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Also Known As: Died: August 23, 2001
Born: February 17, 1919 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1926:
Joined parents in their vaudeville act when she was 2 1/2 (date approximate)
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After college, formed the Circle Players with Beverly Garland, Alvin Sargent and Alan J Pakula, among others
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Was signed for first role after scouts saw her performing in her own theater company's rendition of "Ethan Frome"
1948:
Film debut in one-line part ("Read about that bathtub murder?") in "The Naked City"
1948:
Starred in the short "Annie Was a Wonder"
1951:
Acted in "A Place in the Sun"
1952:
Made uncredited appearance in "Singin' in the Rain"
1953:
TV series debut, "Topper" (CBS); played the maid Katie
1953:
Played 'Happy' Stella Kowalski in "The Affairs of Dobie Gillis"
1954:
Made first of 10 features with Jerry Lewis, "Three Ring Circus"
1954:
Had regular role on "Mayor of the Town" (syndicated)
1955:
Co-starred in "Artists and Models", starring Lewis
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Made appearances as Schultzy's friend Bertha on the sitcom "Love That Bob/The Bob Cummings Show"
1958:
Appeared as a neighbor on "The Donna Reed Show" (ABC)
1958:
Had supporting role in "The Fly"
1961:
Reteamed with Jerry Lewis in "The Errand Boy" and "The Ladies' Man"
1963:
Supported Lewis in "The Nutty Professor" and "Who's Minding the Store?"
1964:
Again worked with Lewis in "The Disorderly Orderly"
1966:
Eight teaming with Jerry Lewis, "Three on a Couch"
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Played Mrs. Boss on the CBS sitcom "It's About Time", centering on two astronauts who find themselves transported back to the Stone Age
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Cast in recurring role of Gertrude Linkmeier in "Hogan's Heroes"
1969:
Acted in "Support Your Local Sheriff" and again reteamed with Jerry Lewis for "Hook, Line and Sinker"
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Had regular role of Flo Shafer on "The Beverly Hillbillies" (CBS)
1970:
Co-starred in "Myra Breckinridge"
1970:
Tenth and last film with Lewis, "Which Way to the Front?"
1971:
Cast as a nosy landlady on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Funny Face", starring Sandy Duncan
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Portrayed Dom DeLuise's mother on the NBC sitcom "Lotsa Luck"
1975:
Played a policewoman in "The Strongest Man in the World"
1978:
Broadway debut in "13 Rue de l'Amour"
1979:
Appeared as the mother of bank robbers in the NBC Western movie "The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang"
1980:
Had supporting role as a nun in "The Blues Brothers"
1987:
Acted in "Dragnet"
1988:
Played Ma in the TBS update of "Our Gang"
1988:
Was the third secretary of "Murphy Brown" (CBS)
1990:
Provided a character voice in "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland"
1992:
Voiced the First Elder in "FernGully: The Last Rainforest"
1994:
Co-starred in "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult"
1995:
Made several appearances on the Fox sitcom "Married ... With Children", playing Al Bundy's mother-in-law
1998:
Reprised role of Sister Mary Stigmata in "Blues Brothers 2000"
2000:
Delivered showstopping turn as a pianist (who just showed up one day) in the stage musical "The Full Monty"; earned Tony nomination

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