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Edie McClurg
McClurg at the 34th Annie Awards, 2007
Born (1945-07-23) July 23, 1945 (age 79)
Alma materUniversity of Missouri Kansas City (B.A.)
Syracuse University (M.S.)
  • Actress
  • comedian
Years active1976–2022
RelativesAngelique Cabral (first cousin once removed)

Edie McClurg (born July 23, 1945)[1] is an American actress and comedian. She has played supporting roles in the films Air Bud: Spikes Back (2003), Carrie (1976), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), and Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988), and bit parts in Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980), Mr. Mom (1983) Back to School (1986), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), A River Runs Through It (1992), Natural Born Killers (1994), and Flubber (1997).

On television, McClurg regularly performed on The David Letterman Show, before playing Bonnie Brindle in Small Wonder (1985–1987) and Mrs. Patty Poole on The Hogan Family (1986–1991). As a one-off character, she appeared in Alice, Mr. Belvedere, Roseanne, Full House, Seinfeld, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Malcolm in the Middle, Hannah Montana, Crashbox, and Portlandia. She has also appeared in numerous commercials.

As a voice actress, she played in The Secret of NIMH (1982), The Little Mermaid (1989), A Bug's Life (1998), the first two films of the Cars franchise (2006-2011), and Wreck-It Ralph (2012), as well as in Snorks (1984–1988), Life with Louie (1995–1998), and Violet Bleakman in Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000–2003).

Early life and education


McClurg was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, to Mac, a mailman, and Irene McClurg,[2] an FAA secretary. She had an older brother, Bob, who was an actor and comedian. She attended the University of Missouri–Kansas City in the mid-1960s where she got her BA in 1967 and where she also taught radio for eight years.[3] She earned a master's degree from Syracuse University in 1970.[4]

At the University of Missouri–Kansas City, McClurg re-entered the entertainment field as a DJ, newswoman, and producer for the NPR affiliate KCUR-FM. There she portrayed John Ehrlichman in Conversation 26 of NPR's national broadcast of the Nixon Tape transcript.[3]



Having been a member of San Francisco's improv comedy the Pitcshel Players, she moved to Los Angeles and joined the Groundlings troupe.[5] She worked with fellow Groundling player Paul Reubens on his first play The Pee-wee Herman Show, in which she appeared in 1981 as "Hermit Hattie". She also appeared in the 1988 film Elvira: Mistress of the Dark with fellow Groundling player Cassandra Peterson, who appeared as her alter ego Elvira.[citation needed]

Early roles


McClurg's screen debut was as Helen Shyres in Brian De Palma's 1976 horror film Carrie starring Sissy Spacek. She was a comedy regular on the Tony Orlando and Dawn variety show (1976–1977) and then a cast member of The Kallikaks and The Richard Pryor Show. In 1980, McClurg regularly performed on The David Letterman Show[6] as Mrs. Marv Mendenhall. She went on to appear in almost 90 films and 55 television episodes, usually typecast as a middle-aged, somewhat stubborn, and dim-witted Midwesterner.[6]



On television, she played Lucille Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati,[7] Willamae Jones in the television remake of Harper Valley PTA, Mrs. Patty Poole on The Hogan Family (originally "Valerie"), Bonnie Brindle on Small Wonder, and Mrs. Beeker on 7th Heaven.

McClurg had numerous appearances on other television programs. She portrayed one of the wicked stepsisters in the Faerie Tale Theatre television production Cinderella. She portrayed a nurse nicknamed "Angel of Death" in an episode of The Golden Girls. She guest-starred in episodes of Alice, The Jeffersons, Diff'rent Strokes, Mr. Belvedere, Roseanne, Full House, Seinfeld, Melrose Place, Touched by an Angel, Married... with Children, Caroline in the City, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Malcolm in the Middle, Portlandia, Rules of Engagement, and Two and a Half Men among others. She appeared in an episode of Hannah Montana as Cindy Merriweather. She guest starred as Barri's mother in an episode of Campus Ladies. McClurg also appeared on several game shows, including Match Game, The $25,000 Pyramid, Password Plus, and Super Password, and appeared in numerous commercials.



McClurg also played in a number of films including Helen Shyres in Carrie (1976), Gloria's Mom in Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980), the check out lady in Mr. Mom (1983), Grace in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Marge Sweetwater in Back to School (1986), the car rental agent in Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), Lynn in She's Having a Baby (1988), a secretary in Curly Sue (1991), Mrs. Burns in A River Runs Through It (1992), Heather Wilson in Natural Born Killers (1994), Martha George in Flubber (1997), Esther in Hanging Up (2000), and Mrs. Gertrude in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003).



McClurg is also known for a number of animated roles. She voiced Miss Right in The Secret of NIMH (1982), Barsa in Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), Carlotta in The Little Mermaid (1989), a nurse in The Rugrats Movie (1998), Dr. Flora in A Bug's Life (1998), Molly in Home on the Range (2004), Minny in Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011), Mary in Wreck-It Ralph (2012), and Gerda in Frozen (2013). She also voiced the offscreen "Polite Female Voice" in the Revolting Slob segments on Crashbox, Fran on Higglytown Heroes, the Dragon in the Nightmare Ned video game, Mrs. Claus in Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen, Grandma Taters in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Violet Stimpleton in Rocket Power, Bea's mother in Fish Hooks, Winnie Pig in Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, Mrs. Violet Bleakman on Clifford the Big Red Dog, Bobby's teacher in Bobby's World, and Trudi Traveler in an episode of Wander Over Yonder. McClurg contributed assorted voices for The Jetsons, The Snorks and Life with Louie.

