, American state judge, member of the Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeal (2003-2017).
Nazif Mujic, 48, Bosnian actor (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker).
Kandiah Neelakandan, 70, Sri Lankan lawyer.
Idrissa Ouédraogo, 64, Burkinabé film director.
Pavel Panov, 67, Bulgarian football player and coach.
K. S. Puttannaiah, 68, Indian politician, MLA for Melukote (since 2013), heart attack.
Elmar Rojas, 75, Guatemalan artist.
Jonathone Nengminza Sangma, 43, Indian politician, IED explosion.
Chinedu Udoji, 28, Nigerian footballer (Enyimba, Kano Pillars), traffic collision.
Ya'akov Ben-Yezri, 90, Moroccan-born Israeli politician, member of Knesset (2006-2009) and Minister of Health (2006-2009).
Martin Buvik, 95, Norwegian politician, MP (1965-1977).
Blas Calzada Terrados, 80, Spanish economist, Chairman of INE (1977-1979) and President of CNMV (2001-2004).
Silvio Conrado, 73, Nicaraguan economist and banker, cardiac arrest.
Jim Dickey, 83, American football coach (Kansas State).
Beebe Freitas, 79, American pianist and vocal coach.
Abdul Salam al-Haddad, Yemeni diplomat, Ambassador to Germany, Kuwait and Ethiopia.
Akinwunmi Isola, 79, Nigerian playwright and actor.
Emmanuele Kanyama, 55, Malawian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Dedza (since 2007), complications from diabetes.
Kenneth Kester, 81, American politician, member of the Colorado House of Representatives (1998-2002) and Colorado Senate (2003-2011).
Caesar P. Kimmel, 91, American horse racing owner and founding communications executive (Warner Communications), complications from a stroke.
Mohamed Metwally, 73, Egyptian actor.
Gumercindo España Olivares, 83, Mexican toymaker.
Rakhymshan Otarbayev (kk), 61, Kazakh writer and playwright, cardiac arrest.
Peder Persson, 79, Swedish footballer.
Dorothy Rungeling, 106, Canadian aviation pioneer.
Rapee Sagarik, 95, Thai orchidologist.
Becca Schofield, 18, Canadian kindness advocate, brain cancer.
Mohamed Shahabuddeen, 86, Guyanese politician and judge.
Sampie Terreblanche, 84, South African economist and writer, brain cancer.
Napoleon Abueva, 88, Filipino sculptor, National Artist for Visual Arts.
Jim Bridwell, 73, American free climber, complications from hepatitis C.
Leo Cahill, 89, American-Canadian football coach (Toronto Argonauts).
Little Sammy Davis, 89, American blues singer-songwriter and harmonicist.
George Farr, 93, American political leader and poet, chairman of the DFL (1961-1967).
Valentina Freimane (de), 95, Latvian film and theater scholar.
Boyd Jarvis, 59, American music producer (Herbie Hancock, La Toya Jackson, Johnny Kemp), cancer.
Heli Lääts, 85, Estonian singer.
Lee Chul-ho (no), 80, Korean-born Norwegian chef and businessman.
Gochomu J. Mudzingwa, 101, Zimbabwean traditional ruler, Chief Wozhele (since 2008), pneumonia.
Harry R. Purkey, 83, American politician.
Hans Rinner, 54, Austrian businessman and football official, cancer.
Miroslav Šlouf, 69, Czech lobbyist (Lukoil), cirrhosis.
Greg Smyth, 51, Canadian ice hockey player (Quebec Nordiques, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames), cancer.
Osvaldo Suárez, 83, Argentine long-distance runner.
Muhammet Yürükuslu (de), 26, Turkish footballer, complication from aneurysm.
Abdilaqim Ademi, 48, Macedonian politician.
Lassie Lou Ahern, 97, American actress (Our Gang, Uncle Tom's Cabin), complications from influenza.
Abdon Alinovi, 94, Italian politician, deputy (1976-1992).
Bibi Ballandi, 71, Italian television producer, colorectal cancer.
Tosun Bayrak, 92, Turkish writer and artist.
Tom Brewer, 86, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox).
Pier Paolo Capponi, 79, Italian actor (The Cat o' Nine Tails).
Mahmoud Hawi, 37, Australian criminal and biker boss (Comancheros), shot.
Jacques Hébert, 97, French politician, Mayor of Cherbourg (1958-1977), Deputy (1962-1973).
Geoff Jones, 87, Australian football player (St Kilda).
Chuck Klausing, 92, American football player (Penn State) and Hall of Fame coach (IUP, Carnegie Mellon).
Gian Paolo Mele (it), 73, Italian composer, choral director and musicologist.
Samuel Mpasu, 73, Malawian politician and author, high blood pressure.
Tamara Nizhnikova, 92, Belarusian singer, People's Artist of the USSR (1964).
J. Clay Smith, 75, American jurist and author, chairman of the EEOC, complications from Alzheimer's disesase.
Daniel Vernet, 73, French journalist and author.