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Mary Wickes (1910–1995)


From the grand old school of wisecracking, loud and lanky Mary Wickes had few peers while forging a career as a salty scene-stealer. Her abrupt, tell-it-like-it-is demeanor made her a consistent audience favorite on every medium for over six decades. She was particularly adroit in film parts that chided the super rich or exceptionally pious, and ... See full bio »

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 1995-1997 Life with Louie (TV Series)
Grandma
- The Thank You Note (1997) ... Grandma (voice)
- When Cedar Knoll Freezes Over (1996) ... Grandma (voice)
- A Fish Called Pepper (1995) ... Grandma (voice)
 1990 Postcards from the Edge
Grandma
 1988 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Minnie
- Country Doctor (1988) ... Minnie
 1987 Almost Partners (TV Movie)
Aggie Greyson
 1984-1987 Punky Brewster (TV Series)
Mrs. Dempsey / Sister Bernadette
- So Long, Studio (1987) ... Mrs. Dempsey
- Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1984) ... Sister Bernadette
 1987 Alf Loves a Mystery (TV Movie)
Agatha Megpeace
 1986 The Christmas Gift (TV Movie)
Henrietta Sawyer
 1985 The Canterville Ghost (TV Movie)
Mrs. Umney
 1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Mrs. Alva Crane
- Widow, Weep for Me (1985) ... Mrs. Alva Crane
 1985 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Ms. Crandall
- First the Egg (1985) ... Ms. Crandall
 1981-1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Rocky Flanagan / Hazel / Miranda
- Of Cats, Crashes and Creeps (1984) ... Rocky Flanagan
- The Good Life (1982) ... Hazel
- Hate Is Enough (1981) ... Miranda
 1984 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Nellie Cochran
- Wanted Man (1984) ... Nellie Cochran
 1981 The Waltons (TV Series)
Octavia
- The Hostage (1981) ... Octavia
 1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Mrs. Randolph
 1980 Touched by Love
Margaret
 1979 Willa (TV Movie)
Eunice
 1977-1978 Tabitha (TV Series)
Cassandra
- Tabitha's Party (1978) ... Cassandra
- Halloween Show (1977)
 1977 Lucy Calls the President (TV Movie)
Millie Baker
 1975-1976 Doc (TV Series)
Nurse Beatrice Tully
- Carry on Nurse, Please (1976) ... Nurse Beatrice Tully
- All Work and No Pay (1976) ... Nurse Beatrice Tully
- My Son, the Father (1976) ... Nurse Beatrice Tully
- The Death of a Turtle (1976) ... Nurse Beatrice Tully
- Oldies But Goodies (1976) ... Nurse Beatrice Tully
 1975 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Colonel Reese
- House Arrest (1975) ... Colonel Reese
 1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Dr. Bess Winestock
- They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be... (1974) ... Dr. Bess Winestock
 1974 Ma and Pa (TV Movie)
 1969-1974 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Isabel / Clara Simpson / Violet Barker / ...
- Lucy, the Sheriff (1974) ... Clara Simpson
- Lucy Plays Cops and Robbers (1973) ... Violet Barker
- Lucy's Big Break (1972) ... Nurse Sylvia Ogilvy
- Lucy and Her All-Nun Band (1971) ... Sister Paula Carter
 1972 Open Window (Short)
Mrs. Sappleton
 1972 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Mary
- The Light Housekeeper (1972) ... Mary (as Mary Wicks)
 1972 Snowball Express
Miss Wigginton
 1972 Napoleon and Samantha
Clerk
 1972 The Don Rickles Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1972)
 1971 The Jimmy Stewart Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Bullard
- Period of Readjustment (1971) ... Mrs. Bullard
- A Vote for Howard (1971) ... Mrs. Bullard
- A Bunk for Unc (1971) ... Mrs. Bullard
- Pro Bono Publico (1971) ... Mrs. Bullard
 1971 Columbo (TV Series)
Landlady
- Suitable for Framing (1971) ... Landlady
 1971 The Man and the City (TV Series)
Cora
- Running Scared (1971) ... Cora
 1970 The Debbie Reynolds Show (TV Series)
Aunt Harriet
- Advice and Dissent (1970) ... Aunt Harriet
 1969 The Monk (TV Movie)
Mrs. Medford
 1969 The Queen and I (TV Series)
Hazel Becker
- Requiem for Becker (1969) ... Hazel Becker
 1969 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Emma Flood
- The Buddy (1969) ... Emma Flood
 1968 I Spy (TV Series)
Mildred
- Shana (1968) ... Mildred
 1963-1967 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Frances / Aunt Agatha / Miss Hurlow / ...
