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Alice Ghostley (1923–2007)


Whether portraying a glum, withering wallflower, a drab and dowdy housewife, a klutzy maid or a cynical gossip, eccentric character comedienne Alice Ghostley had the ability to draw laughs from the skimpiest of material with a simple fret or whine. Making a name for herself on the Tony-winning Broadway stage, her eternally forlorn looks later ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Graduate
The Graduate Mrs. Singleman
(1967)
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird Aunt Stephanie Crawford
(1962)
Grease
Grease Mrs. Murdock
(1978)
Designing Women
Designing Women Bernice Clifton
(1986-1993)

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 2000 Passions (TV Series)
Matilda Matthews
- Episode #1.149 (2000) ... Matilda Matthews
- Episode #1.147 (2000) ... Matilda Matthews
- Episode #1.134 (2000) ... Matilda Matthews
- Episode #1.131 (2000) ... Matilda Matthews
 1998 Hard Time (TV Movie)
Apartment manager (uncredited)
 1998 Addams Family Reunion (TV Movie)
Granny
 1998 Dharma & Greg (TV Series)
Mrs. Binns
 1997 Channel Umptee-3 (TV Series)
Pandora Rickets (voice)
 1997 Rugrats (TV Series)
Mrs. Holkin
- Grandpa's Bad Bug/Lady Luck (1997) ... Mrs. Holkin (voice)
 1997 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV Series)
Great-Grandma
- Witch Trash (1997) ... Great-Grandma
 1996-1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
Eccentric Woman / Wife / Grandma / ...
- Side by Side/Hooked on Phobics (1997) ... Eccentric Woman / Wife (voice)
- Baby It's You/Monsters Are Fun (1996) ... Grandma / Nurse (voice)
 1997 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Mrs. DeWinter
- Labor of Love (1997) ... Mrs. DeWinter
 1996 The Client (TV Series)
Aunt Mabel
- Damn Yankees (1996) ... Aunt Mabel
 1995 Izzy's Quest for Olympic Gold (TV Movie) (voice)
 1994 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Mrs. Groviak
- You Can Call Me Johnson (1994) ... Mrs. Groviak
 1994 Cobra (TV Series)
Lorinda McClure
- Lorinda (1994) ... Lorinda McClure
 1993 Daddy Dearest (TV Series)
Aunt Adelaide
- Thanks, But No Thanks (1993) ... Aunt Adelaide
 1992 Hearts Are Wild (TV Series)
Margaret Sawyer
- Pilot (1992) ... Margaret Sawyer
 1990 Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer (TV Movie)
Sarah McDevitt
 1990 B.L. Stryker (TV Series)
Mrs. Parkinson
- Night Train (1990) ... Mrs. Parkinson
 1988 Small Wonder (TV Series)
Ida Mae / Ida Mae Brindle
- Mommie Dearest (1988) ... Ida Mae Brindle
- Togetherness (1988) ... Ida Mae
- The Rock Band (1988) ... Ida Mae
- Big J, the D.J. (1988) ... Ida Mae
 1988 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Mrs. Zbornak
- Mother's Day (1988) ... Mrs. Zbornak
 1987 Punky Brewster (TV Series)
Mrs. Winston
- Punky's Big Story (1987) ... Mrs. Winston
 1986 The New Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
Miss Honeywell
- Miss Honeywell Comes to Town (1986) ... Miss Honeywell
 1986 What's Happening Now! (TV Series)
Minnie
- Shirley's Landlord (1986) ... Minnie
 1986 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Grandma Marie Cooper
- Family Forecast (1986) ... Grandma Marie Cooper
 1985 Stir Crazy (TV Series)
- The Love Affair (1985)
 1985 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Mrs. Schtepmutter
- Cindy (1985) ... Mrs. Schtepmutter
 1985 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Elinor Colander
- Anniversary Dinner (1985) ... Elinor Colander
 1984 The Hoboken Chicken Emergency (TV Movie)
Narrator / Mrs. Gluskin
 1984 Mama Malone (TV Series)
Nedda
- Shall We Dance? (1984) ... Nedda
 1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Marge Collins
- The Fred Connection (1984) ... Marge Collins
 1982 Gimme a Break! (TV Series)
Mrs. Falconberg
