Tisha Sterling

Tisha Sterling

Tisha Sterling and Michael Douglas in CBS Playhouse (1969)
Born Patricia Ann Sterling
(1944-12-10) December 10, 1944
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence Ketchum, Blaine County, Idaho
Other names Patricia Sterling
Occupation Actress
Years active 1960–99
Spouse(s) Lal Baum (m. 1965–70)
Children Heidi Bates Hogan (b. 1966)
Parent(s) Robert Sterling
Ann Sothern

Patricia Ann "Tisha" Sterling (born December 10, 1944) is an American television and film actress. She is the only daughter of actor Robert Sterling and actress and singer Ann Sothern. Her first film role was Jean, one of the ensemble cast of rebellious teens portrayed in the cult classic Village of the Giants (1965).

Life and career

Born in Los Angeles, California, 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 (TV series), Batman episodes 43 and 44 as Legs, the daughter of Ma Parker (played by Shelley Winters), The Name of the Game, The Bold Ones, Hawaii Five-O, 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 to date in Breakfast of Champions (1999), opposite Bruce Willis. She has since retired from acting, and currently resides 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 on July 21, 1987.


Year Film Role Notes
1965 Village of the Giants Jean
1968 The Name of the Game Is Kill Nan Terry Alternative title: The Female Trap
Journey to Shiloh Airybelle Sumner
Coogan's Bluff Linny Raven, Ringerman's Girlfriend
1969 Big Daddy Alternative title: Paradise Road
1970 Norwood Marie
1971 The Sandpit Generals Dora Alternative titles: The Defiant
The Wild Pack
1975 Crazy Mama Young Sheba
1976 The Killer Inside Me Amy Stanton
1981 Burned at the Stake Karen Graham Alternative title: The Coming
1987 The Whales of August Young Tisha
1992 Dark Horse Officer Ross
1999 Breakfast of Champions Beatrice Keedsler
Year Title Role Notes
1960 The Donna Reed Show Girl 1 episode
1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Rachel 1 episode
1965 Dr. Kildare Sheila Winfield 1 episode
Mr. Novak Myra "The Firebrand"
The Donna Reed Show 1 episode
The Long, Hot Summer Susan Beauchamp 3 episodes
Slattery's People Cindy Markham 1 episode
1966 Vacation Playhouse Elsie Stanhope 1 episode
Batman Legs Parker 2 episodes (43 and 44)
T.H.E. Cat Girl 1 episode
1967 Get Smart Miss U.S.A. 1 episode
The Road West Tassie 1 episode
Run for Your Life Tia 1 episode
1968 Bonanza Laura Jean Pollard 1 episode
It Takes a Thief Madame Trish Marku 1 episode
1969 The Name of the Game Niobe Redsmith
Alice Ward
2 episodes
CBS Playhouse 1 episode
1969–1970 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Casey Woods
2 episodes
1970 Night Slaves Annie Fletcher/Naillil Television movie
The Immortal Julie/Nancy Dudley 1 episode
1970–1971 Insight Mary 2 episodes
1971 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Joyce Hyland 1 episode
The Virginian Melissa 1 episode
Powderkeg Beth Parkinson Television movie
A Death of Innocence Buffie Cameron Television movie
1972 Another Part of the Forest Birdie Television movie
The Sixth Sense Annette Gordon 1 episode
Medical Center Dr. Maggie Craig 1 episode
Night Gallery Fern 1 episode
Ironside Wanda Bolen 1 episode
1973 Columbo: Candidate for Crime Linda Johnson 1 episode
1974 Snatched Robin Wood Television movie
Hawaii Five-O Eadie Scott 1 episode
The New Adventures of Perry Mason Susan 1 episode
Wide World Mystery Kimberly 1 episode
Betrayal Gretchen Addison aka Adele Murphy Television movie
1975 The Space-Watch Murders Television movie
Caribe Sue Mallory 1 episode
1976 Kiss Me, Kill Me Maureen Coyle Television movie
Serpico Jenny 1 episode
Police Woman Celia 1 episode
1977 McMillan & Wife Anna Meridio 1 episode
In the Glitter Palace Grace Mayo Television movie
Alternative title: A Woman Accused
The Feather and Father Gang 1 episode
1979–1981 Charlie's Angels Singer
2 episodes
1986 The Young and the Restless Operator 1 episode
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