Born in Palo Alto, California, in Feb. 1944, Kemp — whose real name was Vivian Sally Kemp — was born to Vida Kernohan and John Lloyd Kemp.
After receiving her Master's Degree in drama and literature from Stanford and studying at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, she met her future husband, fellow actor Mark Blankfield, while performing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The pair would go on to marry and then later divorce.
According to Deadline, Kemp's passion was Native American culture, gardening, and DIY projects.
After learning that her home needed to be re-stuccoed, Brandis taught herself to stucco, got on a ladder and did it herself in November 2019, according to the outlet.
Her parents, her sister and her brother predeceased her but she is survived by other family members, including her niece, Sharon Lea, and her nephews, David and Scott Ronsse. She will be buried in the family plot in Mount Shasta Memorial Park in California.
Donations can be made in her name to the American Brain Tumor Association.
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