About this actor
Melody Anderson (born December 3, 1955) is a Canadian American social worker and public speaker specializing in the impact of addiction on families. She is also known as an actress, with her most high-profile role being Dale Arden in the 1980 adaptation of Flash Gordon. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Anderson started off as a performer and entertainer. She made her debut at age five on a radio show. While doing singing, she also trained as an actress, leading to roles in film and TV during the 70s and 80s. Her first national exposure came as a "sweathog" in an episode of Welcome Back, Kotter in 1977. She made numerous guest appearances on television in the 1980s, in series such as Archie Bunker's Place, Battlestar Galactica, Dallas, T. J. Hooker, and The Fall Guy. She had recurring roles on St. Elsewhere and Jake and the Fatman. She was a cast member of Manimal, and All My Children in the 1990s. In 1983, Anderson also played the title role in a made-for-TV film called Policewoman...