Amzie Strickland

Amzie Ellen Strickland (January 10, 1919 – July 5, 2006) was an American character actress who began in radio, made some 650 television appearances, had roles in two dozen films, appeared in numerous television movies and also worked in TV commercials. In a seven-decade career, from the 1930s to 2001, she amassed well over 100 credits.[citation needed]

Amzie Strickland
Strickland in 1938
Born(1919-01-10)January 10, 1919
DiedJuly 5, 2006(2006-07-05) (aged 87)
Years active1937-2001
Spouse(s)Frank Behrens (1946-1986) (his death) (1 child)


Strickland began as a radio actress during the old time radio era and her various radio roles included those shown in the table below.

Program Role
Call the Police Libby[1]
The Fat Man Cathy Evans
Our Gal Sunday Erica Dorn[2]
The Romance of Helen Trent Harriet Eagle[3]


Strickland appeared (sometimes on a recurring basis) on such programs as Adam-12, Dragnet, with Jack Webb, Gunsmoke, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, I Love Lucy, Make Room for Daddy, The Twilight Zone, My Three Sons, Leave It To Beaver, Mission: Impossible, Alias Smith & Jones, Happy Days, Carter Country, Bonanza, The Golden Girls, The Facts of Life, The Jeffersons, Three's Company, ER, 7th Heaven, Ellen, Wings, ALF, Dragnet, Father Dowling Mysteries, Full House, Ned and Stacey, Perry Mason and Knight Rider. Her TV movies include Tower of Terror and Inherit the Wind.

In 1966, Strickland played the widow Laticia Daigle in the episode "The Lady and the Sourdough" of the syndicated western series Death Valley Days, hosted by Robert Taylor; she co-starred with Paul Brinegar and Stanley Adams). That same year, she appeared as Martha Hall, wife of chicken farmer Alfred Hall (Strother Martin) in the comedy episode "The Four Dollar Law Suit".


Her film credits include roles in Captain Newman, M.D.; Penelope; Kotch; Harper Valley PTA; Pretty Woman; Doc Hollywood; Shiloh; and Krippendorf's Tribe.[4]

Personal life and deathEdit

Strickland was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

She was married to radio and television actor Frank Behrens from 1946 until his death in 1986. They had a son, Tim Behrens.

She died of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 87 in 2006.[5]

Strickland adhered to Roman Catholicism and was a lifelong Republican.[6]


  1. ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Retrieved 2019-09-20. Call the Police, crime drama Amzie Strickland. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Named for Colonel". Harrisburg Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. January 6, 1945. p. 16. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)  
  3. ^ "She's a Menace". Harrisburg Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. January 5, 1946. p. 15. Retrieved June 27, 2016 – via CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)  
  4. ^ Staff, (2015-02-06). "Amzie Strickland | Biography and Filmography | 1919". Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  5. ^ Staff, Legacy (July 5, 2019). "Died July 5".
  6. ^ An Interview With Amzie Strickland, Skip E. Lowe, 1994

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