Tisha Sterling

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Tisha Sterling
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Sterling in a trailer for Coogan's Bluff (1968)
Patricia Ann Sterling

(1944-12-10) December 10, 1944 (age 78)
Other namesPatricia Sterling
Tish Sterling
Years active1960–1999
Lal Baum
(m. 1965;div. 1970)
Parent(s) Robert Sterling
Ann Sothern

Patricia Ann "Tisha" Sterling (born December 10, 1944) is a retired American actress. She is the only daughter of actor Robert Sterling and actress Ann Sothern.


Life and career

Sterling was born in Los Angeles, California. Her parents divorced when she was three years old. [1]

Sterling started acting in the 1960s with an appearance on her mother's television series The Ann Sothern Show . She later appeared in episodes of The Donna Reed Show ; The Long, Hot Summer ; Bonanza ; Batman episodes 43 and 44 as Legs, the daughter of Ma Parker (played by Shelley Winters); The Name of the Game ; The Bold Ones: The Lawyers ; Hawaii Five-O ; Columbo and The New Adventures of Perry Mason .

She appeared in the feature films Village of the Giants (1965), Coogan's Bluff (1968), and Norwood (1970).

In 1987, Sterling played a younger version of her mother's character (in flashbacks) in The Whales of August . Following that role, she appeared in two other films. Sterling made her last onscreen appearance in Breakfast of Champions (1999), opposite Bruce Willis.

She has since retired from acting, and works as a florist in Ketchum, Idaho (where her mother lived for many years until her death in 2001) with her daughter, Heidi Bates Hogan. Sterling was married to Lal Baum (1937–1987), the great-grandson of author L. Frank Baum, from 1965 until 1970. Baum died of a brain tumor on July 21, 1987.



1965 Village of the Giants Jean
1968 The Name of the Game Is Kill! Nan Terry
1968 Journey to Shiloh Airybelle Sumner
1968 Coogan's Bluff Linny Raven
1970 Norwood Marie
1971 The Sandpit Generals Dora
1974Sonic BoomLori TruckShort
1975 Crazy Mama Young Sheba Stokes
1976 The Killer Inside Me Amy Stanton
1982 Burned at the Stake Karen Graham
1987 The Whales of August Young Tisha
1992 Dark Horse Officer Ross
1999 Breakfast of Champions Beatrice Keedsler


1964 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Rachel"Change of Address"
1965 Dr. Kildare Sheila Winfield"Lullaby for an Indian Summer"
1965 Mr. Novak Myra"The Firebrand"
1965 The Donna Reed Show Teresa"Pop Goes Teresa"
1965 The Long, Hot Summer Susan Beauchamp"The Homecoming", "A Time for Living", "A Stranger to the House"
1965 Slattery's People Cindy Markham"Of Damon, Pythias, and Sleeping Dogs"
1966 Vacation Playhouse Elsie Stanhope"Frank Merriwell"
1966 Batman Legs"The Greatest Mother of Them All", "Ma Parker"
1966 T.H.E. Cat Phoebe"Curtains for Miss Winslow"
1967 Get Smart Miss U.S.A."The Girls from KAOS"
1967 The Road West Tassie"Eleven Miles to Eden"
1967 Run for Your Life Tia"It Could Only Happen in Rome"
1968 Bonanza Laura Jean Pollard"Star Crossed"
1968 It Takes a Thief Madame Trish Marcu"Birds of a Feather"
1969 The Name of the Game Niobe Redsmith / Alice Ward"Love-In at Ground Zero", "The Bobby Currier Story"
1969 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Casey Woods"What's the Price of a Pair of Eyes?"
1969–1971 Insight Mary"Exit", "A Man Called Don"
1970 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Joan McPartland"This Will Really Kill You"
1970 Night Slaves Annie Fletcher / NaillilTV film
1970 The Immortal Julie Dudley / Nancy Dudley"Paradise Bay"
1971 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Joyce Hyland"The Hyland Confession"
1971 The Virginian Melissa"Flight from Memory"
1971 Bearcats! Beth Parkinson"Powderkeg"
1971 A Death of Innocence Buffie CameronTV film
1972 The Sixth Sense Annette Gordon"Lady, Lady, Take My Life"
1972 Medical Center Dr. Maggie Craig"Confession"
1972 Night Gallery Fern"The Return of the Sorceror"
1972 Another Part of the Forest BirdieTV film
1972 Ironside Wanda Bolen"Who'll Cry for My Baby"
1973 Snatched Robin WoodTV film
1973 Hawaii Five-O Eadie Scott"Little Girl Blue"
1973 Columbo Linda Johnson"Candidate for Crime"
1973 The New Perry Mason Susan"The Case of the Jailed Justice"
1974The Wide World of MysteryKimberly"Death Is a Bad Trip"
1974 Betrayal Gretchen Addison / Adele MurphyTV film
1975 Caribe Sue Mallory"The Assassin"
1976Kiss Me, Kill MeMaureen CoyleTV film
1976 Serpico Jenny"Strike!"
1976 Police Woman Celia"Bait"
1977 McMillan & Wife Anna Meridio"Coffee, Tea, or Cyanide"
1977In the Glitter PalaceGrace MayoTV film
1981 Charlie's Angels Mary"Angel on the Line"
1986 The Young and the Restless ConnieGuest role (3 episodes)

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