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Where Are They Now - Friday, May 11, 2018

Hello fans,

Today's celebrity suggestion comes to us from reader Natalie W.

Natalie wants to know what Missy Gold has been up to since she starred as Katie Gatling on the TV sitcom Benson back in the early '80s.

Not much has been publicized about Missy, mostly because she quit acting right after leaving Benson. You might be surprised to learn what she is doing now! Read on to find out more about this childhood star...

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See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":

Danny Aiello: He has appeared in "Moonstruck", "Do The Right Thing" and many other movies

Cloris Leachman: Played Phyllis on the TV series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.: He appeared in "The Prisoner of Zenda" and "Gunga Din", among other movies

(Answer at the bottom)


Missy Gold

Learn More About Missy Gold on Celebrity Nooz

BIRTH DATE: July 14, 1970, Great Falls, Montana

BIRTH NAME: Melissa Ann Fisher

CLAIM TO FAME: She is best known for portraying the Governor's daughter, Katie, on the TV sitcom Benson (1979-1986).

FAMILY LIFE: Her older sister is actress Tracey Gold (Carol on Growing Pains). Birth parents are Joe and Bonnie Fisher. In 1973, her mother got remarried to Harry Goldstein, and both Missy and Tracey were legally adopted by their stepfather and became known as Tracey and Melissa Goldstein. The sisters, along with their two younger siblings, Brandy and Jessie, shortened their family name to Gold for professional use. The youngest sister Cassie is the only non-acting member of the siblings.

INFO: Missy was already a veteran of miniseries and commercials when she joined the cast of Benson at the age of nine. She earned fame for her role as the governor's precocious daughter Katie Gatling, and won the award for best young actress in a comedy series in 1984. Missy also had regular roles on Eight is Enough, Fantasy Island, Nancy Drew, and Trapper John, M.D.

TRIVIA: Is left-handed.

Has a tattoo on her left ankle.

Sister-in-law of Roby Marshall.

Auditioned for roles in various soap operas, but never accepted any because she didn't want to be committed to five-year contracts.

Was very close to Inga Swenson, who played the housekeeper on Benson.

Her Benson colleagues felt she was too smart to be in acting.

WHERE IS SHE NOW: Missy left show business after her role on Benson to pursue an education. She used her earnings from the show to pay for a B.A. at Georgetown University and a Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology.

She worked with LAPD crisis negotiators as well as patients with eating disorders. Although her older sister Tracey endured a well-publicized battle with anorexia, Gold credits fans with inspiring her career choice.

Now known as Dr. Melissa Gold, she resides in Maine where she is a practicing psychologist.


1986 The Blinkins (TV Movie)...Blink (voice)

1979-1986 Benson (TV Series)...Katherine 'Katie' Olivia Gatling / Katie Gatling

1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)...Rachel McCall
Moonlighting Becomes You (1984)

1981 Blind Tom: The Story of Thomas Bethune (Short)

1981 Twirl (TV Movie)...Traci Jordan

1980 Fantasy Island (TV Series)...Stephanie Hendricks
- The Love Doctor/Pleasure Palace/Possessed (1980)

1979 Project U.F.O. (TV Series)
- Sighting 4025: The Whitman Tower Incident (1979)

1979 How the West Was Won (TV Mini-Series)...Stacy Willow
- The Forgotten (1979)

1979 Eight Is Enough (TV Series)...Missy Kappleton
- Best of Friends (1979)

1978 The Kid from Not-So-Big...Bobbi

1978 Ishi: The Last of His Tribe (TV Movie)...Little Girl

1978 Sword of Justice (TV Series)...Nancy
- Aloha, Julie Lang (1978)

1978 Little Mo (TV Movie)...Brenda Brinker

1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)...Grace
- Will the Real Santa Claus...? (1977)

1977 Rafferty (TV Series)...Judy Cardler
- The Epidemic (1977)

1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)...Mary Armagh as a Child

To see Then & Now pictures of Missy Gold, visit: CelebrityNooz


--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--

Danny Aiello - ALIVE
Born: 06/20/1933

Cloris Leachman - ALIVE
Born: 04/30/1926

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. - DEAD
Born: 12/09/1909 Died: 05/07/2000



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