Mabel Albertson

Birthday: Jul 24, 1901
Birthplace: Not Available
No one played supercilious, judgmental mothers-in-law with as much enthusiasm as Mabel Albertson. The sister of comic actor Jack Albertson, Albertson made a few tentative stabs at a film career in the 1920s and 1930s, but chose instead to concentrate on stage work. Returning to Hollywood in 1953, she became a semi-regular on several television series, and also contributed sharply honed character performances in films like Home Before Dark (1958) (as Jean Simmons' disastrously well-meaning stepmother) and The Gazebo (1959) (as a garrulous real estate agent). She hit her stride in the 1960s playing the self-pitying mother and mother-in-law of such TV actors as Tom Ewell, Dick Van Dyke, and Bewitched's Dick York and Dick Sargent. Though the roles may have been stereotyped, she always managed to make them hilariously -- and sometimes disturbingly -- real. Mabel Albertson died of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 81.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
90% What's Up, Doc? Mrs. Van Hoskins 1972
No Score Yet The House That Would Not Die Mrs. McDougal 1970
100% On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Mrs. Hatch 1970
83% Barefoot in the Park Aunt Harriet 1967
No Score Yet A Fine Madness Chairwoman 1966
67% Period of Adjustment Mrs. Alice McGill 1962
No Score Yet All in a Night's Work Mrs. Kingsley Sr. 1961
No Score Yet All the Fine Young Cannibals Mrs. McDowall 1960
No Score Yet Don't Give Up the Ship Mrs. Trabert 1959
No Score Yet The Hangman Amy Hopkins 1959
No Score Yet The Gazebo Mrs. Chandler 1959
No Score Yet Home Before Dark Inez Winthrop 1958
88% The Long, Hot Summer Mrs. Stewart 1958
No Score Yet Ransom! Mrs. Partridge 1956
No Score Yet Forever, Darling Society Reporter 1956
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki Mrs. Andrews 1955
80% The Cobweb Regina Mitchell-Smythe 1955
No Score Yet Black Widow Sylvia 1954
No Score Yet About Mrs. Leslie Mrs. Sims 1954
No Score Yet So This Is Love Mary Garden 1953
No Score Yet She's Back on Broadway Velma Trumbull 1953
No Score Yet My Pal Gus Mrs. Frisbee 1952

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
Ethel
  • 1977
  • 1975
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Laura May Tomer
  • 1971
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Grandma Stephens Mother Phyllis Stephens Mrs. Stephens Phyllis
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Mrs. Sprague
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Mme. Adella
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Mrs. Grimes
  • 1966
  • 1965
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
Agnes
  • 1964
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Kate Gody
  • 1963
  • 1961
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Kalla
  • 1960
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Kate White
  • 1953

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