Audrey Landers

Audrey Landers

Landers at the 24th Annual Genesis Awards in 2010
Born Audrey Hamburg
(1956-07-18) July 18, 1956
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Residence Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer
  • writer
  • producer
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Donald Berkowitz (m. 1988)
Children 2

Audrey Landers (born July 18, 1956) is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as Afton Cooper in the television drama series Dallas and her role as Val Clarke in the film version of A Chorus Line.[1]

Early years

Landers was born Audrey Hamburg in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2] Landers began her acting career at the age of 9, when she starred in her first community theater musical, and continued acting and singing in community theater shows in New York State. Music was always a passion, and Landers began writing poetry and songs at a young age. Landers was first noticed with a country song that she wrote and performed at the age of twelve, which led to a Nashville recording contract with Epic Records, a performance on The Merv Griffin Show, and a year-long role on the daytime drama, The Secret Storm. During her teen years, she acted on the daytime drama Somerset and studied music at the Juilliard School in New York, while majoring in psychology at Columbia University. Her feature film debut came in The Tennessee Stallion (1978) with her sister, Judy Landers. Although Audrey is older than Judy by just over two years, they bear such a strong resemblance to each other that they have been mistaken for twins, and they have even appeared in a number of features together as identical twins.


Landers moved to Los Angeles and on her 24th birthday, landed the role of Afton Cooper in Dallas, which she held for 84 episodes, from 1981 to 1984, and further episodes in 1989. She also appeared in the 1996 television movie Dallas: J.R. Returns. In the show, her character was a nightclub singer. Landers had already recorded two singles in the 1970s, but during her stint on Dallas, she recorded her first album, Little River (1983). She has since released over a dozen albums, mainly for European record companies. After she left Dallas in 1984, she played Val Clarke in the 1985 film version of A Chorus Line. In 2013 she reprised her role of Afton in several episodes of the second season of the revival of Dallas.[3][4]

Before joining Dallas, she guest-starred in a number of television series, including The Dukes of Hazzard, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, and Battlestar Galactica and appeared as a panelist on Match Game 79. In the 1990s, she appeared in the television miniseries of Jackie Collins' Lucky Chances. From 1990–92, she played the role of Charlotte Hesser, eldest daughter of upstate Pennsylvania mob boss Carlo Hesser on the ABC daytime series One Life to Live.[5]

With her young sons as inspiration, Landers created the children's television series, The Huggabug Club in 1996,[5] for which, in addition to writing the scripts, she also wrote the 250+ original songs in the series. Her partner (and mother), Ruth Landers, produced the series and donated it to Public Television for its 5-year run. In 2006, she co-wrote, and co-directed the family adventure film, Circus Island, a Ruth Landers production. Landers and her mother have also created a fashion line called Landers STAR Collection which is gaining global popularity through QVC UK, and in Italy, Canada, Germany, and the U.S.[6]

Personal life

Audrey is sister of actress Judy Landers, and has acted with her in several roles, including multiple episodes of The Love Boat as well as Circus Island and Ghost Writer, films produced by Ruth Landers. Audrey and Judy Landers were on the cover and in a non-nude pictorial of the January 1983 issue of Playboy.

Landers married businessman Donald Berkowitz in May 1988. They have two children, twins Adam and Daniel, born in 1993.[6]


