Florida Friebus

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Florida Friebus
Florida Friebus 1968.JPG
Friebus in 1968
Born (1909-10-10)October 10, 1909
Auburndale, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Died May 27, 1988(1988-05-27) (aged 78)
Laguna Niguel, Orange County
California
Cause of death
Cancer
Resting place
Cremation
Other names Florida Freebus
Florida Freibus
Occupation Actress, screenwriter
Years active 1929-1978

Florida Friebus (October 10, 1909 – May 27, 1988) was an American writer and actress of stage, film, and television. Friebus's best-known roles were Winifred "Winnie" Gillis, the sympathetic mother of Dwayne Hickman's character Dobie Gillis on the CBS sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and as Mrs. Lillian Bakerman on CBS's The Bob Newhart Show.

Early years[edit]

Born in Auburndale, Massachusetts, Friebus was the daughter of silent film actor Theodore Friebus and his wife, the former Beatrice Mosier. She was married once; the union ended in divorce. Some sources indicate a daughter was born from this marriage.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

She appeared on television in such programs as The Joseph Cotten Show, The Ford Theatre Hour, Perry Mason, Bachelor Father, Father Knows Best, Peyton Place, Ironside, Gunsmoke, Sanford and Son, Ben Casey, The Doris Day Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Room 222, The Partridge Family, Chico and the Man, Barnaby Jones, Rhoda, and Alice.

Death[edit]

Friebus died of cancer in 1988 at the age of seventy-eight.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1958 High School Confidential! Mrs. Staples Uncredited
1978 Jennifer Miss Tooker
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1950 Lights Out 1 episode
Escape 1 episode
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse 1 episode
1950–1951 The Philco Television Playhouse 2 episodes
1950–1953 Kraft Television Theatre 3 episodes
1953 Goodyear Television Playhouse 1 episode
1954 Lamp Unto My Feet 1 episode
1956 Hallmark Hall of Fame Karoline 1 episode
The Alcoa Hour Mrs. Franklin 1 episode
1957 The Joseph Cotten Show Helen Fogarty 1 episode
1957–1958 Bachelor Father Mrs. Banks
Mrs. Marquand
3 episodes
1958 Father Knows Best 1 episode
1959 Playhouse 90 1 episode
The Donna Reed Show Helen Brooks 1 episode
1959–1963 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Winifred Gillis 87 episodes
1960 The Chevy Mystery Show Lois Halsey 1 episode
1963 Perry Mason Marian Lamont 1 episode
1964 The New Phil Silvers Show Mrs. Bradshaw 1 episode
Peyton Place Maggie Riggs Unknown episodes
1965 My Mother the Car Miss McFee 1 episode
1966 This Is the Life 1 episode
Ben Casey 1 episode
1968 Ironside Middle-Aged Woman 1 episode
1971–1972 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mrs. Marshall
Nun
2 episodes
1972 Sanford and Son Woman 1 episode
Ghost Story Mrs. Prescott 1 episode
The Doris Day Show Miss Peabody 1 episode
Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law 1 episode
1972–1978 The Bob Newhart Show Mrs. Lillian Bakerman 17 episodes
1973 Room 222 1 episode
Cannon Julie McElroy 1 episode
Gunsmoke Mrs. Tavers 1 episode
The Partridge Family Mrs. Hendleman 1 episode
The Rookies Sister Elizabeth 1 episode
1973–1977 Barnaby Jones Molly McMurty
Connie Graham
2 episodes
1974–1978 Rhoda Various roles 3 episodes
1975 Chico and the Man Althea Nelson 1 episode
Miles to Go Before I Sleep Ruth Television movie
Love Nest Jenny Television movie
Kate McShane 1 episode
1976 Amelia Earhart Miss Perkins Television movie
Switch Fiona 2 episodes
1978 Kaz 1 episode
ABC Weekend Special Miss Kelly 1 episode

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