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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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Sister Act Mary Lazarus
(1992)
White Christmas Emma Allen
(1954)
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Sister Mary Lazarus
(1993)

Filmography

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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)
- The Fourth Thursday in November (1995) ... Grandma (voice)
- Alive! Miracle in Cedar Knoll, Wisconsin (1995) ... Grandma (voice)
- A Fish Called Pepper (1995) ... Grandma (voice)
 1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Laverne (voice)
 1994 Weldon Pond (TV Movie)
Ella Michalek
 1994 Little Women
Aunt March
 1993 Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Sister Mary Lazarus
 1992 Sister Act
Mary Lazarus
 1989-1991 Father Dowling Mysteries (TV Series)
Marie Murkin / Maggie
- The Consulting Detective Mystery (1991) ... Marie Murkin
- The Malibu Mystery (1991) ... Marie Murkin
- The Hardboiled Mystery (1991) ... Marie Murkin / Maggie
- The Monkey Business Mystery (1991) ... Marie Murkin
- The Mummy's Curse Mystery (1991) ... Marie Murkin
 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 Fatal Confession: A Father Dowling Mystery (TV Movie)
Marie Murkin
 1987 You Can't Take It with You (TV Series)
Elizabeth Kirkbottom
- Like Mother, Like Son (1987) ... Elizabeth Kirkbottom
 1987 We Got It Made (TV Series)
Rose
- Hello, Dolly (1987) ... Rose
 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) ... Cassandra
 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
 1973-1974 Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (TV Series)
Aunt Zelda
- Mother Makes Ten (1974) ... Aunt Zelda
- Make Room for Big Daddy (1973) ... Aunt Zelda
- Puppy Love (1973) ... Aunt Zelda
- The Nasty Nephew (1973) ... Aunt Zelda
- Trick or Treat (1973) ... Aunt Zelda
 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 and Eva Gabor Are Hospital Roomies (1972) ... Nurse Ogilvy
- 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 The Man Who Came to Dinner (TV Movie)
Nurse Preen
 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
 1969-1971 Julia (TV Series)
Melba Chegley
- Anyone for Tenants? (1971) ... Melba Chegley
- Anniversary Faults (1971) ... Melba Chegley
- Swing Low, Sweet Charity (1971) ... Melba Chegley
- Toast Melba (1971) ... Melba Chegley
- Altar Ego (1970) ... Melba Chegley
 1970 Headmaster (TV Series)
Cynthia Fleming
- Old Man Moe Ain't Dead (1970) ... Cynthia Fleming
 1970 The Debbie Reynolds Show (TV Series)
Aunt Harriet
- Advice and Dissent (1970) ... Aunt Harriet
 1969 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (TV Series)
Molly
 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 Where Angels Go Trouble Follows!
Sister Clarissa
 1968 I Spy (TV Series)
Mildred
- Shana (1968) ... Mildred
 1967 Mrs. Thursday (TV Movie)
 1963-1967 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Aunt Gussie / Frances / Aunt Agatha / ...
- Lucy's Mystery Guest (1967) ... Aunt Agatha
- Lucy and Robert Goulet (1967) ... Miss Hurlow
- Lucy the Babysitter (1967) ... Mrs. Winslow
- Lucy and Clint Walker (1966) ... Aunt Gussie
- 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
 1964-1967 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Clara Appleby / Junior's Teacher / Ruby - San Fernando's Accomplice
- The Nag and I (1967) ... Clara Appleby
- Brats in Your Belfry (1965) ... Junior's Teacher
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Harem (1964) ... Ruby - San Fernando's Accomplice
 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
 1966 The Phyllis Diller Show (TV Series)
Amelia Pembroke
- Phyllis, the Upstairs Girl (1966) ... Amelia Pembroke
 1966 The Trouble with Angels
Sister Clarissa
 1965 The Decorator (TV Short)
Viola
 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
 1964 Dear Heart
Miss Fox
 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
 1959-1962 Dennis the Menace (TV Series)
Miss Esther Cathcart
- Jane Butterfield Says (1962) ... Miss Esther Cathcart
- You Go Your Way (1962) ... Miss Esther Cathcart
- Dennis' Obligation (1961) ... Miss Esther Cathcart
- Dennis' Tool Chest (1961) ... Miss Esther Cathcart
