GHS grad, TV actress Gideon dies

February 5, 2014


Louan Gideon was once on Beverly Hills 90210. But her zip code used to be 76048.

The 1974 graduate of Granbury High School died Monday at age 58 in Asheville, N.C., after a battle with cancer. She was known for her role as Liza Walton Sentell on NBC’s “Search for Tomorrow,” as well as many other roles.

Her television acting credits include “Thirty Something,” “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Night Court,” “Who’s the Boss?” and more.

“Louan Gideon was absolutely an amazing young lady. I mean, she was intelligent, she was beautiful, she was personable, and she was extremely charismatic,” said Premier High School Campus Director Marsha Grissom, who knew Gideon when she was a young teacher in the Granbury school district and Gideon was a student at GHS.

Grissom said that she observed her as a budding actress when she performed in plays and musicals at the high school. She had “an amazing support system from home” through her parents, Roger and Francis Gideon, Grissom said.

“After she graduated high school, she left Granbury pretty quickly to pursue her dreams,” added Grissom, who is a former principal at Granbury High School.

Gideon graduated from Baylor University in Waco in 1978 with a degree in oral communications (radio, television and film). In her freshman year, she was voted a “Baylor Beauty.” She was a jazz singer in Europe before her acting career in the U.S. took off.

By Tuesday morning, Wikipedia had already updated information on the Erath County-born actress, stating that her death occurred on Feb. 3, 2014 – Monday. On Tuesday, the website featured a posting about Gideon’s passing. The posting quoted the actress’ “Search for Tomorrow” co-star, Marcia McCabe, who played Sunny Adamson.

“Louan was so friendly, upbeat and had that warm southern charm and we became instant pals,” she said.

Grissom was shocked to hear Tuesday morning of Gideon’s passing.

“She was just a very nice person,” she said.

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