Sue Randall

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Sue Randall
Edd Byrnes Kookie Sue Randall 77 Sunset Strip 1964.JPG
Randall with Edd Byrnes in 77 Sunset Strip
BornMarion Burnside Randall
(1935-10-08)October 8, 1935
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedOctober 26, 1984(1984-10-26) (aged 49)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Years active1955-1967
Spouse(s)Peter Blake Powell (1957-?) (divorced) 2 children
James J. McSparron (?-1984) (her death)
ChildrenBlake
Kenneth
 
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Sue Randall
Edd Byrnes Kookie Sue Randall 77 Sunset Strip 1964.JPG
Randall with Edd Byrnes in 77 Sunset Strip
BornMarion Burnside Randall
(1935-10-08)October 8, 1935
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedOctober 26, 1984(1984-10-26) (aged 49)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Years active1955-1967
Spouse(s)Peter Blake Powell (1957-?) (divorced) 2 children
James J. McSparron (?-1984) (her death)
ChildrenBlake
Kenneth

Marion Burnside Randall, who acted under the name Sue Randall (October 8, 1935 — October 26, 1984), was an American actress best known for her role as the kindly Miss Landers, Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver's grade school teacher in the CBS and ABC sitcom Leave It to Beaver.

Philadelphia-born Randall's debut on the small screen was in the 1955 episode "Golden Victory" of the series Star Tonight. She later appeared as one of the employees in the Reference Department in the 1957 film Desk Set with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. She was cast in the ABC western series The Rebel as Elaine, the daughter of a man sentenced to hang, but Nick Adams, the star, saves him. This second episode, "Judgment Day", aired October 11, 1959.

Her Beaver years spanned 1958-1963, when she was in her twenties. She appeared in twenty-nine episodes[1] after replacing Diane Brewster, who played "Miss Canfield" both during the first season and in the 1980s TV movies based on the show.

Randall's primary roles were on television in guest-starring roles. She was cast as Kathy O'Hara, an aspiring concert pianist, in the episode "The Mysterious Stranger" (February 17, 1959) of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Sugarfoot, with Will Hutchins in the title role. Adam West (later of Batman) appeared as Frederick Pulaski, a declared descendant of the Polish military commander Casimir Pulaski, who was mortally wounded at the British Capture of Savannah, Georgia, in the American Revolution. Casimir Pulaski, "the father of the American cavalry", however, never married or had direct descendants and died at the age of thirty-four. In the story line, Frederick Pulaski is also a concert pianist who defends oppressed Polish miners in a western town. Karl Swenson plays Kathy's wealthy father, Dennis O'Hara in this episode.[2]

Randall appeared too in such series as CBS's The Twilight Zone, Have Gun - Will Travel, Gunsmoke, The Aquanauts, Pete and Gladys, and Hennesey, NBC's Bonanza and The Man and the Challenge, and ABC's The Real McCoys, The Rebel, The Dakotas, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive, and The Rifleman. In addition, she made three guest appearances on Sea Hunt with Lloyd Bridges in 1961. That same year she also guest starred as Ellen, with Adolphe Menjou as Fitch and Orson Bean as her husband John Monroe, in the episode "The Secret Life of James Thurber", based on the works of the American humorist James Thurber, in the CBS anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson. She made two guest appearances as well on Perry Mason, both times as the defendant: Betty Wilkins in the 1960 episode, "The Case of the Ill-Fated Faker," and Arnell Stiller, alias Amy Scott, in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Garrulous Go-Between."

Randall died of lung cancer on October 26, 1984, at the age of forty-nine. She was survived by two sons, Blake and Kenneth.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leave It to Beaver" (1957) - Full cast and crew
  2. ^ "The Mysterious Stranger". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Sue Randall - Biography

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