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Randee Heller
Randee Heller
Randee Heller appeared twice as a guest on Night Court as hookers Anita Fries (in Season 2) and Renee (in Season 3).
General Actor Information
Gender: Female
Born: (1947-06-10) June 10, 1947 (age 71)
Birthplace Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation/
Career:
Actress
Years active: 1978 - present
Children: 2 daughters
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court
Episode(s)
appeared in:
2 in Seasons 2 and 3
Appears as: Anita Fries / Renee

Randy M. "Randee" Heller (born June 10, 1947) made two guest appearances on Night Court, both as hookers; first, as Anita Fries in the Season 2 opening episode "The Nun", then as Renee, a woman whom Bull Shannon has started dating, and lavishing expensive gifts on her, only to find out she's been taking advantage of him while finding out her "vocation" in "Walk Away, Renee" in Season 3 (episode #11).

Career

Randee's most notable roles were in the film The Karate Kid and the sequel, The Karate Kid, Part III, as Daniel Larusso's mother, and on the 1970s ABC-TV serial sitcom series Soap as Jodie Dallas's roommate Alice, one of the first recurring lesbian characters in television history, which received mixed reviews from TV critics. The criticism at the time was not for her acting but for the stereotyping of her character.

The Boston Herald said that the characterization shows how "the networks have generally depicted lesbians either as suicidal losers or sexual predators." For example, it identifies Alice as "TV's first recurring lesbian character," noting that she "first tries to throw herself off a bridge, then falls for Jodie (Billy Crystal), a confused gay man, and finally runs off.".[1]

Other notable roles

Randee also had a starring role as Carol in the 1979 made-for-TV movie, Can You Hear the Laughter? The Story of Freddie Prinze. Most recently she was seen in a recurring role on the series Mad Men as Bert Cooper and Don Draper's elderly secretary Ida Blankenship.

She also played the role of Barbra Streisand's mother in the stage performances of Streisand's Timeless concerts in 2000. Randee also had a guest appearance on an episode of the NBC-TV sitcom series ALF, where she plays a kleptomaniac mother of one of Brian's friends. Randee was also the voice that says "Hey Rock, you're a bum" in the first Rocky movie.

One of her most recent guest TV series roles was as Rita, Jay's old friend, in an episode of ABC-TV's Modern Family series, appearing in the episode "ClosetCon '13".

References

  1. Mark A. Perigard. "Networks' record shows gay stereotyping", Boston Herald April 30, 1997, page 44.

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