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Tisha's Parents

Ann Sothern with Robert Sterling, at La Rue, Saint Patrick's Day 1947 (photo Arnie Johnson)

Tisha wasn’t quite a "boomer," having been born December 10, 1944, just two months before her Catholic school classmate (and cohort in after-school detentions) Mia Farrow.

Her father . . . veteran actor Robert SterlingIMDb (George Kerby of the 1953 TV series Topper).

Her mother . . . screen giant Ann SothernIMDb, whose "Maisie" comedies chronicled the social changes of American women from the Depression through the early post-War era and who would, a quarter century before Mary Tyler Moore, become the first feminist "working gal" in TV comedy, from 1953 through 1957 as Private Secretary Susie McNamara and from 1958 through 1961 as assistant hotel manager Katy O'Connor on The Ann Sothern Show.

Tisha was with her mother when Ann died at the age of 92 on March 15, 2001, in her retirement home in Ketchum (Sun Valley), Idaho.

Ann Sothern (born Harriette Lake) co-authored "Katy," The Ann Sothern Show's closing theme song, with younger sister Bonnie Lake. After doing the final commercial, Ann would look directly into the camera and say, "Well, good night everybody. . . . Stay happy."
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