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Sandy Descher

BornSandra Descher ( 1945-11-30 ) November 30, 1945 (age 74) Burbank, California , U.S.
Years active1952-1966
Spouse(s)Donald White

Born in Burbank, California, she has a younger brother, Michael. She attends North Hollywood High School. She was discovered by accident while on vacation. When Descher was about five years old, her family had traveled across the country to New York City, where girl fell in love with theater after seeing Red Shoes ballet on Broadway. On the way home, they stopped at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where coincidentally film was being shot. 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 grow on Trees, which was released in 1952. Next she appears in a brief, but key role in the classic science-fiction film, Them!. She plays 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 includes Edmund Gwenn, Jam Arness and James Whitmore. In 1954, news item reported that Descher was the only long-term contract child in Hollywood, having been signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. That same year, she appeared in her favorite film, Last Time I Saw Paris. Base on F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous short story Babylon Revisit, she plays Vicky, 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 calls on her to speak French and to dance ballet. In 1954, she also played a cripple child in a Martin and Lewis film. In 1955, she was in Prodigal with Lana Turner. Then she played Gregory Peck's ten-year-old daughter in Man in Gray Flannel Suit. In 1956, she played June Allyson's daughter Debbie in Opposite Sex, musical remake of Women. She appeared in another movie with Van Johnson that year, Bottom of Bottle. Around this time, she guest starred with Ann Doran in the Western series My Friend Flicka, and in the Cold War drama series, Crusader. Her last movie, at the age of 12, was cult favorite Space Children, wearing, to her embarrassment, bathing Suit. In 1959, she appeared in an episode of Dark Morning of CBS's anthology series, DuPont Show with June Allyson. She guest star in Real McCoys. In 1961, she appeared in the first season of My Three Sons, as Elizabeth Martin, love interest for Robbie Douglas in the episode Musician. Descher also appears in a recurring role as Judy Massey, daughter of Loretta Young's character, Christine Massey, in the CBS family drama, New Loretta Young Show. She plays Susanna in Donna Reed Show, and Susan, daughter of Elena Verdugo's character of Audrey, in CBS's sitcom New Phil Silvers Show.

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