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Lisa Gerritsen found fame playing the role of Bess on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but not much was heard from her after that. What has she been doing all these years? Read on to find out more!

Also, I want to apologize that even with some diligent searching, I was unable to find a more recent picture of Lisa. I hope you enjoy some classic photos of her as a young actress!

Take care,

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

Lee J. Cobb: He appeared in "The Exorcist", "Coogan's Bluff", "Twelve Angry Men" and other movies and TV shows

Lane Smith:
He played the prosecutor in the movie "My Cousin Vinny" and Perry White in the TV series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman", among other roles

Anne Gwynne: She appeared in many Westerns and horror films, especially in the 1940s, she appeared in "Ride 'Em Cowboy" with Abbot and Costello

(Answer at the bottom)

Lisa Gerritsen

Learn More About Lisa Gerritsen at Celebrity Nooz

BIRTH DATE: December 21, 1957, Los Angeles, California

BIRTH NAME: Lisa Orszag

CLAIM TO FAME: She is most famous for her role as Bess on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

FAMILY LIFE: She has been married to her husband John Rustan since 2000.

INFO: Gerritsen began attending casting calls at the age of eight where she landed a role in an episode of The Doris Day Show in 1968. She followed this with guest appearances in numerous TV shows including The Odd Couple, Bonanza, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, The Virginian and Family Affair.

She made several appearances on the television show Gunsmoke, and finally landed a regular role in the 1969 NBC comedy series My World and Welcome to It, which was based on the cartoons of author James Thurber.

In 1970, she landed the role for which she would become best known, that of Bess Lindstrom, daughter of landlord Phyllis Lindstrom, played by Cloris Leachman, in the Mary Tyler Moore Show. She remained on the show until it ended in 1975, and reprized the role in the 1975-1977 spin-off series Phyllis.

Gerritsen has also appeared in many movies, including Airport as Libby Bakersfeld, and in The War Between Men and Women alongside Jack Lemmon and Barbara Harris.

TRIVIA: Is the granddaughter of child actor and screen-writer True Boardman.

Is the great-granddaughter of silent film actors True Boardman and Virginia True Boardman.

WHERE IS SHE NOW: Gerritsen left acting during the late 1970s, and not much was heard about her during the 1980s.

In the early 1990s, she worked for a software company as a computer systems consultant/networking specialist.

Most recently, she worked as an Independent Relocation Coordinator and Facilities Project Manager in the San Francisco Bay area. She currently lives with her husband John Rustan and son in Northern California.

1970-1978 Insight (TV series)...Lisa Sears
It Can't Happen to Me
Old King Cole

1975-1977 Phyllis (TV series)...Bess Lindstrom

1976 Jigsaw John (TV series)...The runaway

1970-1975 Mary Tyler Moore (TV series)...Bess Lindstrom / Bess

1974 Harry O (TV series) ...Michelle March
Ballinger's Choice

1974 Mixed Company...Liz

1974 Locusts (TV movie)...Sissy Fletcher (as Lisa True Gerritsen)

1973 Ironside (TV series)...Nancy Flynn
Double-Edged Corner

1973 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV series) ...Jenny Hutchins
The Boy and the Bronc Buster: Part 2
The Boy and the Bronc Buster: Part 1

1972 The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (TV series)...Various Characters

1972 The War Between Men and Women...Linda Kozlenko

1971 A Howling in the Woods (TV movie)...Betsy Warren

1971 Bonanza (TV series)...Cassie O'Casey

1971 The Odd Couple (TV series)...Bunny
Bunny Is Missing Down by the Lake

1970 The Virginian (TV series)...Hannah Carson

1968-1970 Gunsmoke (TV series)...Christina / Jenny / Nettie /...

1969-1970 Family Affair (TV series) ...Geraldine Askins / Kathy / May

1969-1970 My World and Welcome to It (TV series)...Lydia Monroe

1970 Airport ...Libby Bakersfeld (as Lisa Gerritson)

1969 The Courtship of Eddie's Father (TV series)...Alice
The Library Card

1969 Lancer (TV series)...Vinny
The Great Humbug

1968 The Doris Day Show (TV series)...Jackie Clements
The Black Eye
The Friend

1968 The Good Guys (TV series)...Louella
Nostradamus Rides Again

To see Then & Now pictures of Lisa Gerritsen, visit: Celebrity Nooz

--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--

Lee J. Cobb - DEAD (Heart Attack)
Born: 12/08/1911 Died: 02/11/1976

Lane Smith - DEAD (ALS)
Born: 04/26/1936 Died: 06/13/2005

Anne Gwynne - DEAD (Surgical complications)
Born: 12/10/1918 Died: 03/31/2003


Ghulam Haidar Hameedi, Afghan politician, Mayor of Kandahar, bombing.
Bejaratana Rajasuda, 85, Thai royal, the only daughter of King Vajiravudh of Thailand.
Eduard Rozovsky, 84, Russian cinematographer (Amphibian Man, White Sun of the Desert), car accident.

Joe Arroyo, 55, Colombian singer.
Jacques Fatton, 85, French-born Swiss footballer.
Richard Harris, 63, American football player (Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks) and coach (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), heart attack.
Margaret Olley, 88, Australian painter.
Josephine C. Reyes, 82, Filipino educator, President of Far Eastern University (1985â??1989).
Tim Smooth, 39, American rapper, cancer.

Michael Cacoyannis, 89, Cypriot filmmaker (Zorba the Greek).
V. S. Krishna Iyer, 89, Indian activist and politician, after long illness.
Jeret Peterson, 29, American free style skier, 2010 Winter Olympics silver medalist, suicide by gunshot.
Ravichandran, 71, Malaysian-born Indian actor, lung infection.

Tresa Hughes, 81, American actress (Another World, Don Juan DeMarco, Fame).
Gilbert Lujan, 70, American painter, prostate cancer.
Paul Marchand, 74, Canadian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Timmins (since 1999).
Josip Bobi Marotti, 89, Croatian actor.
Virgilio Noe, 89, Italian Roman Catholic cardinal, Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Peter (1991â??2002).
Mike Palm, 86, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox).
Dan Peek, 60, American singer-songwriter (America).
David Servan-Schreiber, 50, French physician, neuro-scientist and author, cancer.
G. D. Spradlin, 90, American actor (North Dallas Forty, The Godfather Part II).
Skip Thomas, 61, American football player (Oakland Raiders), apparent heart attack.

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