Louan Gideon

Louan Gideon
Born (1955-11-12)November 12, 1955
Erath County, Texas, U.S.
Died February 3, 2014(2014-02-03) (aged 58)
Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.
Alma mater Baylor University (1978)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1985–2013
Spouse(s) Walt Borchers (m. 2011–2014; her death)

Louan Gideon (November 12, 1955 – February 3, 2014) was an American actress best known for her role as antagonist Danielle Atron on Nickelodeon's The Secret World of Alex Mack. She was also the last actress to play Liza Walton Sentell on the long-running soap opera Search for Tomorrow.


Born in Erath County, Texas, Gideon was a jazz singer in Europe and Asia before becoming an actress in the US. Gideon earned Bachelor of Arts degree at Baylor University in Waco, Texas (1978); she majored in oral communications (radio-television-film). In her freshman year, she was voted as a "Baylor Beauty" - rare for a freshman.

In 2006, she left Los Angeles for the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, where she continued her career as a writer and stage actress. She successfully battled breast cancer in 2009, and in 2011 married her long-time partner, veteran entertainment executive Walt Borchers. The ceremony took place in Lake Como, Italy, and was presided over by her close friend Bryan Cranston. Her cancer returned in late 2013 and she died surrounded by loved ones on February 3, 2014, at age 58.[1]


List of acting performances in film and television
Title Year Role Notes
Malcolm in the Middle 2004 Woman Episode: "Dewey's Special Class"
Joan of Arcadia 2003 Val Wyatt Episode: "The Fire and the Wood"
Six Feet Under 2001 Grieving Woman Episode: "Life's Too Short"
Titus 2001 Woman #2 Episode: "Hard-Ass"
Sabrina the Teenage Witch 2001 Eleanor Episode: "Tick-Tock Hilda's Clock"
3rd Rock from the Sun 2000 Saleswoman Episode: "Rutherford Beauty"
Treehouse Hostage 1999 Mrs. Stevens Film
P.U.N.K.S. 1999 Ms. Grimes Film
The Tom Show 1998 Maylee Episode: "The Band"
Episode: Tom vs. the PTA
The Secret World of Alex Mack 1994–1998 Danielle Atron 78 episodes
Seinfeld 1997 Mrs. Hamilton Episode: "The Millennium"
Dark Skies 1996 Tammy Episode: "Dreamland"
Diagnosis: Murder 1996 Stratton's Secretary Episode: "Murder Murder"
The Home Court 1996 Lisa Episode: "Laborer of Love"
L.A. Firefighters 1996 Donna Ryan Episode: "So What Else Happened"
A.J.'s Time Travelers 1995 Episode: "Florence Nightingale"
Silk Stalkings 1995 Episode: "Pulp Addiction"
Jailbreakers 1994 P.E. Coach TV film
One West Waikiki 1994 Commander Benson Episode: "'Til Death Do Us Part"
Airborne 1993 Mrs. Goosen Film
Beverly Hills, 90210 1993 Gina Episode: "Midlife... Now What?"
Saved by the Bell 1992 Becky Belding Episode: "Earthquake"
Night Court 1990–1992 Heidi / Sonia Blair 3 episodes
Get a Life 1991 Tammy Episode: "Meat Locker 2000"
Who's the Boss? 1991 Hostess Episode: "A Well-Kept Housekeeper"
Eerie, Indiana 1991 Betty Wilson Episode: "Foreverware"
Suburban Commando 1991 Woman at Vending Machine Film
They Came from Outer Space 1991 Dr. B. L. Hinton Episode: "Play Doctor"
thirtysomething 1990 Salesperson Episode: "Fathers and Lovers"
Easy Wheels 1989 Molly Wolf Film
Where There's a Will 1989 Cavatina Andretti TV film
Search for Tomorrow 1985–1986 Liza Walton Sentell


  1. "'A perfect stage exit': Asheville actress Louan Gideon dies", citizen-times.com; accessed February 12, 2014.
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