Ann Morgan Guilbert

Ann Morgan Guilbert

Highest Rated: 87% Please Give (2010)

Lowest Rated: 17% Grumpier Old Men (1995)

Birthday: Oct 16, 1928

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Ann Guilbert established herself in popular consciousness as one in a string of American television's loopy next-door neighbors, launching a remarkable career as journeyman character actor across the gamut of narrative media. Guilbert emerged from an itinerant early life to find her calling at Stanford University, where she also met her eventual husband and career catalyst George Eckstein, later a successful TV producer. Eckstein produced her Broadway debut, the musical variety show "The Billy Barnes Revue," before she began landing one-off TV roles. In 1961, she arrived in style with a plum job as Millie Helper, the archetypal suburban busybody neighbor of Rob and Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66). She would make a living in regional theater and as a TV guest-star, with occasional returns to sitcoms, such as "The New Andy Griffith Show" (CBS, 1971), "The Fanelli Boys" (NBC, 1990-91) and, through much of the 1990s, "The Nanny" (CBS, 1993-99), an extended stint in which she played Fran Drescher's loopy grandmother. In 2005, she returned to Broadway in "A Naked Girl on the Appian Way," which brought her to the attention of filmmaker Nicole Holofcener. The director gave her the scene-stealing role of a brazenly forthright nonagenarian neighbor in "Please Give" (2010), the critically lauded indie ensemble drama about the residents of a New York apartment building. Still remembered fondly for her place the other side of the Petries' picket fence in New Rochelle, Guilbert became the rare case of a working actress effecting dynamic, unique characters long into a storied career. Ann Morgan Guilbert died of pancreatic cancer on June 14, 2016. She was 87 years old.

Highest rated movies

Please Give
Sour Grapes
Grumpier Old Men

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
87% 64% Please Give Andra (Character) $4.0M 2010
27% 37% Sour Grapes Mrs. Drier (Character) $260.2K 1998
17% 62% Grumpier Old Men Ariel Gustafson (Character) $70.5M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rangers Unknown (Character) - 1974

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 87% Life in Pieces GiGi (Guest Star) 2016
85% 88% Modern Family Grams (Guest Star) 2013
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Church Lady (Guest Star) 2007
92% 95% Curb Your Enthusiasm Lenore (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 80% The Nanny Yetta Rosenberg (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1994-1999
89% 93% Seinfeld Evelyn (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1991 1996
82% No Score Yet Picket Fences Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fanelli Boys Theresa Fanelli (Character) 1990-1991
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
89% No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet 100% Barney Miller Ms. Swallock (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet 50% The Partridge Family Mrs. Bruner (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet 100% I Dream of Jeannie Thelma Crawford (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet 90% The Andy Griffith Show Ella (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning World Harriet Hatfield (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet 100% The Dick Van Dyke Show Millie Helper (Character) 1961-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1961