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1971 Going Home Teenage Arby's customer uncredited
1972-1973 The Secret Storm Joanna Morrison Landers #1
1973 Search for Tomorrow Connie
1973 Room 222 Donna 1 episode
1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. Tracy Robbins 1 episode
1973 The F.B.I. Janine Winchell 1 episode
1973 Emergency! Marsha 1 episode
1974-1976 Somerset Heather Lawrence
1975 First Ladies Diaries: Martha Washington Nelly Custis
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Actress on TV Screen uncredited
1977 Happy Days Kitty 1 episode
1977 Police Woman Nancy 1 episode
1978 The Archie Situation Comedy Musical Variety Show Betty Cooper
1978 Goober & the Truckers' Paradise Becky Pyle
1978 The Waverly Wonders Ginger 1 episode
1978 Battlestar Galactica Miri 1 episode
1979 Charlie's Angels Donna Rossitter 1 episode
1979 Highcliffe Manor Wendy Sparkles 5 episodes
1979 The Runaways Verna Kenton 1 episode
1979 B.J. and the Bear Carol Cain 1 episode
1979 Young Maverick Sara Lou Mullen 1 episode
1979 1941 USO Girl
1981 Underground Aces Annie Wenders
1982 Tennessee Stallion Charlotte
1983 The Hitchhiker Priscilla Packard 1 episode
1979-1984 Fantasy Island Various roles 5 episodes
1980-1984 The Dukes of Hazzard Billie Jean / Gail Flatt 2 episodes
1985 Deadly Twins Polly Morrison
1985 A Chorus Line Val Clarke
1982-1985 The Love Boat Various roles 4 episodes
1986 Hotel Susan 1 episode
1986 Crazy Like a Fox Dianne Bennett 1 episode
1986 Getting Even Paige Starson
1986 Popeye Doyle Jill Anneyard
1987 Johann Strauß – Der König ohne Krone Lily
1987 You Are the Jury Sheila Farley 1 episode
1989 Midnight Caller Marie Devoe / Sandra 1 episode
1981-1989 Dallas Afton Cooper 84 episodes
1989 Freakshow Shan
1989 Ghost Writer Angela Reid
1989 MacGyver Carla Yeats / Roxy Yeats 1 episode
1990 Lucky Chances Marabelle TV mini-series
1990-1991 One Life to Live Charlotte Hesser
1991 California Casanova JB
1991 The Cosby Show Cookie Bennett 1 episode
1992 Silk Stalkings Liza Gutierrez 1 episode
1993 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Toots 1 episode
1994 Burke's Law Dancer 1 episode
1995-2000 The Huggabug Club Miss Audrey
1986, 1996 Murder, She Wrote Greta Bayer / Phyllis Walters 2 episodes
1996 Dallas: J.R. Returns Afton Cooper
1997-2000 The Treehouse Club Miss Audrey
1997 Last Chance Love Michelle
2006 Circus Camp Lena Anderson
2008 Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation Bettina
2007-2008 Burn Notice Veronica 4 episodes
2011 Armed and Deadly Audrey Landers
2011 Jackie Goldberg Private Dick Nadia
2013—2014 Dallas Afton Cooper





Year Album D AUT CH NZ SWE
1983 Little River[7] 4 19
1984 Wo der Südwind weht[8] 4 13 12
1985 Paradise Generation[9] 52 14
1986 Weites Land[10] 16


Year Single D AUT CH NZ BE NL
1983 Manuel Goodbye[11] 10 4 3 1 4
1983 Little River[12] 28 6 15 34 38
1983 Playa Blanca[13] 38 47 6 3
1984 Honeymoon in Trinidad[14] 25
1984 Mi Amor[15] 52 22 26
1997 Heute habe ich an dich gedacht[16] 100


  1. editor, Sarah Leon Web; magazine, W. (July 17, 2012). "What Does This Singer Look Like Now?". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  2. "Audrey Landers Biography (1959-)". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  3. "Keck's Exclusives First Look: Dallas Brings Back Another Vet". March 11, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  4. "Keck's Exclusives: Dallas Vet Audrey Landers Says "Rebecca Needs Her Mother"". August 30, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  5. 1 2 "Overview for Audrey Landers". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  6. 1 2 "About Audrey Landers". Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  7. "Audrey Landers - Little River -". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  8. "Audrey Landers - Wo der Südwind weht -". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  9. "Audrey Landers - Paradise Generation -". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  10. "Audrey Landers - Weites Land -". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  11. "Audrey Landers - Manuel Goodbye -". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on September 1, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  12. "Audrey Landers - Little River (single) -". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on August 10, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  13. "Audrey Landers - Playa Blanca -". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on December 10, 2015. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  14. "Audrey Landers - Honeymoon in Trinidad -". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  15. "Audrey Landers - Mi Amor -". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on October 15, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  16. "Bernhard Brink & Audrey Landers - Heute habe ich an dich gedacht -". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on October 11, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2015.

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