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Mary Anderson Pickard is one of four children of the artist Walter Anderson. Tracy Wahl, NPR hide caption

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Mary Anderson Pickard is one of four children of the artist Walter Anderson.

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Read and hear an essay by a Walter Anderson biographer, Christopher Maurer, on the artist's affinity for big storms.

Since the 1920s, a family of artists have made their home at Shearwater, a complex overlooking Mississippi's Biloxi Bay. Perhaps most famous is the late Walter Inglis Anderson, known for vibrant watercolors of Gulf Coast landscapes. His two brothers were potters, and a fourth generation of the family carries on the Shearwater pottery tradition.

Hurricane Katrina swept through Shearwater, taking out nine family homes and six other buildings, and severely damaging a pottery workshop that had been in operation since 1928.

Mary Anderson Pickard, one of Walter Anderson's four children, was among those who lost a Shearwater home. Since then, she and her family members have dug though broken shards of decorative pottery, hoping to salvage what they can.

Some of Walter Anderson's work is housed at a museum in Ocean Springs, Miss., that survived the storm. But the family's treasured private collection... full of writings, paintings and linoleum blocks... was kept at Shearwater in a special vault. And it didn't fare as well.

Pottery left mostly intact by Katrina offers temporary decoration for a storm-battered wall at Shearwater. Tracy Wahl, NPR hide caption

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Mary Bebe Anderson (April 3, 1918 – April 6, 2014) was an American actress, who appeared in 31 films and 22 television productions between 1939 and 1965. She was best known for her small supporting role in the film Gone With the Wind as well as one of the main characters in Alfred Hitchcock's 1943 film Lifeboat.[2]

Early life[edit]

Mary B. "Bebe" Anderson was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She attended Howard College (now Samford University).[citation needed]

Her younger brother James Anderson (1921–1969) was also an actor, best known as Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).


After two uncredited roles, she made her first important screen appearance in Gone With the Wind (1939). After auditioning as one of the 1,400 actresses involved in the search for Scarlett, she received the supporting role of Maybelle Merriwether.

In 1944, she played Alice the nurse, one of the ten characters in the Alfred Hitchcock film Lifeboat. Ending her film career in the early 1950s, she occasionally acted on television, for example as Catherine Harrington on Peyton Place in 1964 (episodes 2-20). She made a guest appearance in Perry Mason as Arlene Scott in "The Case of the Rolling Bones" (1958).

Personal life[edit]

Anderson was married to Leonard M. Behrens from 1940 to 1950. Her second marriage was to cinematographer Leon Shamroy from 1953 until his death in 1974. They had one child, Anderson Alexander Shamroy, who died July 1, 1956 at the age of two months.[citation needed] Mary Anderson died on April 6, 2014 in Burbank, California, three days after her 96th[3] birthday. She was under hospice care and died in a condo in Toluca Lake that she shared with her long-time companion, Gordon Carnon. Her death left two surviving credited Gone With the Wind cast members, Mickey Kuhn and Olivia de Havilland,[4] who played the roles of Beau Wilkes and Melanie Hamilton, respectively.

Actresses with the same name[edit]

She is often confused with the stage actress Mary Anderson (1859–1940) or the silent film actress Mary Anderson (1897–1986).

Partial filmography[edit]


External links[edit]

  1. ^Mary B. Anderson as per United States census (Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama; Roll: 23; Page: 39B; Enumeration District: 13; Image: 794.0; FHL microfilm: 2339758.
    1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Friend Mickey Kuhn
  2. ^"Necrology for 2014". Nostalgia Digest. 41 (2): 16–23. Spring 2015. 
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  4. ^Noland, Claire (April 7, 2014). "Mary Anderson dies at 96; actress had role in 'Gone With the Wind'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 


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