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Sandy Descher

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sandra Descher (born November 30, 1945) is an American former child actress of the 1950s. Although born in Burbank, California, she was discovered by accident while on vacation. When Descher was about five years old, her family had travelled across country to New York City where the girl fell in love with the theater after seeing The Red Shoes ballet on Broadway. On the way home, they stopped at Jackson Hole, Wyoming where coincidentally a film was being shot. The director saw her, and needing a child for the film, approached her parents. However, as they had to return home, they contacted the director later. Within six months, Sandy appeared in her first movie, It Grows on Trees, which was released in 1952. Next she appeared in a brief, but key role in the classic science-fiction film, Them! (1954). She played a catatonic child whose parents have been killed by gigantic ants. Unable to speak, she can only scream "Them", giving the film its title. The movie's cast included Edmund Gwenn, James Arness and James Whitmore. That same year, she appeared in her favorite film, The Last Time I Saw Paris. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous short story Babylon Revisited, she played Vicky, the daughter of Van Johnson and Elizabeth Taylor. After her mother dies, Vicky is adopted by her mother's sister, played by Donna Reed. The movie called on her to speak French and to dance ballet. In 1954, she also played a crippled child in a Martin and Lewis film. Then in 1955 she was in The Prodigal with Lana Turner and then played Gregory Peck's ten-year-old daughter in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. She also played Susan Walker in The 20th Century-Fox Hour remake of the 1947 film classic, Miracle on 34th Street, opposite Teresa Wright, who played her mother Doris, and Thomas Mitchell, who played Kris Kringle. In 1956, she played June Allyson's daughter Debbie in The Opposite Sex, a musical remake of The Women (1939). She also, at Van Johnson's request, appeared in another movie with him that year, The Bottom of the Bottle (1956). About this time she guest starred with Ann Doran in the CBS western series My Friend Flicka, set on a ranch in Wyoming, and on the CBS Cold War drama, Crusader, the first Brian Keith series. Her last movie at the age of twelve was the cult favorite Space Children (1958), wearing, to her embarrassment, a bathing suit. In 1959, she appeared with Bette Davis and Leif Erickson in the episode Dark Morning of CBS's anthology series, The DuPont Show with June Allyson. She guest starred on the ABC sitcom, The Real McCoys, starring Walter Brennan. In 1961, she appeared in the first season of another ABC sitcom, My Three Sons, as Elizabeth Martin, a love interest for Robbie Douglas (Don Grady) in the episode the "The Musician." Descher also appeared in a recurring role as Judy Massey, a daughter of the Loretta Young character, Christine Massey, in the CBS family drama, The New Loretta Young Show (1962–1963), with co-stars Beverly Washburn, Carol Sydes, Dirk Rambo, and Dack Rambo.


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Born:
Nov 30, 1945 In Burbank, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
17
First Appeared:
In the series Lux Video Theatre 1950-10-02
Latest Project:
Series Mickey 1964-09-16
Known For
Poster of The New Loretta Young Show
Poster of The Opposite Sex
Poster of The Last Time I Saw Paris
Filmography
Series Mickey Unknown 1964-09-16
Series The New Loretta Young Show 1962-09-24
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Movie The Space Children Eadie Johnson 1958-06-01
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie The Opposite Sex Debbie Hilliard 1956-11-15
Movie The Prodigal Yasmin (as Sandra Descher) 1955-05-06
Movie The Cobweb Rosemary McIver 1955-06-07
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Movie The Miracle on 34th Street Susan Walker 1955-12-14
Movie The Last Time I Saw Paris Vicki 1954-01-01
Movie Them! The Ellinson Girl 1954-06-16
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series I Led Three Lives Unknown 1953-10-01
Movie The Bad and the Beautiful Child Actress 1952-12-25
Movie It Grows on Trees Midge Baxter 1952-09-02
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
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