Anita Morris

Actor
A lush, full-bodied, redheaded hoofer and actress of stage and screen, Anita Morris is most famous for her role as the robustly erotic mistress who sang and writhed in a transparent body suit in the Broadway musical ... Read more »
Born: 03/13/1943 in Durham, North Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (34)

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Claudette (Actor)

Trade Winds 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Different World 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Major Dad 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Matlock: The Legacy 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Me and the Kid 1993 (Movie)

Mrs. Feldman (Actor)

Melrose Place 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Little Miss Millions 1992 (Movie)

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Off and Running 1992 (Movie)

Florence (Actor)

Martians Go Home 1990 (Movie)

Dr Jane Buchanan (Actor)

A Sinful Life 1989 (Movie)

Clair Vin Blanc (Actor)

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

Miss Missouri Martin (Actor)

The Thirteenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

18 Again 1988 (Movie)

Madelyn (Actor)

Aria 1988 (Movie)

Phoebe (Actor)

Cheers 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Eleventh Annual Circus of the Stars 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Absolute Beginners 1986 (Movie)

Dido Lament (Actor)

Blue City 1986 (Movie)

Malvina Kerch (Actor)

Ruthless People 1986 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Maria's Lovers 1985 (Movie)

Mrs Wynic (Actor)

The Hotel New Hampshire 1984 (Movie)

Ronda Ray (Actor)

Circus of the Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Eubie Blake: A Century of Music 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

So Fine 1981 (Movie)

So Fine Dancer (Actor)

The Happy Hooker 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Broad Coalition 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Masterpiece of Murder (TV Show)

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A Smoky Mountain Christmas (TV Show)

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Berrenger's (TV Show)

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Spoiled (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Bloodhounds of Broadway 1989 (Movie)

("The Man From Harlem") (Song Performer)
Other (1)

The Journey 1987 (Movie)

production assistance(Utica, New York) (Production Assistant)

Biography

A lush, full-bodied, redheaded hoofer and actress of stage and screen, Anita Morris is most famous for her role as the robustly erotic mistress who sang and writhed in a transparent body suit in the Broadway musical "Nine" (1982). Her tour-de-force performance was censored by CBS for the airing of the 1982 Tony Awards. Morris enhanced the NYC productions of "Seesaw" (1973), "The Magic Show" (1974, staged by her husband Grover Dale) "Sugar Babies" (1979, succeeding Ann Jillian) and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1981, playing Miss Mona, the brothel owner). In her glam showgirl incarnation, she graced such features as "Absolute Beginners" (1986), "Aria" (1987) and Tony Richardson's "The Hotel New Hampshire" (1984). Morris provided cameos on several timely series of the moment like "Cheers" (1987), "Miami Vice" (1987) and "Melrose Place" (1992), often as sexy single ladies and moms. She starred in the TV version of "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (Fox, 1987), taking over the role once held by Bette Midler and was cast as a sultry matriarch on the soapy miniseries "Trade Winds" (NBC, 1993). Perhaps her most remembered film role was playing the mistress of Danny De Vito in "Ruthless People" (1986).

Relationships

James Dale

Son

Grover Dale

Husband
met when they worked together on "Seesaw"

James Badge Dale Actor

Child

J Morris

Father
survived her

Eloise Morris

Mother
survived her

Byron Morris

Brother
survived her

Douglas Morris

Brother
survived her

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

1994

Final film, "Radioland Murders"; released posthumously

1993

Last TV appearance in the NBC miniseries "Trade Winds"

1987

Had recurring role as Barbara Whiteman in the Fox TV series version of "Down and Out in Beverly Hills"

1986

Offered a memorable supporting turn as Danny De Vito's sexy mistress in the comedy "Ruthless People"

1985

Played Babs Berrenger-DeGava on the short-lived series "Berrenger's" (NBC)

1982

Breakthrough stage role, cast as Carla, the mistress of film director Guido Contini, in "Nine", a Broadway musical directed by Tommy Tune and based on Fellini's "8 1/2"; created controversy with her costume (a black lace body stocking) as well as her gyra

1981

Assumed the leading role of Miss Mona, the brothel owner, in the stage musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", staged by Tune

1981

Played a dancer in "So Fine"

1980

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer

1979

Replaced Ann Jillian in the Broadway musical "Sugar Babies"

1974

Appeared in "The Magic Show", directed by her husband Grover Dale

1973

First speaking role on Broadway, "Seesaw"; initial collaboration with Tommy Tune

1972

Feature debut, "The Broad Coalition"

1970

Broadway debut, chorus member of "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Began performing with the American Mime Theater

Bonus Trivia

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"The spirit od Marilyn Monroe resides in the body and soul of Anita Morris." --author Norman Mailer in 1982 after seeing Morris in "Nine"

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"The truth is, you really don't direct Anita; you just watch and marvel at her. Because she did all of that herself [create the gyrations for "A Phone Call From the Vatican" in "Nine"]. I got a lot of credit for [the number], but all I did was get Maury [Yeston] to write it. Anita had unfailing taste; as shocking as things were that she did, they wer never vulgar. She was always right on the money." --Tommy Tune quoted in InTheater, July 12-19, 1999.

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