Anissa Jones

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Anissa Jones
Birth name Mary Anissa Jones
Born March 11, 1958 in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Died August 28, 1976 in Oceanside, California, USA from a drug overdose
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes



Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Family Affair (1966) Buffy Davis 1966–1971 1 2 3 4 5

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Cameo Appearance 1x08 - Show 8 March 11, 1968
To Rome with Love Buffy Davis 2x04 - Roman Affair October 6, 1970


  • Her middle name "Anissa" means "little friend" in Arabic
  • Her maternal grandparents were Lebanese
  • Had a younger brother, Paul, who died of a drug overdose in 1984
  • Attended Orville Wright Junior High School
  • Attended Westchester High School from 1973 to 1976
  • Her parents divorced in 1965; lived with her father until his death from heart disease in 1973
  • Dropped out of high school and briefly worked at Winchell's Donut Shop
  • Was reported as a runaway by her mother and was placed in a youth detention center for months until she was allowed to return to her mother's custody
  • Was 18 years old at the time of her death
  • Six days after Anissa's death, Dr. Don Carlos Moshos was arrested for illegally prescribing seconal to her and charged with 11 offenses (including second degree murder); Moshos died of cancer in December of 1976 before the verdict came out which found him 30% liable for her death
  • Began dancing when she was 2 years old
  • Appeared in a cereal commercial when she was 6 years old