Lani O'Grady

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Lani O'Grady
BornLanita Rose Agrati
(1954-10-02)October 2, 1954
Walnut Creek, California, U.S.
DiedSeptember 25, 2001(2001-09-25) (aged 46)
Valencia, California, U.S.
Cause of deathDrug Overdose
Resting placeCremated and ashes scattered in Hawaii
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress
Years active1969–1990
TelevisionEight Is Enough
ParentsLou A. Agrati,
Mary B. (née Castellino)
FamilyDon Grady (brother)
 
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Lani O'Grady
BornLanita Rose Agrati
(1954-10-02)October 2, 1954
Walnut Creek, California, U.S.
DiedSeptember 25, 2001(2001-09-25) (aged 46)
Valencia, California, U.S.
Cause of deathDrug Overdose
Resting placeCremated and ashes scattered in Hawaii
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress
Years active1969–1990
TelevisionEight Is Enough
ParentsLou A. Agrati,
Mary B. (née Castellino)
FamilyDon Grady (brother)

Lani O'Grady (born Lanita Rose Agrati October 2, 1954 – September 25, 2001) was an American actress and the sister of actor/musician Don Grady. O'Grady is best-remembered for her role as Mary Bradford, the eldest sister from Eight Is Enough.

Career[edit]

Born Lanita Rose Agrati in Walnut Creek, California, to Lou A. Agrati and to Mary B. (née Castellino), a children's talent agent, O'Grady began acting at the age of 13 with a role in the television series The High Chaparral.[1] In the early 1970s, she appeared on Harry O and had a role in the 1975 television movie Cage Without a Key, starring Susan Dey. In 1976, she co-starred in Massacre at Central High, a theatrical movie, along with Kimberly Beck (who appeared as Nancy in the Eight is Enough pilot). The following year, she landed the role of Mary Bradford in the ABC series Eight Is Enough. After the series ended in 1981, O'Grady had a role in the 1982 television movie The Kid with the Broken Halo starring Gary Coleman. She also reprised the role of Mary Bradford in two Eight Is Enough reunion television movies in 1987 and 1989. O'Grady's last acting role was as Mrs. Kramer in the soap opera Days of our Lives in 1990.

Personal life[edit]

After suffering from agoraphobia and memory blackouts in the early 1990s, O'Grady retired from acting and became a talent agent. She also began taking nonnarcotic medication for a diagnosed brain chemical imbalance.[2] In a 1994 interview with the Los Angeles Times, O'Grady said she had suffered from severe panic attacks since the age of 18 but was not diagnosed with panic disorder until she was 21. She also admitted that she abused prescription drugs and alcohol, including Valium.[1]

In December 1998, she checked into the Thalians Mental Health Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for detox.[2]

Death[edit]

O'Grady died in her home in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, at age 46 on September 25, 2001. An autopsy revealed toxic levels of the painkiller Vicodin and antidepressant Prozac in her bloodstream, and the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said she died of "multiple drug intoxication", although the coroner was unable to determine if her death was an accident or suicide.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1969High Chaparral, TheThe High ChaparralPennyEpisode: "Time of Your Life"
1970Headmaster, TheThe HeadmasterJudyEpisode: "Count the Ways I Love You"
1973Delphi Bureau, TheThe Delphi BureauGirlEpisode: "The Face That Never Was Project"
1975Cage Without a KeyNoreenTV movie
1975Harry OJean
Helen
Episode: "Street Games"
Episode: "Exercise in Fatality"
1976Baby Blue MarineGirl #2
1976Massacre at Central HighJane
1977Hazing, TheThe HazingCampus Girl
1977-1981Eight Is EnoughMary Bradford112 episodes
1979Love Boat, TheThe Love BoatRobin1 episode
1980Love Boat, TheThe Love BoatMaude Victor2 episodes
1982Quincy M.E.Zanger's Customer (uncredited)Episode: "Bitter Pill"
1982Kid with the Broken Halo, TheThe Kid with the Broken HaloJulie McNultyTV movie
1987Eight Is Enough: A Family ReunionMary BradfordTV movie
1989Eight Is Enough Wedding, AnAn Eight Is Enough WeddingMary BradfordTV movie
1990Days of our LivesMrs. KramerTV series

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mclellan, Dennis (2001-09-27). "Lani O'Grady, 46; Actress Played Daughter on TV's 'Eight Is Enough'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Lani O'Grady". variety.com. 2001-10-01. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Actress O'Grady Died From Overdose". AP Online as stored by highbeam.com. 2002-01-17. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 

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