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Mabel Albertson



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
87% 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 She's Back on Broadway
  • Velma Trumbull
1953
No Score Yet So This Is Love
  • Mary Garden
1953

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