Billie Bird

Highest Rated: 86% Sixteen Candles (1984)
Lowest Rated: 0% Jury Duty (1995)
Birthday: Feb 28, 1908
Birthplace: Not Available
A vaudeville and burlesque comedienne who went on to essay numerous film roles after being discovered at an orphanage at the age of eight, actress Billie Bird would later use her stage experience to entertain troops on 12 USO tours in the 1960s and '70s. Born Bird Berniece Sellen in Pocatello, ID, in February 1908, her chance discovery came when a traveling road show stopped to entertain the children at the orphanage in which she resided and immediately recognized her talent. Subsequently traveling with the troupe and studying with a tutor in her downtime, Bird went on to form a sister act and later appeared in such "light opera" works as Show Boat and New Moon. A move to Los Angeles in 1943 found Bird performing at such hot spots as Club Moderne and The Colony Club, and, from 1947 to 1955, she showed off her skills on the guitar, clarinet, vibraphone, and bagpipes in burlesque shows. Although Bird made her screen debut in the 1921 comedy Grass Widowers, it was the 1950s that found her edging away from the stage and toward television and film. Particularly active in movies in the '50s, Bird appeared in more than a dozen films, including Somebody Loves Me (1952) and The Joker Is Wild (1957). The actress remained relatively active in the '60s, as well, although her career slowed to a notable pace in the '70s with the exception of a featured role in the popular late-'70s sitcom Benson. However, her screen career later picked up momentum with such notable '80s comedies as Sixteen Candles (1984), One Crazy Summer (1986), and Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987), and Bird made a successful return to the world of sitcom television as an aged, but feisty, support-group member in Dear John. Roles in such films as Home Alone (1990) and Dennis the Menace (1993) followed. In 1995, she made her final screen appearance in the Pauly Shore comedy Jury Duty. Stricken with Alzheimer's disease in the '90s, Bird died in November 2002. She was 92.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
0% Jury Duty Rose 1995
28% Dennis the Menace Edith Butterwell 1993
No Score Yet The End of Innocence Mrs. Yabledablov 1990
65% Home Alone Woman at Airport 1990
0% Police Academy 6 - City Under Siege Mrs. Stanwyck 1989
36% Ernest Saves Christmas Mary Morrissey 1988
0% Police Academy 4 - Citizens on Patrol Mrs. Feldman 1987
25% Ratboy Psychic 1986
60% One Crazy Summer Grandma 1986
No Score Yet Help Wanted: Kids Bea 1986
86% Sixteen Candles Dorothy 1984
75% Max Dugan Returns Older Woman 1983
29% Young Doctors in Love Flower Girl 1982
25% Getting Straight Landlady 1970
No Score Yet Las Vegas Hillbillies Aunt Clementine 1966
No Score Yet The Cat Burglar Mrs. Prattle 1961
No Score Yet Too Soon to Love Mrs. Jefferson 1960
No Score Yet The Joker Is Wild Ticket Seller/Cashier 1957
No Score Yet Woman's World Woman in Bargain Basement 1954
No Score Yet The Mating Season Mugsy 1951
No Score Yet Darling, How Could You! Rosie 1951
No Score Yet Dallas School Teacher 1950

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Ruthie
  • 1992
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Lillian Guest
  • 1987
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
1984-1992
Tessie
  • 1987
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
Edna Ella
  • 1987
  • 1984
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
Polly
  • 1986
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
Ana Dix
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
Shirley
  • 1977

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