- Love Thy Neighbor (1982) ... Mrs. Falconberg
 1980 Katmandu (TV Short)
 1979 Friends (TV Series)
Mrs. Sandler
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Mrs. Sandler
 1978 Chico and the Man (TV Series)
Harriett
- The Peeping Tom (1978) ... Harriett
 1977-1978 One Day at a Time (TV Series)
Harriet Loring
- Barbara the Fink (1978) ... Harriet Loring
- The Ghost Writer (1977) ... Harriet Loring
 1978 Family (TV Series)
Mrs. Hanley
- A Friend of the Family's (1978) ... Mrs. Hanley
 1978 Carter Country (TV Series)
 1978 Police Woman (TV Series)
Manageress
- Sunset (1978) ... Manageress
 1978 CHiPs (TV Series)
Mamie
- Rustling (1978) ... Mamie
 1977 Good Times (TV Series)
Hortense Dobbs / Ms. Irma Austin
- Penny's Christmas (1977) ... Hortense Dobbs
- The Evans Get Involved: Part 4 (1977) ... Hortense Dobbs
- J.J. in Business (1977) ... Ms. Irma Austin
 1977 The Nancy Walker Show (TV Series)
Louise
- The Partners (1977) ... Louise
 1977 What's Happening!! (TV Series)
Mrs. Turner
- The Maid Did It (1977) ... Mrs. Turner
 1976 All's Fair (TV Series)
Inez
- Living Together (1976) ... Inez
 1976 Monster Squad (TV Series)
Queen Bee
- Queen Bee (1976) ... Queen Bee
 1976 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (TV Series)
Gladys Dillworth
- Episode #1.95 (1976) ... Gladys Dillworth (credit only)
- Episode #1.91 (1976) ... Gladys Dillworth (uncredited)
 1976 Maude (TV Series)
Hazel M. Hathaway
- Walter's Stigma (1976) ... Hazel M. Hathaway
 1975 Big Eddie (TV Series)
Violet Klabber
- Crashing Violet (1975) ... Violet Klabber
 1975 Great Performances (TV Series)
Mrs. Taylor
- Who's Happy Now? (1975) ... Mrs. Taylor
 1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Dr. Agnes Temple
- Bad Medicine (1974) ... Dr. Agnes Temple
 1972-1974 The New Temperatures Rising Show (TV Series)
Edwina Moffitt / Mrs. Lindsey
- Mercy Beaucoup (1974) ... Edwina Moffitt
- Shafted (1974) ... Edwina Moffitt
- Healer Man (1974) ... Edwina Moffitt
- The Three Faces of Edwina (1974) ... Edwina Moffitt
- Kid Genius (1974) ... Edwina Moffitt
 1969-1973 Love, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and the Bonded Separation") / Gladys (segment "Love and the High School Sweetheart") / Mom (segment "Love and the Mixed Marriage") / ...
- Love and the Boss/Love and the Jury/Love and the Logical Explanation/Love and the Pregnancy (1971) ... Mrs. Billingsley (segment "Love and the Boss")
- Love and the Living Doll/Love and the Letter/Love and the Joker/Love and the Unlikely Couple (1969) ... Mrs. Silversmith (segment "Love and the Unlikely Couple")
 1973 Here We Go Again (TV Series)
Mrs. Nicholson
- After the Wedding Bells (1973) ... Mrs. Nicholson
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
Betty Carter
- Time of Terror (1972) ... Betty Carter
 1971-1972 Nichols (TV Series)
Bertha
- Bertha (1972) ... Bertha
- Peanuts and Crackerjacks (1971) ... Bertha
 1971 Two on a Bench (TV Movie)
Mrs. Kramer
 1970-1971 Mayberry R.F.D. (TV Series)
Alice / Cousin Alice
- The City Planner (1971) ... Alice
- Mike's Car (1971) ... Cousin Alice
- Alice and the Professor (1971) ... Cousin Alice
- The World Traveler (1971) ... Alice
- The Moon Rocks (1971) ... Alice
 1969-1971 Hogan's Heroes (TV Series)
Mrs. Mannheim / Gertrude Linkmeyer
- That's No Lady, That's My Spy (1971) ... Mrs. Mannheim
 1970 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
Mimi
- The Breakup (1970) ... Mimi
 1969-1970 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (TV Series)
Cousin Harriet / Aggie Berns
- Curious Cousin (1970) ... Cousin Harriet
- Make Me a Match (1969) ... Aggie Berns
 1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Miss Prillo
- The Second Time Around (1969) ... Miss Prillo
 1969 The Queen and I (TV Series)
Gertrude Hartzfelder
- The Promotion (1969) ... Gertrude Hartzfelder
