Katherine MacGregor

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Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor
Born Dorlee Deane MacGregor
(1925-01-12) January 12, 1925 (age 89)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Other names Katherine MacGregor
Scotty MacGregor
Scottie MacGregor
Occupation Actress
Years active 1951-1983

Katherine "Scottie" MacGregor (born January 12, 1925 in Glendale, California) is an American television actress.[1] As a child, her mother moved them to Denver Colorado, where she lived until she moved to New York as a young adult. In the 1940s she was hired by the Arthur Murray Dance Studios in New York City as a dance instructor. She is best known for her comic performance as Harriet Oleson from 1974 to 1983 on the NBC television series Little House on the Prairie.[2]

Mrs. Oleson was at the same time both onerous and endearing to children and adults alike, as audiences watched her character practice self-aggrandizement, usually to her own detriment. MacGregor was able to infuse both pathos as well as depth into her characterization of Mrs. Oleson. MacGregor's favourite description of her character in Little House came in a fan letter from Minnesota in the 1970s, in which Mrs. Oleson was described as "the touch of pepper in the sweetness of the show". In 1979, thanks to the popularity of Little House MacGregor was invited to appear on Spanish Television's 625 Lineas program. After Little House on the Prairie, MacGregor withdrew from screen productions in favor of local theater. She also dedicated herself to her Hindu religion, and to teaching acting to children at the Wee Hollywood Vedanta Players.

Beginning in the 1950s, MacGregor worked in theatre on and off Broadway, and earned the uncredited part of 'a longshoreman's mother' in Elia Kazan's film, On the Waterfront (1954), starring Marlon Brando, the uncredited part of Alice Thorn in The Traveling Executioner (1970), and the part of Miss Boswell in The Student Nurses (1970). MacGregor also appeared in numerous episodes of various television series, Love of Life (1956), Play of the Week (1959), East Side/West Side (1963), Mannix (1970 & 1971), Emergency! (1972), Ironside (1972 & 1974), and All In the Family (1973), as well as the two 1981 "Heroes vs. Villains" episodes of Family Feud hosted by Richard Dawson. She also had roles in the TV movies, The Death of Me Yet (1971) (Nora Queen), The Girls of Huntington House (1973) (Rose Beckwith), and Tell Me Where It Hurts (1974) (Marge).

She was briefly married to actor Bert Remsen, one month her junior, in 1949-50, and to actor, director and teacher Edward G. Kaye-Martin, 14 years her junior, from August 1969 to October 1970.


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