Andrea Dromm

Active - 1966 - 1967  |   Born - Feb 18, 1941   |   Genres - Action, Spy Film, Drama, Comedy, Science Fiction

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Biography by Bruce Eder

Andrea Dromm was a model-turned-actress who became a veritable pop-culture fixture in the years 1966 and '67. Dromm was born on Long Island in 1941, the daughter of an engineer, and attended school in Patchogue and later in Greensburg, PA. At the University of Connecticut she appeared in such student productions of The Crucible and The Diary of Anne Frank. She also did modeling work on the side. Her big break came when she was hired by National Airlines to appear in a television advertising campaign that started in 1965. Over the next two years, Dromm endeared herself to millions of viewers (especially men) as the stewardess who says, "Is this any way run an airline? You bet it is!" The catch phrase later entered popular culture, along with Dromm's big expressive blue eyes, blonde hair, wholesome, eager good looks, and voice. In 1966, she also co-starred in Norman Jewison's hit topical comedy The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, playing an ingénue role in the Cold War comedy. That same year, she appeared in the second Star Trek pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," as Yoeman Smith. Dromm closed out her movie career by co-starring with former '50s heartthrob Troy Donahue in the spoof Come Spy With Me (1967). She was last seen as one of the stars of Hit the Surf, a 1967 ABC network special on surfing.