Bridgette Andersen

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Bridgette Andersen
Bridgette Andersen.jpg
Andersen in Savannah Smiles
BornMarriah Bridget Andersen
(1975-07-11)July 11, 1975
Inglewood, California, USA
DiedMay 18, 1997(1997-05-18) (aged 21)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of death
Overdose of alcohol and drugs
OccupationActress
Years active1982–1987
 
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Bridgette Andersen
Bridgette Andersen.jpg
Andersen in Savannah Smiles
BornMarriah Bridget Andersen
(1975-07-11)July 11, 1975
Inglewood, California, USA
DiedMay 18, 1997(1997-05-18) (aged 21)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of death
Overdose of alcohol and drugs
OccupationActress
Years active1982–1987

Bridgette Andersen (July 11, 1975 – May 18, 1997) was an American child actress best known for her part in the title role of the 1982 comedy Savannah Smiles.

Early life and career[edit]

Born Marriah Bridget Andersen in Inglewood, California to Frank Glass and Teresa Andersen, Bridgette Andersen (as she was known professionally) was raised in Malibu, California, and from an early age, she showed exceptional intelligence. By age two, she decided she wanted to be an actress and eventually began a career as a child model before breaking into acting at age seven in the 1982 TV movie, Washington Mistress. Later that year, Andersen appeared in her most memorable role as the title character in Savannah Smiles, followed by roles in Family Ties, Remington Steele, and as a young Mae West in the TV biopic of the actress' life.

In 1983, Andersen appeared as Celia in the short lived sitcom Gun Shy, and was also nominated for a Young Artist Award for her role in Savannah Smiles. She followed up with a role in the horror film, Nightmares. She was nominated for a second time for a Young Artist Award for her role in Gun Shy the following year.

Throughout the mid-1980s, Andersen continued to appear in episodic television, TV movies and features films, including: A Summer to Remember in 1985, Hotel, Fever Pitch with Ryan O'Neal, The Golden Girls, and The Parent Trap II with Hayley Mills.

By 1987, Andersen's roles were infrequent with her only appearances being in an episode of CBS Summer Playhouse and an independent film entitled Too Much. One of Andersen's last roles was a small part in a Pepsi commercial that aired during Super Bowl XXX on January 28, 1996. Shortly before her death, she performed in the independent feature Locker 28. To date, the film remains unreleased.

Death[edit]

Andersen was reportedly not close to her family and had little contact with them. During her teen years, she struggled with an addiction to heroin, and at the time of her death, was attempting to stay clean while working at Erewhon Health Food Store in Los Angeles, California.

On May 18, 1997, Andersen died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and heroin.[1] She was 21 years old. On May 25, 1997, funeral services were held at Malibu United Methodist Church and Andersen's ashes were scattered at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California.

Filmography[edit]

Award nominations[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1982Washington MistressJennyTelevision movie
1982King's CrossingMimi HadaryEpisode: "Triangle"
1982Mae WestMae (Age 7)Television movie
1982Savannah SmilesSavannah
1982Family TiesYoung MalloryEpisode: "A Christmas Story"
1983Gun ShyCelia6 episodes
1983NightmaresBrooke HoustonSegment: "Night of the Rat"
1983Fantasy IslandEpisode: "Random Choices/My Mother, the Swinger"
1983Faerie Tale TheatreGretelEpisode: "Hansel and Gretel"
1984Remington SteeleAngel GallenEpisode: "Blood Is Thicker Than Steele"
1984The MississippiAbigail MarshallEpisode: "Abigail"
1984The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D.Television movie
1985A Summer to RememberJillTelevision movie
1985HotelLindsay PomeroyEpisode: "Lost and Found"
1985Fever PitchAmy
1986The Golden GirlsCharleyEpisode: "The Truth Will Out"
1986Between Two WomenKate PethertonTelevision movie
1986The Parent Trap IIMary GrandTelevision movie
1987Too MuchSusie
1987CBS Summer PlayhouseJamieEpisode: "Doctors Wilde"
YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
1983Young Artist AwardBest Young Motion Picture ActressSavannah SmilesNominated
1984Young Artist AwardBest Young Actress in a Comedy SeriesGun ShyNominated
1985Young Artist AwardBest Young Actress - Guest in a Television SeriesThe MississippiNominated
1986Young Artist AwardExceptional Performance by a Young Actress in a Television Special or Mini-SeriesA Summer to RememberNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Find A Grave

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