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'Topper' Star Anne Jeffreys Dies At 94

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Actress and singer Anne Jeffreys has died at 94.

Jeffreys, known for her film, TV and Broadway roles, was reported to have died peacefully in her sleep on Sept. 27 at her home in Los Angeles, according to her manager, Don Gibble, the Los Angeles Times reports.

She had movie roles including love interest Tess Trueheart in two Dick Tracy films in the 1940s, and roles in "Riffraff" and "Richard III," among others. She also performed on Broadway in "Kiss Me Kate," "My Romance," "Street Scene," and "Three Wishes For Jamie," according to the Boston Globe.

She was also known for her television roles, including Amanda Barrington on "General Hospital" and a starring role alongside her husband, Robert Sterling, in the comedy "Topper," in which she played a ghost known as "the ghostess with the mostess" who haunted a banker.

She also had roles in "My Three Sons," "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "Bonanza," and "Murder, She Wrote," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Her last role was in HBO's "Getting On" in 2013.

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Born Anne Carmichael in 1923, the actress said her mother had encouraged her to sing from a young age.

"She heard me singing along with the phonograph when I was 6," said Jeffreys in a 1993 interview, "and I guess that started things."

She also co-starred with Frank Sinatra in "Step Lively," released in 1944, according to Extra. Jeffreys remembered Sinatra as a "smart-alecky, little, skinny, wide-eyed" man, and said the two of them became good friends.

"I've found the other side of Frank that a lot of people don't know," explained Jeffreys in an interview, "his generosity and caring for people."

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Jeffreys is survived by her sons, Jeff, Dana and Tyler, as well as five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Co-stars and users on social media paid tribute to the late star, celebrating her life and work.

"RIP Anne Jeffreys," tweeted actor and director Jon Lindstrom. "Always elegant, refined, and gracious. An example for actors, and human beings, everywhere. I miss you already."

"Anne Jeffreys, my mother-in-law on Port Charles, has passed away," tweeted co-star Rebecca Staab. "RIP 'Amanda Barrington.'"

"Met her and husband Robert Sterling at the Roddenberry's house. They sang for me. Thrilling," tweeted actor Brent Spiner.

"So sorry to hear of the passing of Anne Jeffreys," wrote actress Lindsay Wagner. "What a dear strong lady. It was a joy to have worked together. Blessings to the family."

Sources: Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, The Hollywood Reporter, Extra, Twitter (2, 3, 4) / Featured Image: Bureau of Industrial Service for NBC-TV via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Foladare-Greer and Associates, Hollywood via Wikimedia CommonsCBS Television-CBS Portrait by Gabor Rona via Wikimedia Commons

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