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Anna F Risley

Also Known As: "Ann"
Birthplace: Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Marion Robert Risley and Private
Sister of Private and Private

Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Ann Risley

Anna Risley, born in Madison, Wisconsin, was discovered by Woody Allen in a theatre production of his material and encouraged her to pursue an acting career in New York. Risley was cast in small parts in Allen's films Annie Hall, Manhattan and Stardust Memories. Before joining the cast of Saturday Night Live, she had a cameo on the show in 1976 as a psychiatrist's patient.

She was cast for Saturday Night Live by Jean Doumanian, who had previously been the show's guest-booker, then associate producer. After 12 episodes, Doumanian was let go and replaced by Dick Ebersol, who fired Gilbert Gottfried, Charles Rocket, and Risley from the cast before his first episode. In a 1999 article in People, Risley was quoted as saying her SNL experience was "horrible".

Risley had roles in nine feature films, including Honky Tonk Freeway and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.

She appeared in starring roles in two television pilots (Off Campus and Night After Night), was a five-week guest star on the daytime soap The Doctors, and appeared in five made-for-TV movies, including The Young Riders and Telling Secrets. No longer a screen actor, Ann (who now goes by the name of Anna) continues to run her own acting/improv studio in Tucson, Arizona.

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Ann Risley's Timeline

September 30, 1949
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, United States