Minerva Urecal in trailer for "7 Faces of Dr. Lao" (1964)
September 22, 1894
Eureka, California, U.S.
||February 26, 1966
Glendale, California, U.S.
|Cause of death
||Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, California
||Radio, stage, film, and television actress
Minerva Urecal (September 22, 1894 – February 26, 1966) was an American actress
Life and career
Born as Minerva Holzer, Urecal was originally a radio and stage performer. She made her film debut in 1933. She played largely uncredited roles, such as secretaries, laundresses and frontierswomen. She began working in television in the 1950s, favoring westerns. She guest starred on CBS's My Friend Flicka and the syndicated The Range Rider. She had a recurring role in the 1953/54 CBS situation comedy Meet Mr. McNutley in the role of the dean of a women's college.
In 1957, Urecal had her only starring television role on the syndicated The Adventures of Tugboat Annie, playing the role originated by Marie Dressler in Tugboat Annie (1933) and continued by Marjorie Rambeau and Jane Darwell in two movie sequels. Later that year, Urecal appeared as a landlady in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse". For the 1959/60 season, she took over the role of "Mother" on Peter Gunn for Craig Stevens. In 1965. she made a second appearance on Perry Mason, this time as Martha Glenhorn in "The Case of the Lover's Gamble". She also appeared on the Walter Brennan ABC sitcom The Real McCoys in the 1960 episode "The Gigolo". She was cast as a maid in the 1961 episode "Call Me Mother" of the CBS sitcom Angel, starring Annie Fargé. Her final television appearances were in 1965/66 on CBS's Petticoat Junction.
Never married, she died in 1966 from a heart attack in Glendale, California, aged 71.