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Meredith MacRae filmography and biography

Date of birth: 30 May 1944, Houston, Texas, USA

Date of death: 14 July 2000, Manhattan Beach, California, USA (complications from brain cancer)

Meredith MacRae biography

Meredith Lynn MacRae was born on May 30, 1944, in Houston, Texas. She was born on a military base where her father was stationed.

Meredith was bitten by the show business bug at an early age. Her father, Gordon MacRae was a singer and movie idol of the 1950s (Roger & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and Carousel), and her mother, Sheila MacRae, is an actress/comedienne and author, who is probably best known as Alice Kramden (1966-1970), during the 2nd incarnation of Jackie Gleason (I)'s The Jackie Gleason Show (aka "The Honeymooners").

At the age of eight, Meredith started her own acting career and appeared in the film By the Light of the Silvery Moon, which starred her father.

She attended UCLA and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 1964, she married Richard Berger, former president of MGM. They divorced four years later.

Meredith went on to starring roles in two of television's heyday family sitcoms: Petticoat Junction and My Three Sons. She also guest starred in many other television shows including: Fantasy Island, Magnum, P.I., The Rockford Files, and Webster (the highest rated episode ever). She also appeared in several movies and had a brief singing career.

In 1969, Meredith married actor Greg Mullavey (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Bob amp; Carol amp; Ted amp; Alice. They had one daughter, Allison, born in 1974. Greg and Meredith divorced in 1992 but remained friends.

In 1995, Meredith married Phillip Neal, Chairman and CEO of Avery-Dennison.

In 1999, she was diagnosed with cancer. In 2000, due to complications from multiple surgeries and allergic reactions to medications (which caused her brain to swell), Meredith Lynn MacRae departed this life.

Meredith MacRae trivia


- Daughter of Gordon MacRae and Sheila MacRae
- Eldest of four children, her sister Heather MacRae was also an actress.
- Daughter Allison Mullavey was born August 12, 1974.
- The civic-minded actress received many awards in her later career: a Vesta Award for Excellence in Journalism, a Bronze Halo Award from the Motion Picture Broadcast council, an Angel Award as producer of the year's most outstanding documentary, a U.S. Senate Certificate of Commendation and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, plus honors from Women in Film, the American Heart Association, the League of Women Voters, the American Cancer Society, the National Council on Alcoholism, and was named one of the city's outstanding women by L.A. mayor Tom Bradley (III) in the 80s.
- Sidelined as a singer during her "sweater girl" heyday. She cut two singles on her own, and two records with her TV "sisters" Lori Saunders (I) and Linda Henning, calling themselves the "Girls of Petticoat Junction," including a cover of "Thirty Days Hath September".
- An avid game show enthusiast, she showed off her smarts as a semi-regular on the syndicated version of Whats My Line? in the late 60s.
- Known for her portrayals of folksy, wholesome daughters and girlfriends on TV, she played Tim Considine's fiancé on My Three Sons for a couple of years, then moved into the role of Billie Jo Bradley on the rural comedy Petticoat Junction.
- Continued the role of "Animal" (originated by Valora Noland) in the "Beach Party" movie series, in the mid-1960s.
- Stepdaughter of Ronald Wayne.

Meredith MacRae filmography

Name Year
Paul Henning & The Hillbillies 2005
Jonny's Golden Quest 1993
Zhong Hua jing hua 1992
Batman 1992
Match Game 1990
Relatively Speaking 1988
Born Famous 1987
It's Howdy Doody Time 1987
$50,000 a Minute 1985
Body Language 1984
Rituals 1984
Calendar Girl Murders 1984
The Census Taker 1984
The Winds of Whoopie 1983
Vultures 1983
I'm Going to Be Famous 1983
Webster 1983
Fantasy 1982
Earthbound 1981
The Fall Guy 1981
Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty 1980
Magnum, P.I. 1980
Sketches of a Strangler 1978
Card Sharks 1978
The Chinese Caper 1978
Three on a Date 1978
The Next Step Beyond 1978
Fantasy Island 1977
CHiPs 1977
My Friends Need Killing 1976
Grand Jury 1976
The Alan Hamel Show 1976
Break the Bank 1976
Family Feud 1976
Three for the Money 1975
The Cross-Wits 1975
Rhyme and Reason 1975
Tattletales 1974
The Rockford Files 1974
Dinah! 1974
The $10,000 Pyramid 1973
Match Game 73 1973
Wide World Mystery 1973
Kid Talk 1972
Banyon 1972
The Sheila MacRae Show 1971
Mantrap 1971
Alias Smith and Jones 1971
This Is Your Life 1971
Norwood 1970
The Choice Is Yours 1970
The Real Tom Kennedy Show 1970
The Virginia Graham Show 1970
The Interns 1970
The Spring Thing 1969
It's Your Bet 1969
He Said, She Said 1969
It Takes Two 1969
Name Droppers 1969
The Movie Game 1969
Playboy After Dark 1969
Love, American Style 1969
The Donald O'Connor Show 1968
Funny You Should Ask 1968
The Steve Allen Show 1968
What's My Line? 1968
The Joey Bishop Show 1967
The Woody Woodbury Show 1967
Personality 1967
Snap Judgment 1967
The Pat Boone Show 1967
Dateline: Hollywood 1967
Footsteps in the Snow 1966
P.D.Q. 1965
The F.B.I. 1965
The Hollywood Squares 1965
Bikini Beach 1964
You Don't Say 1963
Beach Party 1963
The Art Linkletter Show 1963
Petticoat Junction 1963
The Match Game 1962
The Beverly Hillbillies 1962
The Mike Douglas Show 1961
My Three Sons 1960
Insight 1960
The Irv Kupcinet Show 1953
By the Light of the Silvery Moon 1953
Person to Person 1953