Feisty, spirited and gutsy red headed actress Sondra Currie has amassed an impressive number of television, film and stage credits to her name - including "Linda Garner," Zach Galifianakis' doting mother, in one of the biggest all-time comedy franchises, "The Hangover" trilogy. "Would a cupcake kill you?" Sondra also recurred as "Ms. Vivian" in Tyler Perry's popular comedy series "Love Thy Neighbor" and starred alongside Barbara Bain and Eileen Grubba in a new film "Take My Hand".
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sondra grew up in a "show business family." As the daughter of actress, Marie Harmon ("Gunsmoke," "The El Paso Kid," "Night Time in Nevada." "Ladies Courageious"), Sondra grew up with a natural passion for acting and the art of filmmaking. She was discovered in her teens by the legendary producer and director, Howard Hawks ("Sergeant York," "To Have and Have Not," "The Big Sleep," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," and "Rio Bravo."). Hawks cast Sondra in her first film, "Rio Lobo" starring the Duke himself, John Wayne. Sondra relates the story of their first meeting, as he extended his hand to the very young actress and said "How do you do, I'm John Wayne"...to which the red faced actress replied "Yes, I know, I'm Sandy Currie!"
Sondra was known for her adventurous spirit and her willingness to take risks in her film roles and choices - including performing her own stunts. She went on to star in numerous features, among them, 1970's cult favorites "Jessi's Girls," "Policewomen" and "Mama's Dirty Girls," and the 1980's "Concrete Jungle." She refers to these early projects as "slice and dice" films where she definitely got her degree at the college of human nature.. Since then, Sondra has continued her focus on working and training with the best that Hollywood has to offer. Sondra is a lifetime member of the famed Actors Studio, studying under such greats as Martin Landau, Mark Rydell, Lou Antonio and Salome Jens. Sondra also studied under Milton Katselas' as a member of his Master Class for 17 years.
Sondra has guest starred in well over 125 television shows, including "NCIS," "ER," "JAG," "7th Heaven," "Cheers," "Murder She Wrote," "The Golden Girls," multiples of "Three's Company," multiples of "Simon & Simon," "Magnum P.I.," and "Knight Rider." Starring roles in television Movies of the Week include two "Columbo" films, "Kid Cop," "The Secretary," "The Perfect Wife," "Thicker Than Water" and "Alien Nation: Dark Horizon."
Sondra and her husband, renowned producer/director Alan J. Levi, co-own Lumina Pictures and Entertainment, LTD. Lumina Pictures has several projects in various stages of production, having just completed "Take My Hand". As part of an extended entertainment family, Sondra and Alan enjoy incorporating the talents of friends and family members in their creative endeavors, including Cherie Currie ("The Runaways"), Marie Currie ("The Narrow Road Of Light"), Robert Hays ("Airplane!") and Jake Hays ("Maudlin Strangers"). Sondra is also very active in Los Angeles area theatre - as an actress, producer and ardent advocate. Her favorite stage credits include "The Vagina Monologues," "Death of a Salesman," "After The Fall", "The Chesterfield Woman" and "Hatful of Rain". She was a founding member of Camelot Artists - now the Katselas Theatre Company - and is a member of the prestigious Theatre West. She considers her mentor, her husband, her luckiest gift of all. "He's the most patient, giving, talented person I've ever known. And, I'm the smartest, I married him!"
Sondra and Alan served on the Board of the California Independent Film Festival together and were Jury members for the first ten years of the Festival. In 2008 they were honored to be invited to be Jurors of the First International Indie Film Festival in Sapporo, Japan, where Sondra was the sole woman on the panel.
One of her most rewarding endeavors is being a member of SHARE Inc. (Est. 1953). SHARE inc. is a highly visible and successful Los Angeles charity devoted to helping at-risk youth, developmentally disabled and abused and children-in-need. "This is a place where I might really be able to make a difference," she says. "I see it first-hand. The children are so receptive, and it's such a positive experience. It helps me keep everything else in perspective."
In her spare time, Sondra is an avid photographer. "I love to explore through my lens, it really gives me an intimate look at my subject", she loves to garden and tend her orchids and she and her husband are ardent travelers. They've explored almost every canal in France and many canals in England, Belgium, Holland and Italy on a small boat that they manage themselves. "Alan navigates and I do the ropes and locks myself" she beams. Meeting the locals in the small villages is most rewarding and we've made some life-long friends. It's our time to just drop off the planet. "My life is very rich."