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Also Known As: Died: November 25, 1991
Born: November 19, 1905 Cause of Death:
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Statuesque and slightly imposing, actress Eleanor Audley was a popular radio, television, and film actress of the 1940s and '50s. She began her career in radio as the mother-in-law, Mrs. Cooper, on "My Favorite Husband" and in a supporting role on "Father Knows Best." Often cast as imposing, icy, and aristocratic female authority figures, Audley did her most distinctive work in the Walt Disney animated classics "Cinderella" as the evil stepmother Lady Tremaine, and as the wicked fairy Maleficent in "Sleeping Beauty." Disney animators also drew Audley's characters in her likeness, making both her voice and her face recognizable in the roles. She appeared in scores of television shows over the course of her career, including "Perry Mason," "The Joey Bishop Show," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," a role as Mother Eunice Douglas on "Green Acres" with Eddie Arnold, and as Mrs. Vincent on "My Three Sons." Audley retired in 1970 and died 21 years later of respiratory failure in Los Angeles.

Statuesque and slightly imposing, actress Eleanor Audley was a popular radio, television, and film actress of the 1940s and '50s. She began her career in radio as the mother-in-law, Mrs. Cooper, on "My Favorite Husband" and in a supporting role on "Father Knows Best." Often cast as imposing, icy, and aristocratic female authority figures, Audley did her most distinctive work in the Walt Disney animated classics "Cinderella" as the evil stepmother Lady Tremaine, and as the wicked fairy Maleficent in "Sleeping Beauty." Disney animators also drew Audley's characters in her likeness, making both her voice and her face recognizable in the roles. She appeared in scores of television shows over the course of her career, including "Perry Mason," "The Joey Bishop Show," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," a role as Mother Eunice Douglas on "Green Acres" with Eddie Arnold, and as Mrs. Vincent on "My Three Sons." Audley retired in 1970 and died 21 years later of respiratory failure in Los Angeles.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hook, Line and Sinker (1969) Mrs. Durham
2.
 Never a Dull Moment (1968) Matron
3.
 The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) Mrs. Cartwright
4.
 The Second Time Around (1961) Mrs. Trask
5.
 Sleeping Beauty (1959) Maleficent
6.
 The FBI Story (1959) Mrs. King
7.
 A Summer Place (1959) Mrs. Harrington
8.
 Home Before Dark (1958) Mrs. Hathaway
9.
 Step Down to Terror (1958) Miss Brighton
10.
 Full of Life (1957) Mrs. Jameson
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