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Shirley Mitchell (I) (1919–2013)


A prolific radio and TV actress, Ms. Mitchell was a regular on such classic radio series as "Fibber McGee and Molly" and "The Great Gildersleeve," and on television, "Pete & Gladys" (Janet Colton), "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" (Marge Thornton), and "Bachelor Father" (Kitty Deveraux). She also made frequent appearances on other TV shows, ... See full bio »

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Known For

The War of the Roses Mrs. Dewitt
(1989)
I Love Lucy Marion Strong
(1953-1954)
The Beverly Hillbillies Opal Clampett / Governess
(1962-1963)
Lassie Alma Stevens / Jean Roberts
(1959-1962)

Filmography

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 2012 Mad (TV Series)
Betty White
- Betty White & the Huntsman/Ancient Greek Mythbusters (2012) ... Betty White (voice)
 2006 Desperate Housewives: The Game (Video Game)
Etta Davenport (voice)
 1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Mrs. Lang
- Deck the Halls (1990) ... Mrs. Lang
 1989 The War of the Roses
Mrs. Dewitt
 1989 Cathy's Valentine (TV Movie)
Anne, Cathy's Mother (voice)
 1988 Cathy's Last Resort (TV Movie)
Anne, Cathy's Mother (voice)
 1988 A Pup Named Scooby-Doo (TV Series)
- The Sludge Monster from the Earth's Core (1988) ... (voice, credit only)
 1988 Big Business
Stockholder
 1987 Cathy (TV Movie)
Mom (voice)
 1986 Summer Camp Nightmare
Mrs. Knute
 1986 Dallas (TV Series)
 1983/I Happy Endings (TV Movie)
 1983 Another Woman's Child (TV Movie)
Lady in Boutique
 1981 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Mrs. Perkins
- A Family Affair (1981) ... Mrs. Perkins
 1979 CHiPs (TV Series)
Matron
- Death Watch (1979) ... Matron
 1979 Makin' It (TV Series)
Doris
- The Art Auction (1979) ... Doris
 1976-1978 The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (TV Series)
Olivia Dervy / Voices
- The Diabolical Disc Demon (1978) ... (voice)
- Make a Beeline Away from That Feline (1978) ... Olivia Dervy (voice)
- Watch Out! The Willawaw! (1978) ... (voice)
- The Ozark Witch Switch (1977) ... Voices (voice)
- The Headless Horseman of Halloween (1976) ... (voice, credit only)
 1978 Alice (TV Series)
Betty
- Mel's in a Family Way (1978) ... Betty
 1978 The Scooby-Doo Show (TV Series)
- To Switch A Witch (1978) ... (voice)
 1978 The Rita Moreno Show (TV Movie)
Doris
 1978 America 2-Night (TV Series)
Wanda Ford
- Help Every Little Person (1978) ... Wanda Ford
 1977 Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels (TV Series short)
Additional Voices
- The Mystery Mansion Mix-Up (1977) ... Additional Voices
 1977 Three's Company (TV Series)
Mona Carmichael
- Jack's Uncle (1977) ... Mona Carmichael
 1976 Chico and the Man (TV Series)
Amanda
- Ed's Recuperation (1976) ... Amanda
 1976 Executive Suite (TV Series)
Lucy
- Re: The Porno Ploy (1976) ... Lucy
 1975 Emergency! (TV Series)
Mrs. Larson
- One of Those Days (1975) ... Mrs. Larson
 1974 Apple's Way (TV Series)
Dora Compton
- The Engagement (1974) ... Dora Compton
 1974 The Odd Couple (TV Series)
Receptionist
- Cleanliness is Next to Impossible (1974) ... Receptionist
 1973 The Young and the Restless (TV Series)
Sylvia Chase (1976)
 1972 The Couple Takes a Wife (TV Movie)
Employment Clerk
 1972 The Roman Holidays (TV Series)
Laurie Holiday
- Father of the Year (1972) ... Laurie Holiday (voice)
- Cyrano deHappius (1972) ... Laurie Holiday (voice)
- Buried Treasure (1972) ... Laurie Holiday (voice)
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Chariot Wash (1972) ... Laurie Holiday (voice)
- Double Dilemma (1972) ... Laurie Holiday (voice)
 1967-1971 Green Acres (TV Series)
Nurse / Marla Grayson / Wanda Markham
- Hawaiian Honeymoon (1971) ... Marla Grayson
- Instant Family (1968) ... Nurse
- Oliver's Jaded Past (1968) ... Wanda Markham
 1970 The Debbie Reynolds Show (TV Series)
Marion
- Those Dangerous Years (1970) ... Marion
 1969 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Loomis
- The Five Dollar Bill (1969) ... Mrs. Loomis
 1968 The Mothers-In-Law (TV Series)
Margaret Cornell
- Hail, Hail, the Gang's Still Here (1968) ... Margaret Cornell
- A Little Pregnancy Goes a Long Way (1968) ... Margaret Cornell
 1968 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Sally
- Gossip, Incorporated (1968) ... Sally
