Lurene Tuttle


About

Died
May 28, 1986

Biography

Character actress Lurene Tuttle, dubbed "The First Lady of Radio," got her start in vaudeville, though she eventually transitioned into film and carried on a rich television career spanning several decades. Tuttle was such a major fixture in radio that the advocacy she lent, along with Jack Benny and Bing Crosby, to the formation of the American Federation of Radio Artists, and subsequen...

Biography

Character actress Lurene Tuttle, dubbed "The First Lady of Radio," got her start in vaudeville, though she eventually transitioned into film and carried on a rich television career spanning several decades. Tuttle was such a major fixture in radio that the advocacy she lent, along with Jack Benny and Bing Crosby, to the formation of the American Federation of Radio Artists, and subsequently the Radio Actors Guild, led to their official establishment. Though radio allowed Tuttle to play a wide range of characters, she is most known for playing busybody neighbors and stodgy yet charming older matriarchs. In the radio mystery-comedy "The Adventures of Sam Spade," Tuttle played nearly every female role, though primarily voiced Spade's secretary, Effie. One of Tuttle's most notable radio-to-television transitions was with "The Red Skelton Show," which started as a radio variety program and became a television staple from the early 1950s through the early 1970s. Tuttle's major film appearances include her role as the sheriff's wife in Alfred Hitchock's classic thriller "Psycho," and as a gentlewoman and one of the three witches in Orson Welles's "Macbeth." Tuttle, however, became more well-known in the latter half of the 20th century for her role as dour yet warm-hearted nurse Hannah Yarby in the sitcom "Julia," starring Diahann Carroll; it was one of the first sitcoms to feature a female African American character in a leading role.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Evil Town (1987)
Testament (1983)
Shooting Stars (1983)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1981)
Return of the Beverly Hillbillies (1981)
For the Love of It (1980)
Human Experiments (1980)
White Mama (1980)
Nutcracker Fantasy (1979)
Voice
The Clonus Horror (1979)
Anna Noble
The Manitou (1978)
Mrs Herz
Crash of Flight 401 (1978)
God Bless Dr. Shagetz (1977)
Final Chapter--Walking Tall (1977)
Law and Order (1976)
Mrs. Sundance (1974)
Live Again, Die Again (1974)
Cheap (1974)
Voice
Walking Tall (1973)
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968)
Aunt Martha
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
Mrs. Miller
The Fortune Cookie (1966)
Mother Hinkle
The Restless Ones (1965)
Nightmare in the Sun (1964)
Critic's Choice (1963)
Mother
Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960)
[Katherine Clark] Ma Barker
Psycho (1960)
Mrs. Chambers
Slander (1957)
Mrs. Doyle
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Loretta Bartha
Untamed Youth (1957)
Judge Cecile Steele
The Glass Slipper (1955)
Cousin Loulou
Sincerely Yours (1955)
Mrs. McGinley
Give a Girl a Break (1954)
Mrs. Doolittle
The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)
Mrs. Hammer
Niagara (1953)
Mrs. Kettering
Never Wave at a WAC (1953)
Capt. Murchison
Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Ruth Jones
Room for One More (1952)
Miss Kenyon
Watch the Birdie (1951)
Millie
Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)
Stella Dawson
The Whip Hand (1951)
Molly Loomis
Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)
Ellen Griswold
A Life of Her Own (1950)
<I>Vogue</I> secretary
The Admiral Was a Lady (1950)
Clerk
Homecoming (1948)
Miss Stoker
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
Mary
Macbeth (1948)
Gentlewoman/Witch
Heaven Only Knows (1947)
Mrs. O'Donnell
Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)
Girl actress
Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)
Stenographer

Cast (Special)

Robert Young and the Family (1971)
An Apartment in Rome (1964)
Aunt Ethel
All in the Family (1960)
I Remember Caviar (1959)
Caroline Randall

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (1984)
Dorothy in the Land of Oz (1980)
Voice Of Aunt Em
Carlton Your Doorman (1980)
Voice Of Carlton'S Mother

Life Events

Photo Collections

The Fortune Cookie - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for Billy Wilder's The Fortune Cookie (1966), starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

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