Mary Gross

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Mary Gross
Born Mary Margaret Gross
(1953-03-25) March 25, 1953 (age 61)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedian

Mary Margaret Gross (born March 25, 1953) is an American comedian and actress, perhaps best known for her four-year stint on Saturday Night Live from 1981 to 1985. Her credits also include minor roles on Animaniacs, Boston Legal, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Gross's trademark is her soft, treacly voice.

Early life[edit]

Gross was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Virginia Ruth (née Cahill), a telephone operator, and William Oscar Gross, a tool designer.[1][2] She is the younger sister of Michael Gross, who was in the 1980s sitcom Family Ties.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

She is an alumna of the Second City comedy troupe.

Saturday Night Live (1981–1985)[edit]

Gross joined SNL in 1981, during the show's 7th season following the show's disastrous sixth season, when the show was almost canceled.[3] Gross became co-anchor of SNL's Weekend Update segment during her first season.

Gross left in 1985 along with the rest of the cast, following executive producer Dick Ebersol's departure from the show.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Alfalfa, from SNL '​s recurring parody of The Little Rascals and assassin in the murder of Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat character.[4]
  • Siobhan Cahill, an Irish woman who reports on Irish events on Saturday Night News (Weekend Update's name when Brad Hall was cast as anchor). Coincidentally, in the 1990s, SNL would have two short-lived castmembers who have a piece of this recurring character's name (Siobhan Fallon and Beth Cahill).[5]
  • Chi Chi, a Hispanic woman who hosts two fake public-access television cable TV shows (The Ghostbusters Show and Let's Watch TV) with her best friend, Consuela (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus)[6]
  • Celeste, a repressed wife married to an equally repressed man (played by Tim Kazurinsky)[7]
  • Patricia Patterson (Miss Patterson, Pushover Patterson, Pushover Patty, or Pushover Pat-leftie), is a scary babysitter who lives in San Francisco. Every child she babysat knew she was a pushover and 'pushed her around'. In the chapter "Cake Fear" in That's So Raven, she wants to revenge for a breach of trust made by Raven and Cory.

Celebrity impersonations[edit]

Movies[edit]

Television[edit]

In late 2008, she assumed the short-term role of Aunt Raylene on the ABC daytime soap General Hospital.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Charles Rocket
Weekend Update Anchor
with Brian Doyle-Murray

1981
Succeeded by
Brian Doyle-Murray as solo anchor