- Green-Eyed Robbie (1968) ... Sally
 1967-1968 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Mae Belle Jennings
- Mae's Helping Hand (1968) ... Mae Belle Jennings
- With This Gown I Thee Wed (1967) ... Mae Belle Jennings
- Go Away, Fat (1967) ... Mae Belle Jennings
- Kate's Cousin Mae (1967) ... Mae Belle Jennings
 1967 The Felony Squad (TV Series)
Maria
- Debt of Fear (1967) ... Maria
 1965-1967 Please Don't Eat the Daisies (TV Series)
Marge / Alice / Marge Thornton
- A Matter of Concentration (1967) ... Marge
- Professor, Please! (1967) ... Marge
- Just While You're Resting (1967) ... Marge
- Help Wanted, Desperately (1967) ... Marge
- Remember Lake Serene (1967) ... Marge
 1966 My Brother the Angel (TV Series)
Mrs. Schweitzer
- The Girl from R.A.L.P.H. (1966) ... Mrs. Schweitzer
 1951-1966 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Mrs. Lump Lump / Clara Appleby / Mrs. Cavendish / ...
- The Agony and the Nag-Ony (1966) ... Clara Appleby
- Appleby's Soul or Ah, Sweet Misery of Wife (1965) ... Clara Appleby
- The Seven Year Wretch (1965) ... Clara Appleby
- Mamma's Little Monster (1964) ... Mrs. Cavendish
- Marooned (1953) ... Dance Instructor
 1963-1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Marilyn David / Mrs. Banks / Elizabeth Bain / ...
- The Case of the Carefree Coronary (1965) ... Marilyn David
- The Case of the Scandalous Sculptor (1964) ... Mrs. Banks (uncredited)
- The Case of the Woeful Widower (1964) ... Elizabeth Bain (voice)
- The Case of the Reluctant Model (1963) ... Ticket Woman
- The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe (1963) ... Miss Fairweather
 1965 My Blood Runs Cold
Mrs. Courtland
 1953-1964 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
Helen / Miss Burch / Betty Washburn / ...
- Tonoose Gets a Job (1964) ... Miss Burch
- Danny's English Friend (1962) ... Betty Washburn
- Kathy Delivers the Mail (1960) ... Mrs. Bennett
- Dinah Shore and Danny are Rivals (1958) ... Martha Miller
- Den Mother (1956) ... Mrs. Shaffer
 1962-1964 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Beth Gregory / Shirley Rogers
- A Nice, Friendly Game of Cards (1964) ... Beth Gregory
- Somebody Has to Play Cleopatra (1962) ... Shirley Rogers
 1964 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Landlady
- The Target (1964) ... Landlady
 1962-1963 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Opal Clampett / Governess
- The Clampetts Go Hollywood (1963) ... Opal Clampett
- The Clampetts Are Overdrawn (1963) ... Opal Clampett
- Trick or Treat (1962) ... Governess
 1963 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Shirley Biddle
- All About Barbara (1963) ... Shirley Biddle
 1962 Howie (TV Movie)
Martha
 1961-1962 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
Clubwoman / Gracie / Autograph Seeker / ...
- A Woman's Place (1962) ... Clubwoman
- Once a Bachelor (1962) ... Gracie
- Double Exposure (1962) ... Autograph Seeker
- Joey Meets Jack Paar (1961) ... Secretary
 1962 McKeever and the Colonel (TV Series)
Mrs. Davenport
- General McKeever (1962) ... Mrs. Davenport
 1960-1962 Pete and Gladys (TV Series)
Janet Colton
- Continental Dinner (1962) ... Janet Colton
- The Case of the Gossipy Maid (1962) ... Janet Colton
- Pete's Party Dress (1962) ... Janet Colton
- Christmas Shopping (1961) ... Janet Colton
- Eyewitness (1961) ... Janet Colton
 1962 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Mrs. Douglas
- Ed's New Neighbors (1962) ... Mrs. Douglas
 1959-1962 Lassie (TV Series)
Jean Roberts / Alma Stevens
- The Hike (1962) ... Jean Roberts
- The Flying Machine (1959) ... Alma Stevens
 1954-1961 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Gloria / Hashslinger / Goldie, Manicurist / ...
- New Year's Eve (1961) ... Gloria
- Jack Goes to Cafeteria (1961) ... Hashslinger
- Hong Kong Suit (1960) ... Goldie, Manicurist
- The Jimmy Stewart Show (1959) ... Gladys Gearshift
- Liberace Show (1954) ... Mabel, switchboard operator
 1961 Westinghouse Playhouse (TV Series)
Shirley
- Sweet Charity (1961) ... Shirley
 1961 The Tab Hunter Show (TV Series)
Gypsy
- Sultan for a Day (1961) ... Gypsy
 1960-1961 Angel (TV Series)
Blanche
- Happy Marriage (1961) ... Blanche
- The Contest (1960) ... Blanche
 1960 Dante (TV Series)
Nurse
- The Jolly Roger Cocktail (1960) ... Nurse
 1960 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Alice
