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McClurg at the 34th Annie Awards, February 2007
July 23, 1951 |
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Life and career 
McClurg was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She began her career with a role in the 1976 Brian De Palma horror film Carrie as Helen Shyres, one of Carrie's classmates. The following year, she was a member of the cast of The Richard Pryor Show. In 1980, she was a regular performer on The David Letterman Show in the persona of Mrs. Marv Mendenhall. She also had a role in Elvira's first motion picture, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, in which she plays the Town Council President Chastity Pariah who uses her uptight conservative views to convince the townsfolk to get rid of Elvira. She also had a minor role in Cheech & Chong's Next Movie.
Having been a member of the Groundlings, she worked with fellow Groundling player, Paul Reubens, aka Pee-Wee Herman, on his first play “The Pee Wee Herman Show." In 1981, McClurg starred as "Hermit Hattie" in Reuben's stage show The Pee-wee Herman Show. She has performed in nearly 90 movies and 55 TV episodes, usually typecast as a middle-aged, somewhat stubborn and dimwitted Midwesterner. 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; 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 of Cinderella. She appeared on several TV game shows, including Match Game, The $25,000 Pyramid, Password Plus and Super Password. She was in special celebrity episodes of Family Feud when Ray Combs was the host, playing on the FunnyWomen Team against the FunnyMen.
McClurg has also performed voice acting for animated shows. She contributed the voice of Fran the squirrel on "Higglytown Heroes" who acted as an almost nanny to the kids giving them advice and also guidance. She contributed assorted voices for The Jetsons, Ms. Seabottom in The Snorks, Louie Anderson's sweet mom on Life with Louie, Doctor Flora, the nurse of Ant Island and member of the council in A Bug's Life and Minny in the animated film Cars and the sequel Cars 2. She is the voice of Carlotta in The Little Mermaid and Miss Right (a female crow) in The Secret of NIMH. She voiced the storytelling Dragon in the Nightmare Ned video game. She is the voice of Barsa in the Disney dub of Kiki's Delivery Service. She is the voice of Fran the squirrel on Higglytown Heroes on The Disney Channel and as Mrs. Claus in Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen. She performed the voice of Grandma Taters in episodes of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, as well as the voice of Violet Stimpleton on Rocket Power. When her nephew Chris McClurg asked her to do a children's show, she also appeared on and Invader Zim episodes "Dark Harvest" and "Career Day". However she was voiced by Antoinette Spolar. She also appeared in an episode of "Roseanne" titled "Bingo" from the fourth season. She is also the voice of Bea's mother in Fish Hooks and Winnie Pig in Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation. She is also the voice of Bobby's Aunt Ruth in the 1990's cartoon series Bobby's World
One of her best known on-screen moments is her two-word reply to Steve Martin's ranting expletive-laden monologue in Planes, Trains & Automobiles. McClurg was also in an episode of the TV sitcom The Golden Girls, playing a nurse from Shady Pines that Sophia hated to see again. McClurg performed in an episode of Hannah Montana as Cindy Merriweather. On April 9, 2007, she made an appearance on the NBC show Thank God You're Here.
In 2011, McClurg became a regular guest on The Stephanie Miller Show. She appeared on the Monday segment, 'Mondays with McClurg.'
- Kassel, Michael B. (1993-06-15). America's Favorite Radio Station: Wkrp in Cincinnati. Popular Press. pp. 142–. ISBN 9780879725846. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
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