Gloria Henry

Gloria Henry

  • Highest Rated: 100% Rancho Notorious (1952)
  • Lowest Rated: 40% For Love of Ivy (1968)
  • Birthday: Apr 2, 1923
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Actress Gloria Henry was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1923, and joined the roster of Columbia Pictures in the mid-1940s. She generally appeared in the studio's B-movie output, such as Sport of Kings (1947) and Rusty Saves A Life (1949), in the latter playing a key role in the plot. Her most widely seen screen work was in Fritz Lang's offbeat 1952 western Rancho Notorious -- her murder at the beginning of the movie propels the plot of the noir-ish western to its grim end. In 1958, Henry was chosen to play Alice Mitchell, the mother to Jay North's Dennis Mitchell in the sitcom Dennis The Menace, a role she portrayed until 1963 -- she worked opposite the slightly older Herbert Anderson, playing her husband Henry Mitchell. Although her lines were usually limited to expressions of joy or exasperation (TV moms were usually depicted in a simple way in those days . . . ), and all of the adults in the series were essentially second fiddle to North's Dennis and Joseph Kearns' Mr. Wilson, she did at least get to wear more attractive hair-styles and clothes as the series wore on. At the start of the 1960s, Henry also suggested to her gardener, a young man named Todd Armstrong, that he might consider doing a screen test for Columbia Pictures -- he agreed and she arranged it, and Armstrong ended up playing the hero in the classic Ray Harryhausen-produced fantasy film Jason And The Argonauts. Henry's own acting career resumed at a slower pace after the cancellation of Dennis The Menace, and she had pretty much retired by the 1970s.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Her Wicked Ways Katie 1991
No Score Yet Lethal Charm Katie 1990
No Score Yet Doin' Time on Planet Earth Mary Richmond 1988
92% The Landlord Gloria 1970
40% For Love of Ivy Cocktail Waitress 1968
100% Rancho Notorious Beth 1952
No Score Yet Al Jennings of Oklahoma Alice Calhoun 1951
No Score Yet Kill the Umpire Lucy Johnson 1950
No Score Yet Riders in the Sky Ann Lawson 1949
No Score Yet Miss Grant Takes Richmond Helen White 1949
No Score Yet Johnny Allegro Addie 1949
No Score Yet Feudin' Rhythm Actor 1949
No Score Yet The Strawberry Roan Connie Bailey 1948
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Ellen Curtiss 1947

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Doogie Howser, M.D.
1989-1993
Grandma Irene
  • 1990
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
1954-1960
Mildred
  • 1957
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Helene Chaney
  • 1957

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