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Subject: Anne Burr McDermott, Early TV Actress

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Date Posted: March 04, 2003 12:24:16 EDT

Anne Burr McDermott, who as Anne Burr was a leading lady on Broadway and radio and in early television in the 1940's and 50's, died on Feb. 1 not far from her home in Old Lyme, Conn. She was 84.

After acting in stock and radio roles, she made her Broadway debut in 1941 in the drama "Native Son," staged by Orson Welles.

Brooks Atkinson in The New York Times praised what he called her "grim acting of the rich man's daughter" as "an accurate and fearless sketch of character without loss of time or motion."

Other plays she acted in included "Plan M" (1942) and "The Hasty Heart" (1945). She signed a long-term contract at R.K.O. Radio Pictures and performed in radio dramas. In the early 1950's she was the leading lady, playing a doctor, in the CBS television series "City Hospital."

She was also one of the original stars of "As the World Turns."

After being blacklisted during the McCarthy era, she returned to an active television career.

In 1959 she ended her professional career and moved to Los Angeles with her husband, Tom McDermott, whom she had married in 1953.

Her husband died in 1990. She is survived by a daughter, Maggie McDermott-Walsh of Bernardsville, N.J.; two sons, Burr, of Boston, and Michael, of Beijing; and five grandchildren.

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