Edie McClurg

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Edie McClurg
Annie Awards Edie McClurg.jpg
McClurg at the 34th Annie Awards, February 2007
Born (1951-07-23) July 23, 1951 (age 63)
Kansas City, Missouri, US
Occupation Actress
Years active 1976—present

Edie McClurg (born July 23, 1951) is an American character actress. She is known for her perky North Central dialect (or Upper Midwest accent), common to persons from Middle America. She has performed in nearly 90 movies and 55 TV episodes.

Early life[edit]

McClurg was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended the University of Missouri Kansas City and she earned a master's degree from Syracuse University.[1]

She worked as a newswriter and documentary producer for KCUR-FM, a National Public Radio affiliate.[1]

Career as performer[edit]

McClurg's onscreen debut was as Helen Shyres, one of Carrie's classmates and tormentors, in the 1976 Brian De Palma horror film Carrie. She was a comedy regular on the Tony Orlando and Dawn variety show (1976–1977), and then a cast member of two situation comedies in 1977, the short-lived The Kallikaks and The Richard Pryor Show. In 1980, she regularly performed on The David Letterman Show morning show[1] as Mrs. Marv Mendenhall. She appeared in Elvira, Mistress of the Dark as Town Council President Chastity Pariah.

Having been a member San Francisco's improv comedy, the Pitcshel Players, she moved to Los Angeles and joined the Groundlings troupe.[2] She worked with fellow Groundling player, Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman, on his first play The Pee Wee Herman Show, in which she appeared in 1981 as "Hermit Hattie". She has performed in nearly 90 movies and 55 TV episodes, usually typecast as a middle-aged, somewhat stubborn and dimwitted Midwesterner. Director John Hughes enjoyed casting her; she appears in four of his feature films.[1]

McClurg is known for a number of roles, including Mrs. Burns in A River Runs Through It; Mr. Rooney's secretary Grace in Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Lucille Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati;[3] Lynn in She's Having a Baby; perky PTA member (and ally of Stella Johnson) Willamae Jones in the television remake of Harper Valley PTA; motherly and very friendly next-door neighbor Mrs. Patty Poole on The Hogan Family; nosy next-door neighbor Bonnie Brindle on Small Wonder; the car-rental agent whom Steve Martin berates in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Mrs. Violet Bleakman on Clifford the Big Red Dog; and as Mrs. Beeker on the long-running family drama 7th Heaven. McClurg guest starred as Barri's mother in a January 2007 episode of Campus Ladies.

She performed as one of the wicked stepsisters in the Faerie Tale Theatre production "Cinderella". She appeared on several TV game shows, including Match Game, The $25,000 Pyramid, Password Plus, and Super Password.

She contributed assorted voices for The Jetsons, The Snorks, Life with Louie, A Bug's Life, Cars, and Cars 2. She voiced Carlotta in The Little Mermaid, Mary (a Nicelander in Fix-It Felix Jr.) in Wreck-It Ralph, Miss Right (a female crow) in The Secret of NIMH, the Dragon in the Nightmare Ned video game, Barsa in Kiki's Delivery Service, Fran the squirrel on Higglytown Heroes, Mrs. Claus in Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen, Grandma Taters in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Violet Stimpleton in Rocket Power, Bea's mother in Fish Hooks, Winnie Pig in Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, Aunt Ruth in the 1990s cartoon series Bobby's World, and Trudi Traveler in an episode of Wander Over Yonder.

McClurg was also in an episode of the TV sitcom The Golden Girls, playing a nurse from Shady Pines, nicknamed "Angel of Death", whom Sophia hated to see again. Eventually, the two bond, to Dorothy's surprise. She appeared in an episode of Hannah Montana as Cindy Merriweather. Continuing her love of performing improvisational comedy, she is a player with Spolin Players,[2] and on April 9, 2007, she made an appearance on the NBC improv show Thank God You're Here.


  1. ^ a b c d "Edie McClurg Biography: About Edie McClurg". Yahoo Movies. Yahoo. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Dunn, Gabrielle (10 June 2011). "Edie (GRACE!) McClurg Talks 'Ferris Bueller''s 25th Anniversary, On-Set Friendships and John Hughes' Genius". Moviefone (AOL). Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Kassel, Michael B. (1993-06-15). America's Favorite Radio Station: WKRP in Cincinnati. Popular Press. pp. 142–. ISBN 9780879725846. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 

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