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Reta Shaw



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
76% Escape to Witch Mountain
  • Mrs. Grindley
1975
No Score Yet Murder Once Removed
  • Regis
1971
71% Husbands
  • Annie
1970
No Score Yet Made in Paris
  • American Bar Singer
1966
67% The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
  • Mrs. Halcyon Maxwell
1966
53% 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
83% 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

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