Alice Nunn

Lowest Rated: 29% Who's That Girl? (1987)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
Alice Nunn was a character actress who enjoyed a 24-year career on-stage, in movies, and on television. Born in Jacksonville, FL, in 1927, she was bitten by the performing bug early in life; she was in school productions of such works as My Sister Eileen and attended the Wesleyan Conservatory and School of Fine Arts. Nunn later trained at the American Theater Wing and worked in radio as a continuity director before getting her break in New Faces of 1956. A singing comedienne who resembled a young Pert Kelton crossed with Sheila James, Nunn worked on-stage with Shelley Berman and Nancy Walker, and made her screen debut on television in episodes of Petticoat Junction. She later became a regular denizen of '60s sitcoms, playing comically strong-willed, often slightly belligerent women. Fans of 1960s sitcoms may remember her from Camp Runamuck as Mahala May Gruenecker, the head counselor of Camp Divine and the nemesis of series star Arch Johnson's Commander Wivenhoe; she was the perfect foil to Johnson's hulking macho boys camp leader, locking horns with him every week in much the same way that Margaret Rutherford had with Alastair Sim in the movie The Happiest Days of Your Life. Nunn's first feature film was Johnny Got His Gun (1971), in which she was one of the nurses. She was also a regular cast member of the Tony Orlando and Dawn variety show, but many of her film roles were bits, such as "Fat Lady" in Mame (1974) and "Passenger with Dog" in Airport 1975. She occasionally got bigger roles, such as the put-upon servant Helga in Mommie Dearest (1981), and is probably best remembered by 1980s filmgoers and Tim Burton fans for her portrayal of "Large Marge," the lady truck driver who frightens the hero in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985). If Nunn hadn't been so good at comedy, and exploiting the funny side of her imposing girth and presence, she might have been an older rival to Shirley Stoler, but it was not to be -- she died of heart failure in the summer of 1988, at age 60.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
67% Three O'Clock High Nurse Palmer 1987
29% Who's That Girl? Parole Member 1987
75% Trick or Treat Mrs. Cavell 1986
87% Pee-wee's Big Adventure Large Marge 1985
50% Dark Night of the Scarecrow Mrs. Bunch 1981
No Score Yet Callie & Son Mrs. Watkins 1981
50% Mommie Dearest Helga 1981
No Score Yet Delusion Actor 1981
No Score Yet The Fifth Floor Emma 1978
80% The Fury Mrs. Callahan 1978
No Score Yet Fangs Actor 1975
29% Mame Fat Lady 1974
67% Johnny Got His Gun Nurse 1971
No Score Yet The Steagle Mrs. Furst 1971

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Henrietta
  • 1987
No Score Yet WKRP in Cincinnati
1978-1982
Mrs. Needleman
  • 1980
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
Sybil
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Hilda
  • 1968

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