Anjanette Comer (born August 7, 1939) is an American actress.
Born in Dawson, Texas, to Rufus Franklin and Sue (Perkins) Comer, she attended Dawson High School. She gained acting experience at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Comer's first major television credit was a guest appearance in a 1963 episode of Gunsmoke, followed by roles in several other dramatic series of the 1960s, such as Dr. Kildare and Bonanza. In 1964, she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress for her work on an episode on Arrest and Trial.
She made her feature film debut as the female lead in the 1964 comedy Quick, Before It Melts followed by a memorable role in the 1965 satire The Loved One, playing a seductive mortician who offers Robert Morse a choice for his uncle's funeral arrangements of "Inhumement, entombment, inurnment, immurement? Some people just lately have preferred ensarcophagusment."
Although Comer was cast opposite Michael Caine for Funeral In Berlin and even appeared in publicity stills, she had to be replaced because of illness. She had another leading role as a love interest to Marlon Brando and John Saxon in the Western adventure The Appaloosa (1966). The film, shot on location in Mexico, presented Anjanette as a Mexican peasant girl, a role she repeated in Guns for San Sebastian (1968). In between she starred in Banning.
Comer's movie activity dropped off in 1970 after she played Ruth in the film version of John Updike's Rabbit, Run (1970). She later claimed she let her love life interfere with her work. Comer's later films include Fire Sale (1977) and the made-for-TV The Long Summer of George Adams (1983). In subsequent years, she was frequently cast as mysterious or exotic characters.
From 1976 to 1983, she was married to Robert Klane; they later divorced.
Select TV and filmography
- My Three Sons as Janie Stempel (1 episode, 1962)
- Arrest and Trial as Annabelle (1 episode, 1963)
- Ben Casey (1 episode, 1963)
- Gunsmoke as Cara Miles (1 episode, 1963)
- Quick, Before It Melts (1964) as Tiara Marshall
- Combat! as Annette (1 episode, 1964)
- Bonanza as Joan Wingate (Episode: "Love Me Not", 1964)
- Dr. Kildare AS Carol Montgomery (2 episodes, 1964)
- The Loved One (1965) as Aimee Thanatogenous
- The Appaloosa (1966) as Trini
- Banning (1967) as Carol Lindquist
- In Enemy Country (1968) as Denise
- La Bataille de San Sebastian (1968) as Kinita
- The Young Lawyers (1969) (TV) as Bonnie Baron
- Love American Style as Billie Joe (segment 'Love and the Roommate', 1969)
- Rabbit, Run (1970) as Ruth
- The Mod Squad (1 episode, 1970)
- Then Came Bronson as Vhea Samos (1 episode, 1970)
- Lady Boss (1971) TV episode as (segment "Love and the Hiccups")
- Dr. Simon Locke (1 episode)
- Banyon (1971) (TV) as Diane Jennings
- The Most Deadly Game as Gretchen (1 episode, 1971)
- The Firechasers (1971) as Toby Collins
- Five Desperate Women as Lucy (1971 TV movie)
- Mannix as Gina Hunter (1 episode, 1972)
- Columbo: Étude in Black (1972) (TV) as Jenifer Welles
- The Baby (1973) as Ann Gentry
- Search as Anne Ramon (1 episode, 1973)
- Police Story as Constantina (2 episodes, 1974)
- The Blue Knight (1 episode, 1975)
- Barbary Coast as Mary Louise (1 episode, 1975)
- S.W.A.T. as Alicia Woodward (2 episodes, 1975)
- Harry O as Grace Duvall (1 episode, 1975)
- The Manchu Eagle Murder Caper Mystery (1975) as Arlevia Jessup
- Petrocelli as Mary Thorpe (1 episode, 1975)
- Lepke (1975) as Bernice Meyer
- Baretta as Det. Ann Harley (1 episode, 1976)
- Jigsaw John as Mavis Bellamy (1 episode, 1976)
- Fire Sale (1977) as Marion Fikus
- Dead of Night (1977) (TV) as Alexis
- Barnaby Jones as Vivian Harper (1 episode, 1980)
- The Long Summer of George Adams (1982) (TV) as Venida
- Hotel as Maggie (1 episode, 1988)
- Jake and the Fatman as Vera Lake (3 episodes, 1991)
- Netherworld (1992) as Mrs. Palmer
- Streets of Laredo (1995) TV mini-series as Beulah
- The Underneath (1995) as Mrs. Chambers
- Profiler as Barbara Henkley (1 episode, 1999)