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Audrey Landers

Audrey Landers, (born July 18, 1956, in Philadelphia), is an American actress and singer, who is probably best known for her role as Afton Cooper in the television drama series Dallas.

Early years

Audrey 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 a 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 younger sister, Judy Landers.

Career

After college, Audrey Landers moved to Los Angeles and was given the role in Dallas, which she held from 1981 to 1984, 1989 & the TV movie Dallas: J.R. Returns in 1996. Landers starred in Dallas during its highest rated seasons. In the four seasons in which Landers appeared frequently, Dallas was the #1 rated show three times (and #2 behind only 60 Minutes the other year). It never held the #1 ranking in a season in which Landers did not appear.

She is also remembered as "Val" from the film version of A Chorus Line (1985). Landers has had guest roles on many television series. From 1990-1991, she played the role of "Charlotte Hesser" on the ABC daytime series One Life to Live. Before joining "Dallas," she guest-starred in dozens of episodics, including 2 episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard in 1980, entitled "R.I.P. Henry Flatts", playing Flatts' daughter.

Landers is now playing Veronica, the girlfriend of Bruce Campbell's character Sam, on the USA Network series Burn Notice.

As a singer and composer, she has earned 10 gold singles, 4 gold albums and 2 platinum albums. Most are pop and disco records. Some of her biggest hits are "Mi Amor (Camilo Sesto)", "Manuel Goodbye", "Playa Blanca" and "Jim, Jeff & Johnny". The 1991 Polydor album, 'Rendez-Vous', includes the song "Turn To Me" written by lyricist Martin H. Samuel and composer Lisa Nemzo.

Family ties

Audrey Landers is the older sister of actress Judy Landers, and has acted with her in several roles, including multiple episodes of The Love Boat. 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 Landers, 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. In 2005-6, Audrey co-wrote and co-directed the family feature film, Circus Island.

Personal life

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

Discography

Albums

  • 1983 Little River
  • 1984 Audrey Landers
  • 1984 Holiday Dreams
  • 1985 Paradise Generation
  • 1986 Country Dreams
  • 1988 Secrets
  • 1990 My Dreams For You
  • 1991 Rendez-Vous
  • 2005 Spuren Eines Sommers
  • 2006 Dolce Vita

Singles

  • 1978 Apple Don't Fall Far From The Tree
  • 1979 You Thrill Me
  • 1983 Manuel Goodbye
  • 1983 Little River
  • 1983 Playa Blanca
  • 1984 Mi Amor(Camilo Sesto)
  • 1984 Honeymoon In Trinidad
  • 1985 Paradise Generation
  • 1985 Jim, Jeff & Johnny
  • 1985 Lucky
  • 1985 Summernight In Rome
  • 1986 These Silver Wings
  • 1986 Yellow Rose Of Texas
  • 1986 Tennessee Nights
  • 1987 Bella Italia
  • 1988 Silverbird
  • 1988 Never Wanna Dance (When I'm Blue)
  • 1989 Gone With The Wind
  • 1989 Sun Of Jamaica
  • 1990 Shine A Light
  • 1990 Shadows Of Love
  • 1991 Santa Maria Goodbye
  • 1991 Monte Carlo
  • 1997 Heute Habe Ich An Dich Gedacht
  • 2004 Weil Wir Alle Die Gleiche Sonne Sehen
  • 2005 Sommernacht Am Lago Maggiore
  • 2006 In Deinen Augen Lag Dolce Vita
  • 2007 Sommertraum

Filmography

Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation .... Bettina (2008)

Burn Notice .... Veronica (3 episodes, 2007)

Circus Camp (2006) .... Lena Anderson (also directed)

Last Chance Love (1997) .... Michelle

Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996) (TV) .... Afton Cooper

Murder, She Wrote .... Greta Bayer .... (2 episodes, 1986-1996)

The Huggabug Club (1995) TV series .... Miss Audrey

Burke's Law .... Dancer (1 episode, 1994)

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman .... Toots (1 episode, 1993)

Silk Stalkings .... Liza Gutierrez (1 episode, 1992)

The Cosby Show .... Cookie Bennett (1 episode, 1991)

California Casanova (1991) .... JB

One Life to Live (1968) TV series .... Charlotte Hesser (1990-1991)

Lucky Chances (1990) TV series .... Marabelle

True Blue (1 episode, 1990)

MacGyver .... Carla Yeats / ... (1 episode, 1989)

Dallas .... Afton Cooper (84 episodes, 1981-1989)

Ghost Writer (1989) (TV) .... Angela Reid

Freakshow (1989) .... Shan

Midnight Caller .... Marie Devoe / ... (1 episode, 1989)

Johann Strauss - Der König ohne Krone (1987) .... Lily

Popeye Doyle (1986) (TV) .... Jill Anneyard

Getting Even (1986) .... Paige Starson

Crazy Like a Fox (1 episode, 1986)

Hotel .... Susan (1 episode, 1986)

A Chorus Line (1985) .... Val Clarke

Deadly Twins (1985) .... Polly Morrison

The Dukes of Hazzard .... (2 episodes, 1980-1984)

Fantasy Island .... (5 episodes, 1979-1984)

The Love Boat (1 episode, 1984)

The Hitchhiker .... Priscilla Packard (1 episode, 1983)

Tennessee Stallion (1982) .... Charlotte

Our Voices Ourselves (1982) (TV) .... Student-actress

Aloha Paradise (1 episode, 1981)

Underground Aces (1981) .... Annie Wenders

1941 (1979) .... USO Girl

Young Maverick .... Sara Lou Mullen (1 episode, 1979)

The Runaways .... Verna Kenton (1 episode, 1979)

Highcliffe Manor (1979) TV series .... Wendy

Charlie's Angels .... Donna (1 episode, 1979)

Battlestar Galactica .... Miri (1 episode, 1978)

ABC Saturday Comedy Special .... Betty Cooper (1 episode, 1978)

Happy Days .... Kitty (1 episode, 1977)

Police Woman .... Nancy (1 episode, 1977)

First Ladies Diaries: Martha Washington (1975) (TV) .... Nelly Custis

Somerset (1970) TV series .... Heather Lawrence (1974-1976)

Search for Tomorrow (1951) TV series .... Connie (1973)

Emergency! .... Marsha (1 episode, 1973)

The F.B.I. .... Janine Winchell (1 episode, 1973)

Marcus Welby, M.D. .... Tracy Robbins (1 episode, 1973)

The Secret Storm (1954) TV series .... Joanna Morrison Landers #1 (1972-1973)

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