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Anissa Jones

Buffy Davis in Family Affair

Photos Anissa Jones Birth name: Anissa Jones
Birth date: 1958/03/11
Date of death : 1976/08/28 (18 years old)
Birth place : West Lafayette Dept : Indiana Pays

French Traduire

Biography for Anissa Jones

At 8 years of age her acting skills drew the attention of television producers and she shot to television stardom when she was cast as the character of Elizabeth 'Buffy' Patterson-Davis on CBS's sitcom Family Affair (1966). Her character was one of 3 siblings sent to live with her Uncle Bill (Brian Keith) and his butler, Mr. French (Sebastian Cabot) when their parents were killed in a car accident. Jones quickly became one of the most recognizable child actors in Hollywood. Her looks and presentation allowed to her to be convincing as her six-year old character.

Her character Buffy had a doll named "Mrs. Beasley" that she would claim talked to her, often commenting on the context of the scene in a humorous way. Mattel marketed the doll during the series and it became the best-selling doll in America at that time. When the show was finally cancelled in 1971, the then 13-year-old Anissa expressed relief that she would no longer need to carry the doll around.

Jones and her co-star Johnny Whitaker (who played her twin brother Jody) once visited with U.S. President Lyndon Johnson. In 1967, she was one of the youngest presenters ever at the Emmy awards. In addition to the Mrs. Beasley doll, she was part of several other lucrative Family Affair marketing campaigns including Buffy paper dolls, lunch boxes, a clothing line, colouring books and a 1971 cookbook featuring her on the cover.

While the show ran, being Buffy was a gruelling, full-time, year-round job for Jones. She was often either shooting or promoting the show 7 days a week. The first 3 seasons consisted of up to 30 episodes each, unlike modern series which usually shoot less than 25 episodes a year. When Jones broke her leg on a playground in April of 1969, the producers had the injury written into the show because they considered her role too important to allow her to be sidelined to heal.

Also in 1969, at age 11, Jones played the role of Carol Bix in her only film, The Trouble With Girls alongside Elvis Presley.

Anissa spent most of her childhood embodying the character of Buffy in "Dear Uncle Bill". She turned to drugs during her teenager, which caused her death ... Her ashes were dispersed in the ocean, like her father. She was only 18 years old.

Anissa Jones is an American actress known for her role in the television series of the 60s "Children of Love" (Family Affair), in which she interpreted the character of Buffy. Jones started her career as a very young actress, at the age of seven, appearing in television advertisements and theatrical productions. She also played in some films, including "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Cincinnati Kid".

Unfortunately, Jones experienced a tragic end at the age of 18, when she died of an overdose of drugs in 1976. Her death was largely covered by the media and aroused great emotion in the world of 'Entertainment.

Although she had a short career, Jones left an indelible imprint in the history of American television thanks to her acting talent and her natural charm. She knew how to touch the hearts of the public with her interpretation of Buffy, a complex and endearing character who crossed the trials of life with courage and optimism. His performance in "The children of love" earned him many awards, including an Emmy Award in 1968.

Apart from her acting career, Jones was also known for her playful personality and her love of music. She liked to sing and play the guitar, and even trained a group with her friends. Unfortunately, his musical aspirations were broken by his premature death.

In summary, Anissa Jones was a talented and promising young actress who unfortunately experienced a tragic end. Although it is no longer among us, its heritage continues thanks to its emblematic role in "the children of love" and its contribution to the entertainment industry.


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Title Role
To Rome with Love Buffy Davis
The Trouble with Girls (1969) Carol Bix


Attended Orville Wright Junior High School

Attended Westchester High School from 1973-1976

Had a brother who died from a drug overdose in 1984

Tried out for the role of Regan in The Exorcist (1973), but lost out to Linda Blair.

Briefly worked at a Winchell's donut shop in Playa del Rey, where she grew up.

Attended Paseo Del Rey Grammar School

Her fatal overdose was of a combination of cocaine, angel dust, Quaaludes and Seconal. The San Diego County coroner said it was one of the most severe cases of drug overdose ever seen in San Diego County.

Her name, Anissa, was Lebanese for 'little friend'.

Her death is the subject of the song, "Buffy's Dead."

The Diodes, a Toronto band from the '70s, had a song about her called "Child Star" (also released as a single, the flip side of "I'm Tired of Feeling Tired"). The chorus goes: "Uncle Bill/Uncle Bill/I took some pills/Mr. French/Mr. French/I'm feeling tense".


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