Known for movies

Short Info

DiedSeptember 25, 2001, Valencia, California, United States
SpouseJames Gibson Smith, James F. Phalen, Eugene C. Otis
FactYounger sister of Don Grady.

Lani O’Grady (born October 28, 1954) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Mary Bradford Ryan on the ABC television series Eight Is Enough.

Early Life

Lani O’Grady was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actress Lanette Sue (née Johnson) and publicist Thomas Francis O’Grady. She has two sisters, Connie O’Grady and Leilani O’Grady. Her father was of Irish descent and her mother was of Swedish and English ancestry.

O’Grady began her acting career at the age of seven when she appeared in a television commercial for Mattel’s Barbie dolls. She made her television debut in an episode of the CBS sitcom All in the Family in 1971. She went on to guest star on several popular television shows of the 1970s, including The Waltons, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Charlie’s Angels.

In 1977, O’Grady was cast as Mary Bradford Ryan in the ABC comedy-drama series Eight Is Enough. She played the eldest daughter of Tom Bradford (played by Dick Van Patten), a newspaper columnist and widower with eight children. The show aired for four seasons from 1977 to 1981.

After Eight Is Enough ended, O’Grady appeared in guest roles on several television shows, including Magnum, P.I., Hart to Hart, and The A-Team. She also had a recurring role as Lt. Maggie Doyle on the NBC medical drama Emergency! from 1982 to 1983.

In 1984, O’Grady starred in the short-lived CBS sitcom Me and Maxx. She also appeared in the television movies A Stranger Is Watching (1982) and Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter (1987).

In the 1990s, O’Grady retired from acting and became a real estate agent. She made a brief return to television in 2000 when she appeared in an episode of the NBC sitcom Will & Grace.

Personal Life

O’Grady has been married three times. Her first husband was actor Jameson Parker, with whom she had two sons: Dylan Thomas Parker (born 1985) and Sean Robert Parker (born 1987). She was married to businessman Kevin Yorn from 2000 to 2006. She has been married to real estate developer Michael Ahern since 2008.

O’Grady is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with the disease in 2001 and underwent a double mastectomy.

Physical Characteristics

O’Grady is 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m) tall and has blue eyes and blonde hair.

General Info

Full NameLani O'Grady
DiedSeptember 25, 2001, Valencia, California, United States
Height1.58 m


SpouseJames Gibson Smith, James F. Phalen, Eugene C. Otis
ParentsLou A. Agrati, Mary Castellino
SiblingsDon Grady


MoviesThe Kid with the Broken Halo, Massacre at Central High, Cage Without a Key
TV ShowsEight Is Enough

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1[in 1994] I have a real hard time with people who have been successful in this business as young children . . . and [as adults] they are no longer wanted by Hollywood -- and, yeah, Hollywood is not a user-friendly place.


1Aunt of Joey Grady and Tessa Grady.
2Was cremated and her ashes scattered in Hawaii
316 January 2002: According to toxicology tests, she died of a drug overdose, with fatal levels of Vicodin and Prozac in her bloodstream.
4Born 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.
5Lani 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.
6In 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.
7Found dead in her home in Valencia, California. [September 2001]
8Younger sister of Don Grady.



An Eight Is Enough Wedding1989TV MovieMary Bradford
Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion1987TV MovieMary Bradford
The Kid with the Broken Halo1982TV MovieJulie NcNulty
Quincy M.E.1982TV SeriesZanger's Customer
Eight Is Enough1977-1981TV SeriesMary Bradford
The Love Boat1979-1980TV SeriesMaude Victor / Robin
The Hazing1977Campus Girl
Massacre at Central High1976Jane
Baby Blue Marine1976Girl #2
Harry O1975TV SeriesHelen / Jean
Cage Without a Key1975TV MovieNoreen
The Delphi Bureau1973TV SeriesGirl
Headmaster1970TV SeriesJudy
The High Chaparral1969TV SeriesPenny Fox
Days of Our Lives1965TV SeriesMrs. Kramer (1990)


Super Password1987TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The Alan Thicke Show1981TV SeriesHerself
To Tell the Truth1980TV SeriesHerself - Panelist (1980)
The Hollywood Squares1979-1980TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Family Feud1978-1979TV SeriesHerself
All-Star Family Feud Special1978TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
The $10,000 Pyramid1978TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant

Archive Footage

8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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