Audrey Landers

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Audrey Landers
Audrey Landers.jpg
Landers in 2011
BornAudrey Hamburg
(1956-07-18) 18 July 1956 (age 58)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActress, Singer
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Donald Berkowitz (1988–present) 2 children
 
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Audrey Landers
Audrey Landers.jpg
Landers in 2011
BornAudrey Hamburg
(1956-07-18) 18 July 1956 (age 58)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActress, Singer
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Donald Berkowitz (1988–present) 2 children

Audrey Landers (born July 18, 1956) is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as Afton Cooper in the television drama series Dallas and her role as Val Clarke in the film version of A Chorus Line.[1]

Early years[edit]

Landers was born Audrey Hamburg in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2] Landers began her acting career at the age of 9, when she starred in her first community theater musical, and continued acting and singing in community theater shows in New York State. Music was always a passion, and Landers began writing poetry and songs at a young age. Landers was first noticed with a country song that she wrote and performed at the age of twelve, which led to a Nashville recording contract with Epic Records, a performance on The Merv Griffin Show, and a year-long role on the daytime drama, The Secret Storm. During her teen years, she acted on the daytime drama Somerset and studied music at the Juilliard School in New York, while majoring in psychology at Columbia University. Her feature film debut came in The Tennessee Stallion (1978) with her sister, Judy Landers. Audrey is older than Judy by just over 2 years. They have been mistaken for twins.

Career[edit]

Landers moved to Los Angeles and on her 24th birthday, landed the role of Afton Cooper in Dallas, which she held for 84 episodes, from 1981 through the television movie Dallas: J.R. Returns in 1996. She took a leave of absence from Dallas to portray Val Clarke in the film version of A Chorus Line (1985). Her performance in the film of Dance: Ten; Looks: Three helped jumpstart a successful recording career in Europe.[3] In 2013 she reprised her role in the second season of new Dallas.[4][5]

Before joining Dallas, she guest-starred in a number of television series, including The Dukes of Hazzard, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, Battlestar Galactica, and television movies such as Jackie Collins's Lucky Chances, The Hitchhiker, and many others. From 1990–1992, she played the role of Charlotte Hesser, eldest daughter of upstate Pennsylvania mob boss Carlo Hesser on the ABC daytime series One Life to Live.[3]

Landers at the 24th Annual Genesis Awards in 2010

With her young sons as inspiration, Landers created the children's television series, The Huggabug Club,[3] for which, in addition to writing the scripts, she also wrote the 250+ original songs in the series. Her partner (and mother), Ruth Landers, produced the series and donated it to Public Television for its 5 year run. In 2006, she co-wrote, and co- directed the family adventure film, Circus Island, a Ruth Landers production. Landers' business partner (and mother) Ruth Landers have created a fashion line called Landers STAR Collection which is gaining global popularity through QVC UK,and in Italy, Canada, Germany, and the U.S.[6]

In 2005–2006, Landers co-wrote and co-directed the family feature film Circus Island. Landers played Veronica, the girlfriend of Bruce Campbell's character Sam, on the USA Network series Burn Notice.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Audrey is sister of actress Judy Landers, and has acted with her in several roles, including multiple episodes of The Love Boat as well as Circus Island and Ghost Writer, films produced by Ruth Landers. Audrey and Judy Landers were on the cover and in a non-nude pictorial of the January 1983 issue of Playboy. Audrey, Judy, and their mother, Ruth jointly created the award-winning musical children's television series The Huggabug Club for PBS from 1995–2000. Audrey co-wrote the 250 original songs in the series. She also co-wrote the scripts and co-edited the series.

Landers married businessman Donald Berkowitz in May 1988. They have 2 children, twins Adam and Daniel, born in 1993.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film and Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1971Going HomeTeenage Arby's customeruncredited
1972-1973The Secret StormJoanna Morrison Landers #1
1973Search for TomorrowConnie
1973Room 222Donna1 episode
1973Marcus Welby, M.D.Tracy Robbins1 episode
1973The F.B.I.Janine Winchell1 episode
1973Emergency!Marsha1 episode
1974-1976SomersetHeather Lawrence
1975First Ladies Diaries: Martha WashingtonNelly Custis
1975One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestActress on TV Screenuncredited
1977Happy DaysKitty1 episode
1977Police WomanNancy1 episode
1978The Archie Situation Comedy Musical Variety ShowBetty Cooper
1978Goober & the Truckers' ParadiseBecky Pyle
1978The Waverly WondersGinger1 episode
1978Battlestar GalacticaMiri1 episode
1979Charlie's AngelsDonna Rossitter1 episode
1979Highcliffe ManorWendy Sparkles5 episodes
1979The RunawaysVerna Kenton1 episode
1979B.J. and the BearCarol Cain1 episode
1979Young MaverickSara Lou Mullen1 episode
19791941USO Girl
1981Underground AcesAnnie Wenders
1982Tennessee StallionCharlotte
1983The HitchhikerPriscilla Packard1 episode
1979-1984Fantasy IslandVarious roles5 episodes
1980-1984The Dukes of HazzardBillie Jean / Gail Flatt2 episodes
1985Deadly TwinsPolly Morrison
1985A Chorus LineVal Clarke
1982-1985The Love BoatVarious roles4 episodes
1986HotelSusan1 episode
1986Crazy Like a FoxDianne Bennett1 episode
1986Getting EvenPaige Starson
1986Popeye DoyleJill Anneyard
1987Johann Strauss - Der König ohne KroneLily
1987You Are the JurySheila Farley1 episode
1989Midnight CallerMarie Devoe / Sandra1 episode
1981-1989DallasAfton Cooper84 episodes
1989FreakshowShan
1989Ghost WriterAngela Reid
1989MacGyverCarla Yeats / Roxy Yeats1 episode
1990Lucky ChancesMarabelleTV mini-series
1990-1991One Life to LiveCharlotte Hesser
1991California CasanovaJB
1991The Cosby ShowCookie Bennett1 episode
1992Silk StalkingsLiza Gutierrez1 episode
1993Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanToots1 episode
1994Burke's LawDancer1 episode
1995-2000The Huggabug ClubMiss Audrey
1986, 1996Murder, She WroteGreta Bayer / Phyllis Walters2 episodes
1996Dallas: J.R. ReturnsAfton Cooper
1997Last Chance LoveMichelle
2006Circus CampLena Anderson
2008Bachelor Party 2: The Last TemptationBettina
2007-2008Burn NoticeVeronica4 episodes
2011Armed and DeadlyAudrey Landers
2011Jackie Goldberg Private DickNadia
2013—2014DallasAfton Cooper

Discography[edit]

Albums
Singles

References[edit]

External links[edit]