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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, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
21
First Appeared:
In the series Lux Video Theatre 1950-10-02
Latest Project:
Series Mickey 1964-09-16
Known For
Poster of The New Phil Silvers Show
Poster of The New Loretta Young Show
Poster of The Space Children
Poster of Them!
Filmography

Mickey (1964)

Series
as Unknown

The New Phil Silvers Show (1963)

Comedy
Series

The New Loretta Young Show (1962)

Comedy Drama
Series

The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

The Space Children (1958)

Science Fiction
Movie
as Eadie Johnson
5.4 5 votes

The Donna Reed Show (1958)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.7 3 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.8 21 votes

The Opposite Sex (1956)

Drama Comedy Music Romance
Movie
as Debbie Hilliard
5.4 4 votes

The Cobweb (1955)

Drama
Movie
as Rosemary McIver
4 4 votes

The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Matinee Theater (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Miracle on 34th Street (1955)

TV Movie
Movie
as Susan Walker
4.8 3 votes

The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

Romance Drama
Movie
as Vicki
5.1 7 votes

Them! (1954)

Horror Mystery Science Fiction
Movie
as The Ellinson Girl
6.8 94 votes

General Electric Theater (1953)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown

Letter to Loretta (1953)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

I Led Three Lives (1953)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Dangerous Assignment (1952)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown

It Grows on Trees (1952)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Midge Baxter
6.5 1 votes

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Child Actress
7.3 39 votes

Lux Video Theatre (1950)

Drama
Series
as Unknown