- Lucy's Mystery Guess (1967) ... Aunt Agatha
- Lucy and Robert Goulet (1967) ... Miss Hurlow
- Lucy the Babysitter (1967) ... Mrs. Winslow
- Lucy and the Sleeping Beauty (1965) ... Aunt Gussie
 1967 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Adaline Ashley
- The Social Climbers (1967) ... Adaline Ashley
 1967 The Spirit Is Willing
Gloria Tritt
 1967 F Troop (TV Series)
Samantha Oglesby
- Marriage, Fort Courage Style (1967) ... Samantha Oglesby
 1963-1966 Bonanza (TV Series)
Hattie / Martha
- A Christmas Story (1966) ... Hattie
- The Colonel (1963) ... Martha
 1964-1965 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Junior's Teacher / Ruby - San Fernando's Accomplice
- Brats in Your Belfry (1965) ... Junior's Teacher
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Harem (1964) ... Ruby - San Fernando's Accomplice
 1965 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Miss Brink
- The Day They Stole County General (1965) ... Miss Brink
 1965 How to Murder Your Wife
Harold's Secretary
 1965 The Decorator (TV Movie)
Viola
 1964 Fate Is the Hunter
Mrs. Llewlyn
 1964 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Jeri Schronk
- Caribbean Cruise (1964) ... Jeri Schronk
 1964 Temple Houston (TV Series)
Ida Goff
- Do Unto Others, Then Gallop (1964) ... Ida Goff
- The Gun That Swept the West (1964) ... Ida Goff
- The Case for William Gotch (1964) ... Ida Goff
- The Law and Big Annie (1964) ... Ida Goff
- Thy Name Is Woman (1964) ... Ida Goff
 1964 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
- First Addition (1964)
 1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Nurse
- It's Mental Work (1963) ... Nurse
 1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Pike
- The Machine That Played God (1963) ... Mrs. Pike
 1963 Our Man Higgins (TV Series)
Mme. Amethyst
- Love Is Dandy (1963) ... Mme. Amethyst
 1961-1962 The Gertrude Berg Show (TV Series)
Maxfield / Maxwell
- High Finance (1962) ... Maxfield
- Maxie's Silent Partner (1962) ... Maxfield
- First Test (1961) ... Maxwell
- The First Day (1961)
 1960-1961 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Lottie / Hannah
- The Princess and the Goblins (1961) ... Lottie
- Little Men (1960) ... Hannah
 1961 The Chevy Show (TV Series)
Edith Gunther
 1961 The Sins of Rachel Cade
Marie Grieux
 1960 Cimarron
Mrs. Neal Hefner
 1960 Buick-Electra Playhouse (TV Series)
Nurse
 1960 The Gambler, the Nun and the Radio (TV Movie)
Nurse
 1959 Startime (TV Series)
Myrtle
- Cindy's Fella (1959) ... Myrtle
 1959 It Happened to Jane
Matilda Runyon
 1959 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Sally
- Bat McKidderick (1959) ... Sally
 1958 The Proud Rebel
Mrs. Ainsley (uncredited)
 1956-1958 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Liz O'Neill
- Too Good for Words (1958) ... Liz O'Neill
- You Gotta Be Miserable to Be Happy (1958) ... Liz O'Neill
- Rusty, the Bully (1958) ... Liz O'Neill
- The Bob Hope Show (1958) ... Liz O'Neill
- Danny Meets Kathy (1957) ... Liz O'Neill
 1958 Walt Disney Presents: Annette (TV Series)
Katie
- The Mystery Is Solved (1958) ... Katie
- Mike to the Rescue (1958) ... Katie
- The Farewell Letter (1958) ... Katie
- Annette Makes a Decision (1958) ... Katie
- The Turned Down Invitation (1958) ... Katie
 1957 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Waitress
- Misery Loves Company (1957) ... Waitress (uncredited)
 1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Amelia
