Mary Wickes Overview:

Character actress, Mary Wickes, was born Mary Isabelle Wickenhauser on Jun 13, 1910 in St. Louis, MO. Wickes died at the age of 85 on Oct 22, 1995 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Shiloh Valley Cemetery in Shiloh, IL.


Mary Wickes appeared in over 130 roles, playing lots of busybodies, nurses, housekeepers and nuns. Some of her notable roles were as Nurse Pickford in Now Voyager, Nurse Preen in The Man Who Came to Dinner and Sister Clarissa in The Trouble with Angels and Where Angels Go Trouble Follows -- and much later on in her career as Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act and Sister Act II.

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



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: I Know I’ve Seen That Face Before

on Aug 20, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film

The title of actress Mary Wicke’s biography is comic and tragically true; a woman whose face you remember, but have difficulty placing her.? When I started describing Wickes to my mother, she immediately believed that Wickes played Mrs. Kravitz on Bewitched.? I had to laugh as author Steve Tar... Read full article

Orson Welles, , and Too Much Johnson

By Brandie on Aug 7, 2013 From True Classics

You know how sometimes you read something, and then something tangentially related to what you’ve only recently finished reading pops up somewhere, and you think, “My, that’s an odd coincidence?” That was the feeling I had earlier when I caught sight of an?LA Times?article en... Read full article

Book Review: : I Know I’ve Seen That Face Before (2013)

By Brandie on Jul 23, 2013 From True Classics

: I Know I’ve Seen That Face Before Steve Taravella Release Date: June 1, 2013 University of Mississippi Press Hardcover, 370 pages Throughout a seven-decade career in show business, was a welcome and hilarious presence in hundreds of movies, television series and films,... Read full article

Mini Tribute:

By Annmarie Gatti on Jun 13, 2013 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born June 13, 1910 Character Actress ! Character Actress appeared in over 130 roles, playing lots of busybodies, nurses, housekeepers and nuns. Some of my favorite roles? Well there’s lots, but for a start: Nurse Pickford in Now Voyager, Nurse Preen in The M... Read full article

What a Character:

on Sep 23, 2012 From True Classics

By all accounts, did not start out her life with the intention to become an actress. She was a St. Louis debutante who attended college early, graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in political science with plans to attend law school–that is, until she ga... Read full article

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Mary Wickes Quotes:

Emma Allen: [Regarding the inn] This place used to be a grist mill and a barn. Now it's a Tyrolean haunted house.

Bob Wallace: Where's all the snow?
Emma Allen: We bring it indoors during the day!

Stella: [to the camera] Wesley is their second child. If he had been the first, there never would have been a second! Oh... You're probably wondering who I am. Well, don't be so nosy!

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Mary Wickes Facts
Perhaps remembered best as Nurse Preen, opposite a delightfully irascible Monty Woolley, in William Keighley's The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942) or, on TV, as Miss Cathcart in "Dennis the Menace" (1959) (1959-63).

Mary and Lucille Ball were neighbors and the closest of friends for decades.

She served as the live-action reference model for the villainous Cruella De Vil in Disney's animated feature 101 Dalmatians (1961).

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