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Also Known As: Kay Ann Lenz Died:
Born: March 4, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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Reedy, wistful brunette lead of the 1970s turned versatile character actress of TV in the 80s and 90s. Lenz began as a child actress in local California TV and had played roles on "Ironside", "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Tammy Grimes Show" before being cast in George Lucas's "American Graffiti" (1973). She enjoyed one of her best-remembered parts that same year when she played a precocious drifter who becomes involved with an older man in Clint Eastwood's third directorial effort, the sensitive if minor "Breezy". Films including "White Line Fever" (1975) and "Moving Violation" (1976), however, did not reinforce her status as a prominent new ingenue, and she began alternating leads with supporting roles later in the decade. Whether playing tough in "Stripped to Kill" (1987) or sexy in the poor country-western drama "Falling from Grace" (1992), Lenz rose above her often middling material, but she was less well-served by "Mean Dog Blues" (1978), and her credits include mostly obscure items like "Fear" (1988) and "Streets" (1990).

Reedy, wistful brunette lead of the 1970s turned versatile character actress of TV in the 80s and 90s. Lenz began as a child actress in local California TV and had played roles on "Ironside", "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Tammy Grimes Show" before being cast in George Lucas's "American Graffiti" (1973). She enjoyed one of her best-remembered parts that same year when she played a precocious drifter who becomes involved with an older man in Clint Eastwood's third directorial effort, the sensitive if minor "Breezy". Films including "White Line Fever" (1975) and "Moving Violation" (1976), however, did not reinforce her status as a prominent new ingenue, and she began alternating leads with supporting roles later in the decade. Whether playing tough in "Stripped to Kill" (1987) or sexy in the poor country-western drama "Falling from Grace" (1992), Lenz rose above her often middling material, but she was less well-served by "Mean Dog Blues" (1978), and her credits include mostly obscure items like "Fear" (1988) and "Streets" (1990).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Gunfighter's Moon (1997) Linda Yarnell
2.
 Journey of the Heart (1997) Marvelle
3.
 Gun, A Car, A Blonde, A (1997) Peep--Madge
4.
 Shame II: The Secret (1995) Ginny
5.
 Trapped in Space (1995) Chief Gillings
6.
 Trapped In Space (1994)
8.
 Falling From Grace (1992) P J Parks
9.
 Hitler's Daughter (1991) Leona Gordon
10.
 Streets (1990) Lieutenant
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Made TV debut as a child appearing in the arms of singer Dottie O'Brien on "Al Jarvis's Hollywood on Television"
1964:
Acted and sang on the TV show, "My Genie and Me" at age 11; performed on 165 episodes (date approximate)
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Performed on many TV commercials and played child and teen bits on shows including "Ironside", "The Tammy Grimes Show", "The Monroes" and "The Andy Griffith Show"
1973:
Made feature film debut in a bit part in "American Graffiti"
1973:
Played first prominent feature film role in "Breezy"
1976:
Played Kate Jordache in the landmark ABC-TV miniseries, "Rich Man, Poor Man" and its sequel, "Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II"
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Played recurring role of Tina Cassidy on the NBC drama series, "Midnight Caller"
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Played Maggie Zombro on the NBC drama series, "Reasonable Doubts"
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Education

Grant High School: Van Nuys , California -

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husband:
David Cassidy. Actor, singer. Divorced.

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