Bibi Osterwald

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Bibi Osterwald
Born Margaret Virginia Osterwald
(1918-02-03)February 3, 1918
New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
Died January 2, 2002(2002-01-02) (aged 83)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1944-2002
Spouse(s) Justin Arndt (m. 1951–2002; her death)
Children Christopher Arndt, and 2 grandchildren

Bibi Osterwald (born Margaret Virginia Osterwald; February 3, 1918 – January 2, 2002) was an American character actress.

Life and career[edit]

Osterwald was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the daughter of Dagmar (Kvastad) and Rudolf August Osterwald, a hotel owner.[1]

As a student, Osterwald appeared in the Catholic University semi-pro revue in Washington, D.C. in August 1942. She starred in "Ten Nights in a Barroom" at the Willard Hotel for 8 weeks starting mid-August 1943. She then pursued a career on the New York stage. The Central Opera House [NYC], seating 2000, "introduced" Osterwald leading in "Broken Hearts of Broadway" in June 1944. "Miss Osterwald is on Broadway as one of the outstanding participants in 'Sing Out, Sweet Land.' What is more, next to stars Alfred Drake and Burl Ives, she has received the loudest praise of those critics who saw the play out of town. Its road tour Included Hartford, Boston and Philadelphia." -December 28, 1944.[citation needed] Osterwald went on to appear in such Broadway shows as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Bus Stop, and The Golden Apple, for which she won an Outer Critics Circle Award in 1953.[2]

Starting in the 1950s, Osterwald began to appear on television, and made many TV appearances from the 1950s through the end of the 1990s. She was best known for her television role of Stella O'Brien, the cranky housekeeper for the Hathaway family on the soap opera, Where the Heart Is in the 1970s and also as Mrs. Sophie Steinberg, the mother of David Birney and mother-in-law of Meredith Baxter on the short-lived comedy series, Bridget Loves Bernie. In 1982, she originated the role of Nanny McTavish, Holly Sutton's long-time confidante, on General Hospital. In the years just prior to her death in 2002, she was a voice actress for the cartoon series Rugrats.

She also appeared in several films, including Parrish (1961), The World of Henry Orient (1964) (in which she had a substantial role as Erica "Boothy" Booth), A Fine Madness (1966), Bank Shot (1974), Caddyshack II (1988) and As Good as It Gets (1997).


  1. ^ "Bibi Osterwald Biography (1920-)". Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bibi Osterwald, 83, Stage and TV Actress". The New York Times. 16 January 2002. 

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