Tisha Sterling

Active - 1965 - 1999  |   Born - Dec 10, 1944 in Los Angeles, California  |   Genres - Drama, Crime, Western, Thriller, Science Fiction

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Biography by Hal Erickson

American actress Tisha Sterling was the daughter of film stars Ann Sothern and Robert Sterling. Though her parents were divorced when she was 3, she had a relatively sedate childhood for a Hollywood kid, even with such playthings as a private soda fountain. Her mother raised her to be a society belle (what a career goal!), but Sterling opted for acting, something that had interested her since grade school. Upon inagurating her Hollywood career, Sterling went through the usual cheesecake-photo mill, though she quickly outgrew this with excellent guest performances on such TV series as Run For Your Life, Mr. Novak and Get Smart. In 1968, she costarred with Clint Eastwood in the feature film Coogan's Bluff, bringing three-dimensionality to the otherwise cliched role of a hippie. Throughout her life, Tisha Sterling has had a rollercoaster relationship with mother Ann Sothern, sometimes close, ofttimes distant; whatever the case, Sterling showed up in 1987 playing Ms. Sothern as a young woman in the well-received film The Whales of August.

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