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Job Actress
Years active 1928-1975
Known for Domineering mother-in-laws, interferring moms, neurotic, supercilious, haughty; Darrin Stephen's mom on TV's Bewitched
Top Roles Mrs. Partridge, Mrs. Alice McGill, Chairwoman, Society Reporter, Elizabeth Stewart
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Musical, Film Adaptation, Crime
Top TopicsBased on Play, Romance (Comic), Book-Based
Top Collaborators , (Producer), (Producer),
Shares birthday with Chief Dan George, Basil Ruysdael, Frank Silvera  see more..

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Mabel Albertson Overview:

Character actress, Mabel Albertson, was born on Jul 24, 1901 in Lynn, MA. Albertson appeared in over 90 film and TV roles. Her best known films include Barefoot in the Park, The Long Hot Summer, Home Before Dark, Don't Give Up the Ship, Period of Adjustment, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and What's Up, Doc? Anderson is probably best known for her role as Darrin Stephen's neurotic mom on TV's Bewitched. She also played Donald Hollinger's mother on That Girl, and Howard Sprague's mother on The Andy Griffith Show. Albertson died at the age of 81 on Sep 28, 1982 in Santa Monica, CA and was cremated and her ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean.


Mabel Albertson studied acting at the New England School of Speech and Expression. She started her acting career in vaudeville in the 1920s, then moved on to radio and stage work in the 1930s and 1940s. In the 1950s, she successfully broke into TV and films, making a name for herself playing the quintessential domineering mother-in-law and interfering mom.

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).


Mabel Anderson is the sister of character actor, Jack Albertson, who is probably best known for his role as Ed Brown in the TV series, Chico and the Man (1974-1978).



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Often erroneously described as a sister of actor Frank Albertson. Mabel Albertson and her actor brother Jack Albertson were born and raised in Massachusetts to Russian immigrants. Their mother's maiden name was Kraft. Frank Albertson was a native of Minnesota, raised there and in Washington, by parents of Irish heritage. His mother's maiden name was Healy.

Her first husband Harold Austin Ripley (Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT, 1908 - 1987) was the son of William Chauncey Ripley (b. Montague, Franklin Co., MA, 1879) and wife Ella May (b. 1882). They had a daughter Patricia Ripley, married, and a son George Howe Ripley.

Born in Essex Co. and died in Los Angeles Co., daughter of Russian Jewish immigrant parents Leopold Albertson, a shoemaker born in Russia on 14 May 1880, and wife (married in Boston, Suffolk Co., MA, 25 Dec 1900) Flora Kraft, born in Russia on 25 Dec 1879 and died in Los Angeles Co., CA, 30 Jun 1955, who married secondly in Lynn, Essex Co., MA, 1 June 1910 Alexander Eliss Ehrlich, a barber born in Russia 5 Aug 1884 and died in Los Angeles Co., CA, 26 Jan 1973.

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