- Emmy Lou (1960) ... Alice
 1960 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Mason
- The Misfit (1960) ... Mrs. Mason
 1960 Because They're Young
Mrs. Summers (uncredited)
 1953-1960 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV Series)
Helen / Mirabel / Cathy
- Uninvited Guests (1960) ... Helen
- Harriet's Dancing Partner (1958) ... Mirabel
- Dental Receptionist (1953) ... Cathy
 1959 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
May Crane
- Tom, Dick, and Harry (1959) ... May Crane
 1959 Startime (TV Series)
Radio actress
- The Wonderful World of Entertainment (1959) ... Radio actress
 1958-1959 Bachelor Father (TV Series)
Kitty Deveraux / Gladys Peterson / Emcee
- Bentley, the Hero (1959) ... Kitty Deveraux
- Bentley and the Motorcycle (1959) ... Kitty Deveraux
- Bentley's Aunt Caroline (1959) ... Kitty Deveraux
- Decisions, Decisions (1959) ... Kitty Deveraux
- Bentley's Economy Wave (1959) ... Kitty Deveraux
 1959 The D.A.'s Man (TV Series)
Sondra Acmar
- Corky (1959) ... Sondra Acmar
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Jennie
- I Was a Bloodhound (1959) ... Jennie
 1958 The Veil (TV Mini Series)
Ellie Cooper
- Whatever Happened to Peggy (1958) ... Ellie Cooper
 1958 Dragnet (TV Series)
Ruth Daley
- The Big Border (1958)
- The Big Irony (1958) ... Ruth Daley
 1954-1958 December Bride (TV Series)
Margie
- Lily Is Bored (1954) ... Margie
 1958 Too Much, Too Soon
Mrs. Magda Snow (uncredited)
 1958 Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Warnike
- The Doctor Was a Lady (1958) ... Mrs. Warnike
 1958 The Eve Arden Show (TV Series)
 1958 Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
Janet Wilson
- Child Care (1958) ... Janet Wilson
 1957 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Lila Maginnis
- Luke Gets His Freedom (1957) ... Lila Maginnis
 1956-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Boggs / Doris / Edith / ...
- Old Witch, Old Witch (1957) ... Mrs. Boggs
- Diagnosis: Homicide (1957) ... Doris
- Edge of Doubt (1957) ... Edith
- Mildred Pierce (1956) ... Ida
- The Steel Trap (1956) ... Stewardess
 1957 Code 3 (TV Series)
Ellen Webber
- The Thief (1957) ... Ellen Webber
 1957 Desk Set
Myra Smithers (uncredited)
 1956 Spring Reunion
Jane the Receptionist (uncredited)
 1956 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series)
Louise March / Ellen North
- A Mother for Benny (1956) ... Louise March
- Reunion (1956) ... Ellen North
 1956 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
Salesgirl
- The Elusive Dime (1956) ... Salesgirl
 1955 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
The Girl
- Gracie Gets a Valet for George (1955) ... The Girl
 1953-1954 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Marion Strong
- Lucy's Club Dance (1954) ... Marion Strong
- Lucy Tells the Truth (1953) ... Marion Strong
- Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress (1953) ... Marion Strong
 1954 Where's Raymond? (TV Series)
Girl in Coffee Pot
- Redecorate the Coffeeshop (1954) ... Girl in Coffee Pot
 1952-1953 I Married Joan (TV Series)
Lyons, Natalie / Agnes / Elsie / ...
- Double Wedding (1953) ... Lyons, Natalie
- Business Executive (1953) ... Agnes
- Model (1953) ... Elsie
- Pilot (1952) ... Mrs. Mitchell
 1953 The Clown
Mrs. Blotto (uncredited)
 1952 Mark Saber (TV Series)
Muriel
- The Case of the Locked Room (1952) ... Muriel
 1951 Hollywood Theatre Time (TV Series)
 1945 Dream (TV Movie)
Reporter
 1944 Jamboree
Alice Darling
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Shirley's most prominent radio role was as the southern widow Leila Ramsome on the Great Gildersleeve program. She would play Gildy's occasional love interest (and onetime fiancée) for nearly 15 years from 1942 until the show ended in 1957. See more »

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)

Spouse:

Jay Livingston  (his death) | See more »

Relatives:

Nancy Olson (sibling)
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Trivia:

Her career began on radio shows, including "The Great Gildersleeve" and "Fibber McGee & Molly". She became friends with Lucille Ball during the redhead's radio days on "My Favorite Husband". Mitchell moved to Los Angeles in the 1940s and transitioned to television. See more »

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