Resting place Cremation
|Name Bridgette Andersen|
Years active 1982–1987
|Full Name Marriah Bridget Andersen|
Born July 11, 1975 (Age 22) (1975-07-11) Inglewood, California, USA
Cause of death Overdose of alcohol and drugs
Died May 18, 1997 (Aged 22) , Los Angeles, California, United States
Movies and TV shows Savannah Smiles, The Parent Trap II, Faerie Tale Theatre, Fever Pitch, Nightmares
Similar Dana Plato , Brad Renfro , Anissa Jones
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- Early life and career
In Memory Of Bridgette Andersen
Early life and career
Marriah Bridget Andersen was born in Inglewood, California to Frank Glasse and Teresa Andersen, Bridgette Andersen (as she was known professionally) was raised in Malibu, California, and from an early age, she showed exceptional intelligence. By two years old, she decided she wanted to be an actress and eventually began a career as a child model before breaking into acting at age seven in the 1982 TV movie, Washington Mistress. Later that year, Andersen appeared in her most memorable role as the title character in Savannah Smiles, followed by roles in Family Ties, Remington Steele, and as a young Mae West in the TV biopic of the actress' life.
In 1983, Andersen appeared as Celia in the short lived sitcom Gun Shy, and was also nominated for a Young Artist Award for her role in Savannah Smiles. She followed up with a role in the horror film, Nightmares. She was nominated for a second time for a Young Artist Award for her role in Gun Shy the following year.
Throughout the mid-1980s, Andersen continued to appear in episodic television, T.V. movies and features films, including: A Summer to Remember in 1985, Hotel, Fever Pitch with Ryan O'Neal, The Golden Girls, and The Parent Trap II with Hayley Mills.
By 1987, Andersen's roles were infrequent with her only appearances being in an episode of CBS Summer Playhouse and an independent film entitled Too Much. One of Andersen's last roles was a small part in a Pepsi commercial that aired during Super Bowl XXX on January 28, 1996. Her last acting role was in the independent feature Locker 28. However, the film has never been released.
Andersen made her last television appearance in the episode entitled Eating Hollywood on Unhappily Ever After as her role as Drew, which aired on November 17, 1996.
Andersen was reportedly not close to her family and had little contact with them. During her teen years, she struggled with an addiction to heroin, and at the time of her death, was attempting to stay clean while working at Erewhon Health Food Store in Los Angeles, California.
On May 18, 1997, Andersen died of a heroin overdose. She was twenty-one years old. Her funeral service was held on May 25, 1997 at Malibu United Methodist Church. Andersen was buried in Fir Grove Cemetery in Ada, Oregon.