Full Name at Birth
Andrea R. Kermott
Model, Actress, Artist And Painter
Dern married Andrea Beckett in 1969. He had recently divorced second wife actress Diane Ladd, the mother of Laura Dern (Laura is a successful actress in her own right and the apple of her father’s eye). The marriage license application noted that Bruce M. Dern, 33, of Santa Monica, California, was divorced on September 18, 1969. While Beckett, a fledging actress also from Santa Monica, used her maiden name as her stage name, the 28-year-old widow signed the application with her married name, Andrea R. Kermott. Justice of the Peace Pete Supera, who had presided over the Gould-Streisand wedding six years earlier, conducted the ceremony for Dern and Beckett on October 20. ..............
Andrea Beckett’s acting career was short lived. She had moved from North Dakota to New York City to become a model and an actress. After losing her husband and high-school sweetheart in an auto accident, Beckett, 24, relocated to Los Angeles. Dern was Beckett’s teacher at the Strasberg Theatre Institute in the summer of 1969.
A photo of the buxom beauty in the April 24, 1969 edition of the Long Beach Press-Telegram was captioned: “Andrea Becket, one of [the] newest of film stars, is queen of first Long Beach World Invitational marathon. . . .” However, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) does not have a biography or filmography for her.
Beckett has gone on to make a name for herself as an artist and painter. According to Dern, Barbra Streisand bought one of his wife’s first paintings and he mentions Heather Locklear and Pierce Brosnan as purchasing her artwork. Besides her own houses, Beckett has also decorated a number of the homes of Hollywood’s rich and famous.....
The Nevada Observe
Vol. 5, No. 6 January 15, 2008
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