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Born name: Trudi Ziskind
Born/Date of Birth: 10 March 1946
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation: Child actress, teacher, life coach
Spouse(s): Steven R Lenenberg(m. 1971; div. 1974)
Trudi Ames (born Trudi Ziskind) is a former actress most notable for her uncredited but memorable role in Bye Bye Birdie as Kim's best friend Ursula. She also had a notable role as Libby in Gidget Goes to Rome and was an extra in Gypsy. In a TV special on January 7, 1965, she was named by ABC as one of the twelve most promising young actresses. She later appeared on such television series as The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Make Room for Daddy, Green Acres and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Born November 10, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Louis Ziskind, a social worker for Los Angeles' Jewish Committee for Personal Service, Ames married Steven R. Lenenberg in 1971; the couple divorced in 1974.
Ames attended the University of California, Los Angeles where she was on the Dean's Honor List.
Trudi played Cassie in a Zane Grey Theatre The Sunday Man in 1960. Ames made her debut in Bye Bye Birdie. She was 15 years old when she got the role. She had a recurring role on the television show, Karen, where she played Debbie Watson's friend, Candy. Ames appeared in other television shows including episodes of Green Acres, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, My Three Sons and The Dick Van Dyke Show. Ames was one of "The Hollywood Deb Stars of 1966."
Her post-acting life has included teaching in the Los Angeles area public schools for twenty years, and working for the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1978-83 as a brakeman and locomotive engineer.
As Prashant Ziskind, she has worked as a life transitions coach, particularly for creative people including performance artists.
The Impossible Years (1968) as Francine
Cinderella (1965) as Daughter
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1960; two episodes as Jenny)
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1965; 1 episode as Margie)
Gidget Goes to Rome (1963) as Libby Bennett
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) as Ursula (uncredited)
Gypsy (1962) as Scottish Girl (in Uncle Jocko Scene; uncredited)
My Three Sons (1962) season 2, Blind Date, as Jenie Miller
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