- Miss Cathcart's Friend (1961) ... Miss Esther Cathcart
 1962 The Music Man
Mrs. Squires
 1961-1962 The Gertrude Berg Show (TV Series)
Maxfield
- The Bird (1962) ... Maxfield
- Dad's Day (1962) ... Maxfield
- Gentleman Caller (1962) ... Maxfield
- Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight (1962) ... Maxfield
- One of Our Books Is Missing (1962) ... Maxfield
 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
- Autumn Crocus (1961) ... Edith Gunther
 1961 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series)
Edith Gunther
- Autumn Crocus (1961) ... Edith Gunther
 1961 The Sins of Rachel Cade
Marie Grieux
 1960 Cimarron
Mrs. Neal Hefner
 1960 Angel (TV Series)
- The Maid (1960)
 1960 Buick-Electra Playhouse (TV Series)
Nurse
 1960 The Gambler, the Nun and the Radio (TV Movie)
Nurse
 1960/I No Place Like Home (TV Movie)
Housekeeper
 1959 Startime (TV Series)
Myrtle
- Cindy's Fella (1959) ... Myrtle
 1959 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Sally Bearclaw
- Bat McKidderick (1959) ... Sally Bearclaw
 1959 It Happened to Jane
Matilda Runyon
 1958 Zorro (TV Series)
Dolores Bastinado
- The Well of Death (1958) ... Dolores Bastinado
- The Deadly Bolas (1958) ... Dolores Bastinado
- The Cross of the Andes (1958) ... Dolores Bastinado
 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 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 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Bankmouse (1956)
 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
- The Small Servant (1955) ... 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 Housekeeper
- Hooliganism (1955) ... Alice the Housekeeper
- Dr. Spatzen (1955) ... Alice the Housekeeper
- Maxwell's Comet (1955) ... Alice the Housekeeper
- The Voice of Ivy's Vine (1955) ... Alice the Housekeeper
- The Honor Student (1955) ... Alice the Housekeeper
 1954 Destry
Bessie Mae Curtis
 1954 White Christmas
Emma Allen
 1954 Ma and Pa Kettle at Home
Miss Wetter
 1954 Life with Father (TV Series)
Explorer from Africa
- Episode dated 24 January 1954 (1954) ... Explorer from Africa
 1948-1954 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Miss Hargreaves / Mary Poppins
- The Runaway (1954)
- Miss Hargreaves (1952) ... Miss Hargreaves
- Mary Poppins (1949) ... Mary Poppins
- The Storm (1948)
 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
 1951 On Moonlight Bay
Stella
 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 Anna Lucasta
Stella
 1949 Repertory Theatre (TV Series)
Amelia Coop
- Dark Hammock (1949) ... Amelia Coop
 1949 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Miss Preen
- The Man Who Came to Dinner (1949) ... Miss Preen
 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 (uncredited)
 1943 My Kingdom for a Cook
Agnes Willoughby
 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 Now, Voyager
Dora Pickford
 1942 Private Buckaroo
Bonnie-Belle Schlopkiss
 1942 Blondie's Blessed Event
Sarah Miller
 1942 The Man Who Came to Dinner
Miss Preen
 1939 Seeing Red (Short)
Mrs. Jones (uncredited)
 1938 Too Much Johnson
Mrs. Upton Battison
 1935 Watch the Birdie (Short)
Silent passenger in deck chair
 1934 Art Trouble (Short)
Woman sitting with Mr. Jones (uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Nancy Parker") in "Jackpot" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Music by Vernon Duke. Lyrics by Howard Dietz. Based on material by Guy Bolton, Sidney Sheldon and Ben Roberts. Musical Direction by Max Meth. Vocal arrangements by Clay Warnick. Music arranged by Hans Spialek, Robert Russell Bennett and Vernon Duke. ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Mary Wicks

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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I love playing good comedy with a heart, comedy which touches the audience. See more »

Trivia:

More than 30 years after a role that brought her fame on Broadway, she once again played the role of Nurse Preen ("Miss Bedpan") in a special TV version of The Man Who Came to Dinner (1972), with Orson Welles replacing the late Monty Woolley in the role of Sheridan Whiteside. See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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