Appeared on 'Twilight Zone,' 'Andy Griffith'

Actress Christine “Rissy” Burke, who appeared in shows including “Twilight Zone” and helped found the Center for Early Education, died of cancer Feb. 2 in Los Angeles. She was 74.

Born in Green Bay, Wisc., she attended the U. of Wisconsin and graduated from Yale’s school of drama. She studied with Lee Strasberg and George Morrison while working in live television, on dramas such as “Danger,” Suspense,” and the first regularly scheduled color series, “The Best of Broadway.”

Burke married writer-producer Peter Nelson in 1960, and began working in television in Hollywood. Among her series credits were “Twilight Zone,” “The Fugitive,” “The Andy Griffith Show” and “My Favorite Martian.”

She was active in local theater as a member of Theater West, where she starred in productions of Shaw, O’Casey, and Chekhov.

After retiring from acting, she helped found West Hollywood’s The Center For Early Education and worked on environmental causes.

She is survived by her husband Peter, two sons and two grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound in Rosamond, CA.

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