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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 February 1919Paris, France
Date of Death 22 April 2003Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameGeorgette André Barry
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Andrea King was born Georgette André Barry in Paris, France, however she lived there only two months before her mother, Belle Hart, brought her back to the United States. Belle was an ambulance driver on the front lines during World War I, as well as a dancer with the renowned Isadora Duncan. Andrea was raised in Forest Hills, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, and adopted her stepfather's surname of McKee when she began acting professionally at the age of 14. Prior to signing with Warner Bros. in 1944, she appeared in three Broadway plays and two national companies, and managed to squeeze in her first screen appearance in The March of Time's first feature-length film entitled The Ramparts We Watch (1940). After signing with Warner Bros. and changing her professional name, Andrea's career took off very quickly, and she appeared in nine films in 18 months. The Warner Bros. studio photographers voted Andrea the most photogenic actress on the lot for the year 1945. Her first leading role came early on with Hotel Berlin (1945), and until she left the studio system in 1946, she continued on as a glamorous, often mysterious leading lady. Throughout the late 1940s and 1950s, she continued to work steadily in leading roles and "bad girl" second leads, and made many starring television appearances as well, most notably in the original 1953 live broadcast of "Witness for the Prosecution" for Lux Video Theatre (1950) opposite Edward G. Robinson. For her early work in television she received one of the first stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Andrea continued to make occasional TV and film appearances through the late 1990s, until shortly before her death in 2003. She also wrote children's stories and an autobiography. Her daughter Deb Callahan currently lives in the Chicago area with her husband Tim, and Andrea's three grandchildren: Kate, Drew and Christopher.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Paul Miles Schneider

Andrea King was born on February 1, 1919, in Paris, France, as Georgette Andre Barry. She was mainly a character actress and appeared in a number of films in her 54-year career, beginning in 1940 when she landed the role of Hilda Bensinger in The Ramparts We Watch (1940). It would be four more years before she appeared in another, The Very Thought of You (1944). Throughout the 1940s she appeared in good roles, but her film persona never really caught on with the public, as it did with other actresses. Because of her infrequent appearances, it was hard for her to make a good living, so she turned to the relatively new medium of television in 1950, appearing in such productions as Lux Video Theatre (1950), and many fans will remember her for her frequent appearances on Perry Mason (1957). Even though she found steady employment in television - both in series and made-for-TV films

  • she still returned to the big screen every so often, her last


appearance being in The Color of Evening (1994).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson

Spouse (1)

Nathaniel H. Willis (6 October 1940 - 27 July 1970) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (7)

Was a staunch Democrat and strongly supported the unsuccessful campaign run of Bill Bradley.
Her screen name was given to her by Jack L. Warner.
Her mother, Belle Hart, was a stage actress who drove ambulances for the American Red Cross during World War I.
Was an author of children's books.
Was voted the most photographic actress of Warner Bros. Studios in 1945.
Is buried at Zion Episcopal Churchyard in Charles Town, West Virginia.
Actress Eleanor Parker was her closest friend.

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