Reta Shaw

Reta Shaw

Highest Rated: 100% Mary Poppins (1964)

Lowest Rated: 47% The Loved One (1965)

Birthday: Sep 13, 1912

Birthplace: Not Available

Formidable American character actress Reta Shaw was the daughter of a New England orchestra leader. Educated in virtually all forms of the arts except acting, Shaw took a series of musical and "civilian" jobs before appearing in her first play, the 1946 dud It Takes Two. She went on to character roles in such major Broadway musicals as Annie Get Your Gun and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Shaw was one of the few members of the original Broadway cast of Picnic to be invited to appear in the 1956 film version. The hefty Ms. Shaw was subsequently shown to good advantage as a pajama factory employee in the 1957 film musical The Pajama Game (again repeating her stage role), and in dozens of smaller but still showy roles, such as Mrs. Brill the maid in 1964's Mary Poppins. From 1968 through 1970, Reta Shaw was seen on a weekly basis as housekeeper Martha Grant on the TV sitcom version of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.

Highest Rated Movies



76% Escape to Witch Mountain Mrs. Grindley 1975
No Score Yet Murder Once Removed Regis 1971
67% Husbands Annie 1970
No Score Yet Made in Paris American Bar Singer 1966
67% The Ghost and Mr. Chicken Mrs. Halcyon Maxwell 1966
47% The Loved One Manager of The Zomba Cafe 1965
No Score Yet Marriage on the Rocks Saleslady at Saks 1965
No Score Yet That Funny Feeling Woman at Phone Booth 1965
100% Mary Poppins Mrs. Brill 1964
No Score Yet A Global Affair Nurse Argyle 1964
No Score Yet Bachelor in Paradise Mrs. Brown 1961
No Score Yet Sanctuary Miss Reba 1961
86% Pollyanna Tillie Lagerlof 1960
91% The Pajama Game Mabel 1957
No Score Yet All Mine to Give Mrs. Runyon 1956
57% Picnic Linda Sue Breckenridge 1955


No Score Yet The Odd Couple
Claire 1973
No Score Yet Bewitched
Aunt Hagatha Bertha Hagatha 1972
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
Finch 1968
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Miss Witherspoon 1967
No Score Yet The Monkees
No Score Yet Lost in Space
Guest Clara 1965
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
Miss McCracken 1965
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Eleanora Poultice Big Maude Tyler 1964
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Martha 1956


Tillie Lagerlof says: Get down my cake tins, Angie, we're going to work.

Angelica says: Doing what?

Tillie Lagerlof says: Think she's the Queen of Sheba, does she? Well, she can't stop us from helping out with that bizarre. We're going to bake cakes. Dozens and dozens of 'em.

Angelica says: Where you gonna get the ingredients?

Tillie Lagerlof says: Where do ya think? [grabs a sack of flour from the shelf]

Tillie Lagerlof says: Who's gonna marry her?!

Nancy Furman says: She means Doctor Chilton.

Angelica says: Ha! Fat chance. Who'd wanna marry old pickled-face Harrington?