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Also Known As: Died: February 20, 2001
Born: November 14, 1910 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Prescott, Arizona, USA Profession: actor

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Actress Rosemary deCamp studied at Mills College in Oakland, California, and worked on Broadway as an understudy before getting into radio -- voicing roles on "Dr. Christian" and "The Career of Alice Blair." She debuted on the big screen in 1941 with the film "Cheers for Miss Bishop" and over the next eight years made 25 movies for a variety of studios. She was often cast as the confidant or close friend of the female lead in features like "Hold Back the Dawn," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "Rhapsody in Blue," and "Night Unto Night." She played Peg Riley in the movie and TV versions of "The Life of Riley" opposite both William Bendix and Jackie Gleason. DeCamp was also a regular on "The Bob Cummings Show" throughout the '50s, worked with Marlo Thomas on "That Girl," and played Aunt Helen on "Petticoat Junction" in the '60s. Although her work in films had mostly subsided in the last two decades of her career, she continued to work steadily on television, with recurring roles on "The Partridge Family," "Lobo," "B.J. and the Bear," and "St. Elsewhere." Her last TV appearance was in the "Murder, She Wrote" episode "Dead Letter" in 1989. She died of pneumonia in 2001 at the age of 90.

Actress Rosemary deCamp studied at Mills College in Oakland, California, and worked on Broadway as an understudy before getting into radio -- voicing roles on "Dr. Christian" and "The Career of Alice Blair." She debuted on the big screen in 1941 with the film "Cheers for Miss Bishop" and over the next eight years made 25 movies for a variety of studios. She was often cast as the confidant or close friend of the female lead in features like "Hold Back the Dawn," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "Rhapsody in Blue," and "Night Unto Night." She played Peg Riley in the movie and TV versions of "The Life of Riley" opposite both William Bendix and Jackie Gleason. DeCamp was also a regular on "The Bob Cummings Show" throughout the '50s, worked with Marlo Thomas on "That Girl," and played Aunt Helen on "Petticoat Junction" in the '60s. Although her work in films had mostly subsided in the last two decades of her career, she continued to work steadily on television, with recurring roles on "The Partridge Family," "Lobo," "B.J. and the Bear," and "St. Elsewhere." Her last TV appearance was in the "Murder, She Wrote" episode "Dead Letter" in 1989. She died of pneumonia in 2001 at the age of 90.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Saturday the 14th (1981) Aunt Lucille
2.
 Time Machine, The (1978) Agnes
3.
 13 Ghosts (1960) Hilda Zorba
4.
 Strategic Air Command (1955) Mrs. Thorne
5.
 Many Rivers to Cross (1955) Lucy Hamilton
6.
 So This Is Love (1953) Aunt Laura Stokley
7.
 By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) Alice Winfield
8.
 Main Street to Broadway (1953) The mother [Mrs. Craig]
9.
 Scandal Sheet (1952) Charlotte Grant
10.
 The Treasure of Lost Canyon (1952) Samuella Brown
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1948:
Co-starred opposite William Bendix in the film version of "The Life of Riley"
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Had featured role as the title character's widowed sister on "The Robert Cummings Show/Love That Bob"
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Performed on the radio drama "The Career of Alice Blair"
1942:
Portrayed the mother of George M Cohan (played by James Cagney) in "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
1949:
Reprised screen role in the TV version of "The Life of Riley", opposite both Bendix and Jackie Gleason
1979:
Was briefly seen as the mother of Maureen Dean in the CBS miniseries "Blind Ambition"
1945:
Again played the mother of a famous person, this time George Gershwin (portrayed by Robert Alda) in "Rhapsody in Blue"
1941:
Feature acting debut "Cheers for Miss Bishop"
1960:
Made one-shot return to films in "13 Ghosts"
1943:
Acted opposite Ronald Reagan in "This Is the Army"
1942:
Cast as the mother of Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves, in "The Jungle Book"
:
Had recurring role of Shirley Partridge's mom on "The Partridge Family" (ABC)
1955:
Last film for five years, "Strategic Air Command"
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Began acting career as an understudy on Broadway
1981:
Final film, the satirical "Friday the 14th", a spoof of horror movies
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Had 17-year stint as co-star of the radio drama "Dr Christian"
1989:
Last TV acting role, a guest appearance on "Murder, She Wrote", starring Angela Lansbury
:
Played recurring part of the mother of Ann Marie (Marlo Thomas) on "That Girl" (ABC)
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Education

Mills College: San Francisco, California -

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husband:
John A Shider. Died in 1977.

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daughter:
Margaret Shider.
daughter:
Martha Shider.
daughter:
Valerie Shider.
daughter:
Anita Louise Shider.
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