Ann Elder

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Ann Elder
Ann Elder in a publicity photo for The Wild Wild West (1966) with one of the show's stars, Ross Martin.
Elder with Ross Martin as Artemus Gordon in an episode of The Wild Wild West
Born Anna Velders
(1942-09-21) September 21, 1942 (age 76)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Nationality United States
Occupation Screenwriter, Actress
Years active 1965–1974

Ann Elder (born Anna Velders; September 21, 1942, Cleveland, Ohio) is an American Emmy Award-winning screenwriter. She won Emmy Awards for comedy writing (co-shared for Lily Tomlin's 1974 CBS special, among others). She co-wrote Mitzi Gaynor's 1960s NBC specials and wrote for the Vicki Lawrence comedy series Mama's Family.

Elder made guest appearances acting on several 1960s television series including The Farmer's Daughter, Death Valley Days, Ben Casey, The Wild Wild West, The Smothers Brothers Show and Get Smart. She portrayed Lt. Melba Benson on "The Vampire of Taratupa" episode of Ernest Borgnine's comedy McHale's Navy. In 1966 she was seen in the two-part episodes; "The Bridge of Lions Affair" on The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

In 1970 she became a regular cast member of NBC's Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. She remained with the hit comedy hour for two seasons. Elder was seen twice on the ABC comedy anthology Love, American Style, and in an episode of The Odd Couple called "Fight of the Felix". Elder appeared many times on the game show Match Game during its 1970s run. Her film appearances include the 1960s films Don't Make Waves and For Singles Only.

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