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Overview (4)

Born in Durham, North Carolina, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (ovarian cancer)
Birth NameAnita Rose Morris
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anita Rose Morris was born on March 14, 1943 in Durham, North Carolina, to Eloise (Chappell), who worked in the theater, and James Badgett Morris, a doctor. Among her many roles, the most prominent film role was as Carol Dodsworth in Ruthless People (1986), and for her sensual performance as Carla in the musical "Nine" opposite Raul Julia. While nominated for a Best Featuted Actress Tony Award as Carla, she lost to her co-star Liliane Montevecchi. Her signature number in "Nine" was "A Call from the Vatican", and she also sang "Simple", late in act two. She was scheduled to perform the former at the Tony Awards in 1982, but the television censors found her outfit too revealing. Her stage work began at the American Mime Theatre, and carried her to Broadway both for "Nine", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Seesaw", "The Magic Show", "Sugar Babies" and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas".

Morris' film work included The Hotel New Hampshire (1984), Absolute Beginners (1986) with David Bowie and James Fox, Ruthless People (1986) with Danny DeVito and Bette Midler, 18 Again! (1988) with George Burns and Charlie Schlatter, Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989) and Radioland Murders (1994), which was her final film role. During the 1980s and 1990s, she played guest roles in sitcoms and dramas, including Miami Vice (1984), Who's the Boss? (1984), Murder, She Wrote (1984), Cheers (1982), Matlock (1986), Melrose Place (1992), Tales from the Crypt (1989) and A Different World (1987). Anita Morris died at age 50 of ovarian cancer on March 2, 1994 in Los Angeles, California. She was interred at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham, North Carolina.

Anita was married to actor and director Grover Dale. Their son is actor James Badge Dale.

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Spouse (1)

Grover Dale (1973 - 2 March 1994) ( her death) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (4)

Strawberry blonde hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Voluptuous figure
Lisp, breathless voice

Trivia (13)

Mother of actor James Badge Dale.
She was an experienced stage performer, appearing on Broadway in the musicals, "Jesus Christ Superstar", "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and she won a Tony Award nomination for "Nine". She was scheduled to perform a musical number from "Nine" for the Tony Awards broadcast in 1982, but her stage outfit was so revealing that censors refused to let her perform.
Diagnosed and waging a private battle with ovarian cancer as early as 1980, she lasted nearly 15 years after being told she only had five years at the most.
Morris began her career in the American Mime Theatre where her face was frequently hidden behind masks, limiting her to expression through her body.
She was nominated for the Tony Award as the sultry, scene-stealing mistress in "Nine" in 1982, but lost to her co-star Liliane Montevecchi. Jane Krakowski won a Tony Award for recreating Morris's sizzling role in the 2003 revival.
A longtime friend of choreographer and fellow hoofer Tommy Tune, who used her in many of his projects including "Seesaw", "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and the award-winning "Nine".
Made her Broadway debut in the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" in which she created a major stir by scaling a fifty foot high set.
Married stage director and choreographer Grover Dale. She was his personal assistant for the musical "Seesaw".
Anita Morris passed away on April 2, 1994, less two weeks away from what would have been her 51st birthday on April 14.
Graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) in Los Angeles, California (1962).
Following her sudden death, she was interred at Maplewood Cemetary in Durham, North Carolina.
Featured in the music video "She Was Hot" by The Rolling Stones (1984).
Parents were James Badgett and Eloise (Chappell) Morris.

Personal Quotes (1)

I showed New York that sex on a stage can be fun. I've been a sex symbol all my life, but it doesn't bother me. I can sing, dance and act. What do I have to worry about?

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