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Houston, Texas, USA
Place of Death
Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.
Cause of Death
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Meredith MacRae (May 30, 1944 in Houston, Texas – July 14, 2000 in Manhattan Beach, California) was an American actress. MacRae was best known for her television roles as Billie Jo on Petticoat Junction and as Sally Ann in My Three Sons. She also took over the role of Animal from Valora Noland in Bikini Beach (1964), the third Beach Party film produced by American International Pictures. She also made guest appearances on such shows as: The F.B.I., The Rockford Files, Fantasy Island, Webster, CHiPS, Love American Style, and Magnum, P.I.. Her game show appearances were also numerous and included: Funny You Should Ask, Match Game, What`s My Line?, I`ve Got A Secret, Tattletales (with then-husband Greg Mullavey), Hollywood Squares, To Tell The Truth, Password (ABC version), $10,000 Pyramid, Mantrap, Break The Bank, Celebrity Whew!, Beat the Clock, Card Sharks, and Family Feud. Other movie roles included Norwood, co-starring with Glen Campbell and Joe Namath and The Census Taker with her 2nd husband, Greg Mullavey. In the 1980s, she hosted Mid-Morning Los Angeles and was awarded a local Emmy for her interviewing skills. Later, she created and hosted Born Famous - a PBS series in which she interviewed children of famous celebrities. In summer stock, in her teens, she appeared with Dan Daily in “Take Me Along”, with Andy Williams in “Bye Bye Birdie”, and in “Annie Get Your Gun”.
MacRae worked to raise funds for such causes as The Children`s Burn Foundation, The American Cancer Society and United Cerebral Palsy. She was also the honorary chairperson for the National Council on Alcoholism and spoke to groups all across the country. After getting the part of Sally Ann in My Three Sons, she eventually obtained a BA in English from UCLA. She said, "While mom and dad were a little disappointed I didn’t finish college, they didn’t object. But I feel different. I’m not going to give up the idea of college. Next spring, when we take a production break from the series ( My Three Sons ), I’m going right back and pick up where I left off. I know now what a big mistake it would have been to be a high school drop-out. I’ve learned so much that will help me in my career and in life generally." She was the daughter of show business parents Gordon and Sheila MacRae, the sister of Gar, and Heather MacRae. Her only child is her daughter Allison Mullavey by her second marriage to actor Greg Mullavey. Her first marriage was to MGM executive Richard Berger. Her third and final marriage was to Fortune 500 CEO Philip Neal. She credited her parents with instilling a proper work ethic in her and for keeping her feet on the ground. She said, “We lived in a modest home in the San Fernando Valley instead of the fashionable Beverly Hills which the family could have afforded. Mom and Dad didn’t want us to feel superior to the other kids. I had to earn the things I wanted all the way from dolls to party gowns by doing chores around the house and taking care of my younger sister and brothers. “Lots of kids in my circle automatically got a car when they were 16. Not me. Dad said he would get me a car when I got straight A`s two years in a row in school. I slaved away and finally made it. I got the car with the warning that if I didn’t continue with straight A`s, it would be taken away.”
In the late 90s after experiencing vertigo and headaches she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She endured surgery and chemotherapy, even volunteering to test a new cancer drug, but to no avail. On July 14, 2000, she died from complications of brain cancer at the age of 56. At the time of her death MacRae was married to Phil Neal, CEO of Avery Dennison Corporation. Neal joined Avery Dennison in 1974 and became CEO of the office products giant in 1998 and was named Chairman in 2000. Neal retired from Avery Dennison in 2005 and died from heart failure on October 29, 2008.
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Meredith Lynn MacRae (May 30, 1944 – July 14, 2000) was an American actress and singer known for her roles as Sally Morrison on My Three Sons (1963–1965) and as Billie Jo Bradley on Petticoat Junction (1966–1970).
Gordon MacRae (March 12, 1921 – January 24, 1986)
Sheila Margaret Stephens (September 24, 1924)
Gar MacRae, Heather MacRae (October 5, 1946)
Full Name at Birth
Meredith Lynn MacRae
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