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Lani O'Grady

Mary Bradford in Eight is enough !

Photos Lani O'Grady Birth name: Lanita Rose Agrati
Birth date: 1954/10/02
Date of death : 2001/09/25 (47 years old)
Birth place : Walnut Creek, California, USA

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Biography for Lani O'Grady

Although O'Grady retired from acting in the '80s to become a talent agent like her mother, she long ago secured her place in the TV Land pantheon as Mary, the braniac wannabe doctor in "Eight Is Enough" (1977)'s expansive Bradford brood. The dramedy, starring Dick Van Patten as a newspaper columnist and superdad, ran on ABC from 1977-1981. Aside from her four-year stint on the show and two late-'80s "Eight Is Enough" (1977) reunion specials, O'Grady racked up appearances on such other '70s tube staples as "The Love Boat" (1977), as well as TV movies like The Kid with the Broken Halo (1982) (TV), before leaving Hollywood.

She had been dogged by health and pill problems dating back to her Mary Bradford days. In a series of interviews in the 1990s, she admitted to having suffered panic attacks for the previous 20 years. Scores of doctors misdiagnosed her; to cope with the frequent anxiety episodes--sometimes she'd shake so badly, she couldn't leave her dressing room to shoot a scene--she was fed a veritable pharmacy: Xanax, Valium and Librium. She became hooked on the pills and, eventually, alcohol, too. She went into rehab at least five times. By the mid-'90s, she declared herself clean, thanks to an alternative-medicine regimen, and even went to work for her doctor as a recovery counselor. But, in 1998, she checked herself into the mental health ward of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for detox. She had become hooked on a prescription drug called Ativan. While in Cedars, she claimed she was sexually battered by a medical technician and sued the hospital. The suit was pending at the time of her death.

O'Grady came from a show-biz family. Her brother, Don Grady, was an original Mouseketeer and member of another notable TV family--he played Robbie on "My Three Sons" (1960). Her mother, Mary Grady, was an agent who represented several child actors. Born Lanita Rose Agrati on October 2, 1954, she changed her name once she landed her "Eight Is Enough" (1977) gig. Her first professional role came at the age of 13, when she made a brief appearance in the TV Western "The High Chaparral" (1967). Lani O'Grady died of natural causes on September 25th 2001, at her home in California, just a week shy of her 47th birthday.

Lani O’Grady stopped acting in the 80s to become an agent like her mother and take care of the career of new talents.

During the years she played the role of Mary she had health problems and she took many pills to heal herself. In the 1990s in an interview she recognized that for twenty years she suffered from anxiety attacks that doctors misunderstood and that disturbed the shooting of the series because she was locked in her lodge. It had formed a real personal pharmacy with valium, librium and Xanax, it was hung on these pills and thereafter to alcohol. She followed various detox cures and in the mid -90s she said Clean. But in 1998 she was examined on her mental health at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the doctors prescribed her Ativan from which she quickly became hooked. Subsequently she started a lawsuit against a member of the center's medical team because she declared that he had sexually assaulted it, however the prosecution was abandoned after his death.

She died of natural cause a week before her 47th anniversary on September 25, 2001. But on January 16, 2002 the results of her blood analysis reveals that she died of overdose indeed a significant amount of Vicodin and Prozac were detected.

Lani O'Grady was an American actress known for her role as Mary Bradford in the television series "eight, new, it's enough" (Eight is Enough). She was born on September 23, 1954 in San Francisco, California, and grew up in the city of San Jose. O'Grady began her acting career at the age of 17, playing in television advertisements. She then won small roles in television series such as "Starsky and Hutch" and "Mork & Mindy".

In 1977, O'Grady obtained his most famous role by playing Mary Bradford in the series "Huit, Neuf, it's sufficient". The series, which was broadcast for five seasons, followed the life of a family of eight children who lived in a Californian suburb. O'Grady played in the series until 1981, when she left to continue other projects.

After leaving "eight, nine, it's enough", O'Grady continued to work as an actress, appearing in television series such as "Matt Houston" and "The Love Boat". She also played in television films such as "The Night The City Screamed" and "A Christmas Without Snow".

Unfortunately, O'Grady's personal life has experienced ups and downs. In 1984, she was arrested for drug possession and spent six months in detention. She then fought against addiction to drugs and alcohol for many years. O'Grady died on September 25, 2001, at the age of 47, following a heart attack.

During his career, O'Grady was recognized for her talent as an actress and left a lasting heritage in the world of entertainment. Although she has experienced difficulties in her personal life, she remains an important figure in American popular culture.


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Title Role
An Eight Is Enough Wedding (1989) (TV) Mary Bradford
Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion (1987) (TV) Mary Bradford
The Kid with the Broken Halo (1982) (TV) Julie NcNulty
The Hazing (1977) Campus Girl
Eight Is Enough (1977) TV Series Mary Bradford
Massacre at Central High (1976) Jane
Baby Blue Marine (1976) Girl #2
Cage Without a Key (1975) (TV) Noreen
The Headmaster (1970) TV Series Judy


Found dead in her home in Valencia, California. [25 September 2001]

In a 1994 Times interview, O'Grady said she had long suffered from severe panic attacks, which led to her abusing prescription drugs and alcohol for more than a decade.

Lani was working as a talent agent (like her mother, Mary Grady, who was one of Hollywood's top children's agents) at the time of her death.

Born Lanita Rose Agrati, she changed her name to Lani O'Grady after landing her role in "Eight Is Enough" (1977), a comedy-drama that starred Dick Van Patten as the newspaper columnist father of eight children. The series ran from 1977 to 1981.

According to toxicology tests, she died of a drug overdose, she had fatal levels of Vicodin and Prozac in her bloodstream. [16 January 2002]

Was cremated and her ashes scattered in Hawaii


Sister of Don Grady.

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