The apple certainly does not fall far from the tree in the case of Don Grady's daughter, Tessa Grady, who seem to be treading the footsteps of her father!
Born and bred in Los Angeles to a family of entertainers, the young actress happens to be following her daddy's footsteps in career choice. The TV star acknowledged the fact that her family greatly influenced her decision in nearly everything she did as a young girl.
Her father was an actor, and he starred in the renowned ABC & CBS series "My Three Sons." He held on to the character of Robbie Douglas from his teenage years, until he passed on, at age 68.
Tessa claimed that her passion for singing and dancing as a child came naturally, she didn't have to spend time rehearsing, she just sang.
She was noticed by her grandmother, Mary Grady, who specialized in hunting for child stars, then by her aunt, Lani Grady who featured in the series titled "Eight is Enough." According to her:
"Singing and dancing came to me naturally; I didn't discover them or learn about them. I just did them, everywhere, with no prompting or provocation, from ever since I can remember."
It was not just her extended relatives who saw a passion for the art of entertainment. Her father also noticed her fondness, but it did not overwhelm him. He very much was excited at the talent and confidence she exhibited, but he took a cue from his own life experience as a child star, and he did not want his daughter's story to be synonymous to his.
"Dad wasn't regretful, disappointed, or bitter. He just thought I should see more sides of life and be free of some of the pressure that was part of his life. He told me I can always perform when I'm an adult and can make a choice from a number of experiences ."
She continued by showing appreciation for her pop's advice. She said he gave her "good advice." According to her:
"At 16, I decided I wanted to be in the theatre… but like my dad, I have no regrets, his advice was good… I was able to have a childhood; I was able to explore...I developed a love for nature, for health food, and books. I sang, danced, took lessons, and made that hearth my personal stage."
She stars as "Peggy Sawyer" in a dance production called "42nd Street". She happens to be doing well in portraying her character, as she has imbibed her knowledge of dance, music, and acting in her work!
The multi-talent revealed that their parents homeschooled her and her brother and it was seemingly the best thing to have happened to them, as it allowed her blossom to full potential.
Don was as talented as his daughter. He, too, had an ear for music; he was even a composer for Blake 1991 comedy "Switch," he also worked with several theatrical productions such as "Damn Yankees," and "Godspell," helping to compose theme songs.
Currently, Don's daughter is on Broadway, she performs at Bucks County Playhouse, and although her father was not around to witness her on Broadway, he sure left a long-lasting legacy for his children.
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