 1969 The Mothers-In-Law (TV Series)
Mrs. Wiley
- And Baby Makes Four (1969) ... Mrs. Wiley
 1966-1968 Get Smart (TV Series)
Naomi Farkas / Veralenya Sarconyacov
- The Farkas Fracas (1968) ... Naomi Farkas
- The Last One in Is a Rotten Spy (1966) ... Veralenya Sarconyacov
 1968 He & She (TV Series)
Norma Nugent
- What's in the Kitty? (1968) ... Norma Nugent
 1968 Insight (TV Series)
Mother
- Watts Made Out of Thread (1968) ... Mother
 1967 Captain Nice (TV Series)
Mrs. Nash
- Beware of Hidden Prophets (1967) ... Mrs. Nash
- One Rotten Apple (1967) ... Mrs. Nash
- May I Have the Last Dance? (1967) ... Mrs. Nash
- It Tastes OK, But Something's Missing (1967) ... Mrs. Nash
- The Week They Stole Payday (1967) ... Mrs. Nash
 1966 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
Jane Marshall
 1966 Please Don't Eat the Daisies (TV Series)
Miss Feather
- Move Over, Mozart (1966) ... Miss Feather
 1965 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Eve Roberti
- The Trouble with Archie (1965) ... Eve Roberti
 1965 Valentine's Day (TV Series)
Mrs. Newman
- I'll Cry at My Wedding (1965) ... Mrs. Newman
- The Title Fight (1965)
 1962-1964 Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (TV Series)
Agnes / Guest Vocalist
- Episode #2.21 (1964) ... Agnes
- Episode #2.11 (1963) ... Agnes
- Episode #2.10 (1963) ... Agnes
- Episode #2.4 (1963) ... Agnes
- Episode #2.2 (1963) ... Agnes
 1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Clara
 1959-1962 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Ida Routzeng
- You Can't Escape (1962)
- A Taste of Champagne (1959) ... Ida Routzeng
 1961 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Bonita Kalsheim
- Christmas at the 53rd (1961) ... Bonita Kalsheim
- Love Finds Muldoon (1961) ... Bonita Kalsheim (as Alice M. Ghostley)
 1961 The Tom Ewell Show (TV Series)
Polly / Lavinia Barrington
- The Chutney Caper (1961) ... Polly
- I Don't See It (1961) ... Lavinia Barrington
 1961 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
 1960 Shangri-La (TV Movie)
Miss Brinklow
 1960 Hooray for Love (TV Movie)
 1960 Dow Hour of Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Charlotte
- The Dachet Diamonds (1960) ... Charlotte
 1957 Twelfth Night (TV Movie)
Maria
 1957 General Motors 50th Anniversary Show (TV Movie)
Wife of Eddie Bracken
 1957 Cinderella (TV Special)
Stepsister Joy
 1956 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
Mrs. Hope
- Flight (1956) ... Mrs. Hope
 1955 Star Stage (TV Series)
 1953 Freedom Rings (TV Series)
 1951 Lights Out (TV Series)
Chambers' Secretary
- Perchance to Dream (1951) ... Chambers' Secretary
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Stage Play: The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window. Written by Lorraine Hansberry. Directed by Peter Kass. Longacre Theatre (moved to Henry Miller's Theatre from 29 Dec 1964- close): 15 Oct 1964- 10 Jan 1965 (101 performances + 14 previews that began on 26 Sep 1964). Cast: John Alderman (as "David Ragin"), Ben Aliza (as "Alton Scales"), ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Alice M. Ghostley | Alicia Ghostley | Alice Ghostly
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Personal Quote:

(In an interview with the Boston Globe in 1990) I knew I didn't look like an ingénue. My nose was too long. I had crooked teeth. I wasn't blond. I knew I looked like a character actress. See more »

Trivia:

She earned a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Play for her various characterizations in "The Beauty Part" in 1963, and won the award in 1965 for Lorraine Hansberry's "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window." See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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