Andra Martin

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Andra Martin
Andra Martin Efrem Zimbalist Jr. 77 Sunset Strip 1960.JPG
Martin with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. in 1960
Born
Sandra Rehn

(1935-07-15)July 15, 1935[1]
DiedMay 3, 2022(2022-05-03) (aged 86)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress
Years active1956–1963
Notable work
The Thing That Couldn't Die, Up Periscope, Yellowstone Kelly
Spouse(s)
  • (m. 1958; div. 1960)
  • David May II
    (m. 1962; div. 1968)
  • Philip M. Stein
    (m. 1970⁠–⁠2022)
Children2 (with Hardin)

Andra Martin (born Sandra Rehn, July 15, 1935 – May 3, 2022) was an American actress who appeared in many television series and a few movies as a contract player for Warner Bros. in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Early years

Martin was born Sandra Rehn, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Walter Rehn.[2] She grew up near Rockford, Illinois, on her parents' farm,[3] graduated from Monroe Center High School[4] and studied dramatics for two years at Northwestern University. From there, she went to New York and worked as a model while she studied acting under Lee Strasberg.[3] She honed her acting skills in the summer playhouse at Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania.[5]

Career

Martin's film debut came in Street of Sinners (1957).[6] The Lady Takes a Flyer (1958) was the first film in which she was billed as Andra Martin.[7] That same year, she appeared in the horror film The Thing That Couldn't Die, about a 400-year-old head that uses telepathic control of various people to help him find his body. Also in 1958 she won the Hollywood Debut Award. Martin was James Garner's leading lady in the 1959 film Up Periscope, and the daughter/secretary on the Perry Mason TV-series episode "The Case of the Prodigal Parent." She also played the role of defendant Arlene Ferris in the 1961 episode, "The Case of the Waylaid Wolf."[citation needed]

Martin played Wahleeah, a captive American Indian maiden who became the love interest of Clint Walker in Yellowstone Kelly (1959) and appeared in various television series, including Maverick in the episodes "Gun-Shy" with James Garner, "Hadley's Hunters" with Jack Kelly, "Thunder from the North" (1960) with Roger Moore. She was also featured as leading lady in series such as The Alaskans, 77 Sunset Strip, Colt .45, Bourbon Street Beat, Hawaiian Eye, Surfside Six, Bronco, Lawman, Cheyenne, Bachelor Father, and Wagon Train, among others.

Personal life

Politically Martin identified as a "Conservative Republican." She stated that she voted for Eisenhower in 1956 United States presidential election, which was the first time she had ever voted, and that she voted for Barry Goldwater in the 1964 United States presidential election. In both the 1968 United States presidential election and the 1972 United States presidential election she campaigned for Richard Nixon. She said the only time she ever voted for a Democrat was in 1960 when she voted for John F. Kennedy.[8]On August 30, 1958, Martin married actor Ty Hardin in North Hollywood, California,[9] despite the objections of Warner Bros. studios, for which they both worked.[2] They were the parents of twin sons born in 1959.[10]

On June 23, 1962, she married David May II, heir to a chain of department stores.[11] They were divorced in 1968.[12]

Martin died on May 3, 2022, at the age of 86.[13]

References

  1. ^ "Andra Martin - the Private Life and Times of Andra Martin. Andra Martin Pictures".
  2. ^ a b "A Tale of a Blighted Troth". Life. Time Inc. September 1, 1958. pp. 24–25. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b Mercer, Charles (October 15, 1956). "Sandra Rehn on Way Up, Cops 'Most Beautiful' Role". Delaware County Times. Pennsylvania, Chester. Associated Press. p. 47. Retrieved February 20, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ "How Time Flies". Belvidere Daily Republican. Illinois, Belvidere. July 1, 1958. p. 2. Retrieved February 20, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ Bacon, James (September 1, 1957). "Andra's A Combined Liz Taylor AND Betty Grable". The Tampa Tribune. Florida, Tampa. Associated Press. p. 11-D. Retrieved February 20, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ "Sandra Rehn Now In Movie". Belvidere Daily Republican. Illinois, Belvidere. October 30, 1957. p. 4. Retrieved February 20, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  7. ^ Gardner, Hy (May 16, 1957). "Hy Gardner". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. p. 13. Retrieved February 20, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  8. ^ Who's who in California, Volume 26 - Who's Who Historical Society, 1997
  9. ^ Field, Eunice (January 1959). "The Good Luck Man From Texas". TV Radio Mirror. 51 (2): 26–29, 68–69.
  10. ^ "10 years ago". Belvidere Daily Republican. Illinois, Belvidere. January 20, 1970. p. 4. Retrieved February 20, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  11. ^ "Department Store Heir Sued For Divorce". Reno Gazette-Journal. Nevada, Reno. Associated Press. January 10, 1968. p. 40. Retrieved February 20, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  12. ^ "Department Store Heir Divorced". Progress Bulletin. California, Pomona. Associated Press. April 25, 1968. p. 43. Retrieved February 20, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  13. ^ "Andra Martin Stein". Legacy. Retrieved 11 May 2022.

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