January 28, 1906|
|Died||June 17, 1991
New York, New York
|Other names||Rose Ross|
|Notable work||The Phil Silvers Show (56–59)
Car 54, Where Are You? (61–63)
Mother's Day (1980)
|Spouse(s)||David Ross (19??–1975; his death); 1 child|
Beatrice Pons (January 28, 1906 – June 17, 1991) was an American stage, television and film character actress. She is best known for her recurring television roles on The Phil Silvers Show and Car 54, Where Are You? She appeared as "Mother" in the independent cult horror film Mother's Day under the name Rose Ross.
Life and career
Pons' first television appearance was on the NBC anthology series Goodyear Television Playhouse. She may be best-remembered for her recurring roles as Mrs. Emma Ritzik on the television sitcom The Phil Silvers Show and as Lucille Toody on the sitcom Car 54, Where Are You?, with her husband in both series played by veteran comedic actor Joe E. Ross. She also made appearances on the long-running American radio-turned-television series The Goldbergs, The United States Steel Hour, and the CBS prime time drama The Nurses.
In her later years, Pons began appearing in films. In 1964 she made her film debut in the comedy Diary of a Bachelor. In 1980 she played the role of "Mother" in the cult-classic horror film Mother's Day, in which she chose to be credited as Rose Ross (her real-life husband's surname was Ross). Her later film credits include Rachel, Rachel and Forever, Lulu.
Pons was married to radio personality David Ross (born David Rosenthal; July 7, 1891 – died November 12, 1975), by whom she had a son, Jonathan.
|1964||Diary of a Bachelor||Thelma|
|1980||Mother's Day||Mother||credited as Rose Ross|
|1984||Rent Control||Leonard's mother|
|1987||Forever, Lulu||Fortune Teller|
|1952||Goodyear Television Playhouse||episode: "The Twenty-Third Mission"|
|1956||The Goldbergs||Head nurse||episode: "Nurse's Aide"|
|1958||The United States Steel Hour||Danka||episode: "Top Secret Mission"|
|1956–1959||The Phil Silvers Show||Mrs. Emma Ritzik||recurring role; 11 episodes|
|1959||Keep in Step||Mrs. Emma Ritzik||TV Movie|
|1961–1963||Car 54, Where Are You?||Lucille Toody||recurring role; 21 episodes|
|1964||The Nurses||Mrs. Radnitz||episode: "So Some Girls Play the Cello", other title: The Doctors and the Nurses|
- "Beatrice Pons Ross". findagrave.com. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
- Profile, death-records.mooseroots.com; accessed July 22, 2015.
- "TRAUMA-MOMMAS: 10 most Horrifying Movie Moms". kindertrauma.com. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
- "Interview With Mother's Day Actress Nancy Hendrickson" by John Klyza • August 12, 2009 "Btw, Rose Ross was actually Beatrice Pons who played the cook's wife on the 50′s TV series, “Sgt. Bilko”, starring Phil Silvers. She was also a regular [as] Officer Toody's wife) on the 1960′s show “Car 54, Where Are You?” Since she's passed away now and the statute of limitations is up, I think her true identity can be revealed without getting her in any trouble with the Screen Actors Guild."
- New York Times obituary, Friday, November 14, 1975 "DAVID ROSS DIES; POET-ANNOUNCER; Radio Personality, 84 ... Surviving are his wife, the former Beatrice Pons, an actress; a son, Jonathan ... and two children by a prior marriage, David Ross Jr. and Helen Webber; died Wednesday of a heart attack at Lenox Hill Hospital. He was 84 years old and lived at 829 Park Avenue. (subscription required)