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Dorothy Van (1928–2002)

A native of Moline, Illinois she was the daughter of a post office worker and Depression era housewife. She started her career as a stage actress in 1946 despite her fathers objections and later emerged as an actress and writer for television in the 1980s situation comedy "Mama's Family" in the role of Aunt Effie Harper. See full bio »

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Mama's Family
Mama's Family Writer
Coming Attractions
Coming Attractions Army Nurse
Silver Spoons
Silver Spoons Writer
Punky Brewster


Jump to: Writer | Actress
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 1992 Major Dad (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Base Desires (1992) ... (written by)
  Mama's Family (TV Series) (written by - 18 episodes, 1983 - 1990) (story - 1 episode, 1983)
- There Is Nothing Like the Dames (1990) ... (written by)
- Mama Takes a Dive (1989) ... (written by)
- There's No Place Like... No Place (1989) ... (written by)
- Naomi's New Position (1988) ... (written by)
- Naomi's Identity Crisis (1988) ... (written by)
 1984-1985 Punky Brewster (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Tap Your Troubles Away (1985) ... (written by)
- Miss Adorable (1984) ... (written by)
  Silver Spoons (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1985) (written by - 1 episode, 1985)
- Special Friend (1985) ... (story)
- The Trouble with Grandfather (1985) ... (written by)
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 1983-1989 Mama's Family (TV Series)
Aunt Effie Harper / Aunt Effie
- Mama's Layaway Plan (1989) ... Aunt Effie Harper
- Mama's Girls (1988) ... Aunt Effie Harper
- After the Fall (1987) ... Aunt Effie Harper
- Porn Again (1987) ... Aunt Effie Harper
- An Ill Wind (1986) ... Aunt Effie Harper
 1985 Rodney Dangerfield: Exposed (TV Movie)
 1978 Coming Attractions
Army Nurse

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Ken Berry and Dorothy Van both were from the same hometown, Moline, Illinois, and appeared on Mama's Family (1983). See more »

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