- Dark Hammock (1957) ... Amelia
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Grace
- Circle of the Day (1957) ... Grace
 1956 Dance with Me, Henry
Miss Mayberry
 1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Mrs. Foster the landlady / Blanche Armstaedter
- Toby (1956) ... Mrs. Foster the landlady
- The Baby Sitter (1956) ... Blanche Armstaedter
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- The Catbird Seat (1956)
 1955 Good Morning, Miss Dove
Miss Lorraine Ellwood
 1955 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Sally Brass
 1955 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Lizzie
- Time Out for Ginger (1955) ... Lizzie
 1954-1955 The Halls of Ivy (TV Series)
Alice
- The Umbrella Man (1955) ... Alice
- The Chinese Student (1955) ... Alice
- Pilot (1954)
 1954 Ma and Pa Kettle at Home
Miss Wetter
 1949-1954 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mary Poppins
- The Runaway (1954)
- Mrs. Hargreaves (1952)
- Mary Poppins (1949) ... Mary Poppins
 1953 The Actress
Emma Glavey
 1953 Bonino (TV Series)
Martha (1953)
 1953 Half a Hero
Mrs. Watts
 1952 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
 1952 Bloodhounds of Broadway
Lady at Laundry (uncredited)
 1952 The Story of Will Rogers
Mrs. Foster
 1952 Young Man with Ideas
Mrs. Jarvis Gilpin
 1952 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Madame Lamond
- The Ballet (1952) ... Madame Lamond
 1950 The Peter Lind Hayes Show (TV Series)
Housekeeper (1950)
 1950 The Petty Girl
Prof. Whitman
 1950 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
 1949 Inside U.S.A. with Chevrolet (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1949)
 1949 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Amelia Coop
- Dark Hammock (1949) ... Amelia Coop
 1949 Colgate Theatre (TV Series)
 1949 NBC Presents (TV Series)
 1948 Actor's Studio (TV Series)
- The Catbird Seat (1948)
 1948 June Bride
Rosemary McNally
 1943 Higher and Higher
Sandy Brooks
 1943 Happy Land
Emmy
 1943 My Kingdom for a Cook
Agnes Willoughby (uncredited)
 1943 Rhythm of the Islands
Susie Dugan
 1943 How's About It
'Mike' Tracy
 1942 Who Done It?
Juliet Collins
 1942 Keeping Fit (Short)
Ann - Andy's wife
 1942 Private Buckaroo
Bonnie-Belle Schlopkiss
 1942 Blondie's Blessed Event
Sarah Miller
 1939 Seeing Red (Short)
Mrs. Smith (uncredited)
 1937 Hollywood Hotel
Guest at Orchid Room (uncredited)
 1936 Charlie Chan at the Opera
Opera Spectator (uncredited)
 1935 Watch the Birdie (Short)
Bottom right at 1:18 into scene (unconfirmed, uncredited)
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Stage Play: Danton's Death. Drama (revival). Music by Marc Blitzstein. Written by Geoffrey Dunlop. Based on the German of Georg Buchner. Scenic Design by Jan Tichacek. Directed by Orson Welles. Mercury Theatre: 2 Nov 1938- Nov 1938 (closing date unknown/21 performances). Cast: William Alland (as "Servant to Danton"), Ellen Andrews (as "... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Mary Wicks

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Played a bus driving nun in two movie franchises: as Sister Clarissa in The Trouble with Angels (1966) and its sequel Where Angels Go Trouble Follows! (1968), and as Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act (1992) and its sequel Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993). See more »

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