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.