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Sandra Descher,was an American child actress in the 1950s. Born in Burbank, California on November 30, 1945, she was discovered by accident while on vacation,when her family stopped at Jackson Hole, Wyoming on the way home from New York City. A film was being shot and the director saw her, and needing a child for the film, approached her parents. They later contacted the director, and six months later Sandy appeared in her first movie, "It Grows on Trees", 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. That same year, she appeared in her favorite film, "The Last Time I Saw Paris". The movie called on her to speak French and to dance ballet. 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". Her last movie at about age 12, was the cult favorite "Space Children" (1958), wearing, to her embarrassment, a bathing suit. She then, in the 1960s, went into television work, appearing on many of Loretta Young's shows and as a regular in "The New Phil Silvers Show", as well as many other programs. Her memories of her acting years are almost all pleasant, except she did receive a number of kidnapping threats.
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