Other Roles


Continuing her passion for performing improvised comedy, McClurg became a player with Spolin Players.[5] On April 9, 2007, she made an appearance on Thank God You're Here.

In 2020, she made a cameo in the Family Guy episode "Holly Bibble" in a spoof of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. She appeared as 'Grace', personal assistant to [Carter as] Pontius Pilate. Immediately following the delivery of her lines, was the following acknowledgment by Carter/Pontius' character, "Wasn't that cool? That was really her! Edie McClurg. Thanks Edie!".

Personal life


In 2019, TMZ reported that family and friends of McClurg filed court documents requesting a conservatorship to manage her affairs. They said neurological tests provide evidence that McClurg is unable to live alone without assistance and is "especially vulnerable to undue influence, given her poor judgment and evident dementia".[8] TMZ further reported that a conservator, McClurg's cousin, Angelique Cabral, had been appointed.[9]

In August 2022, the lawyer for the conservatorship filed court documents alleging that McClurg had been abused by a man who had befriended her, moved into her home, and become a court-approved caregiver. The documents allege the man sexually assaulted her and a police report had been filed with the LAPD. They further allege that the man tried to remove her from the state to marry her. The judge for the conservatorship granted an order of protection at hearings in September 2022.[10][9][needs update]




Year Title Role Notes
1976 Carrie Helen Shyres Film debut
1977 Cracking Up
1980 Cheech & Chong's Next Movie Gloria's Mom
Oh, God! Book II Mr. Benson's Secretary
1982 Eating Raoul Susan
Pandemonium Blue's Mom
The Secret of NIMH Miss Right Voice[11]
1983 Mr. Mom Check Out Lady
1984 Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers The Queen
1986 The Longshot Donna
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Grace
Back to School Marge Sweetwater
1987 Planes, Trains and Automobiles Car Rental Agent
1988 She's Having a Baby Lynn
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark Chastity Pariah
1989 Kiki's Delivery Service Barsa Voice, 1998 Disney English dub[11]
The Little Mermaid Carlotta Voice[11]
1991 Curly Sue Secretary
1992 Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation Winnie Pig Voice, direct-to-video[11]
A River Runs Through It Mrs. Burns
1993 Stepmonster Dr. Emmerson Direct-to-video
Airborne Irene Metzner
1994 Natural Born Killers Mrs. Heather Wilson
1995 Under the Hula Moon Dolly
1996 Carpool Mrs. Laszlo Voice
1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning Librarian
Flubber Martha George
1998 Ted Mother
Holy Man Laundry Lady #2
The Rugrats Movie Nurse Voice[11]
A Bug's Life Dr. Flora Voice[11]
1999 Can't Stop Dancing Beverly McGuire
The Manor Mrs. Ellen French Based on the play Ravenscroft
My Neighbors the Yamadas Noboru's teacher Voice, Disney English dub
2000 Hanging Up Esther
Meeting Daddy Dot
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Carlotta Voice, direct-to-video[11]
2002 Van Wilder Campus Tour Guide
Changing Hearts Nurse Rollins
The Master of Disguise Mother Disguisey
Now You Know Pat
2003 Air Bud: Spikes Back Gram Gram Direct-to-video
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Mrs. Gertrude
Fish Without a Bicycle Greta
2004 To Kill a Mockumentary Estelle Direct-to-video
Home on the Range Mollie the pig Voice
Breaking Dawn Nurse Olivia
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas Santa's Workshop Announcer Voice, direct-to-video
2006 Cars Minny Voice[11]
Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! Peggy Jones, Sea Salt Sally Voice, direct-to-video[11]
2007 Simple Things Maggie Perkins
2009 Fired Up! Ms. Tanya Klingerhoff
2010 Holyman Undercover Martha
2011 Cars 2 Minny Voice[11]
2012 Foodfight! Mrs. Butterworth Voice[11]
Wreck-It Ralph Mary Voice[11]
2013 Frozen Gerda Voice[11]
2014 A Long Way Off Mrs. Evelyn Grey
2016 Theresa Is a Mother Cloris McDermott
Zootopia ADR Group Voice, uncredited
2022 Eyes Upon Waking Nurse Jane[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Tony Orlando and Dawn Regular
1977 The Kallikaks Venus Kallikak 5 episodes
The Richard Pryor Show Various roles 4 episodes (including 2 uncredited)
1978 ABC Afterschool Special Esther Greene Episode: "A Home Run for Love"
1979 Hello, Larry Episode: "The Trip"
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Unknown episodes
1979–1980 WKRP in Cincinnati Lucille Tarlek 3 episodes
1981 Harper Valley PTA Willamae Jones 12 episodes
The Incredible Hulk Sister Mary Catherine Episode: "Sanctuary"
1982 Alice Imogene Episode: "Sharples vs. Sharples"
American Playhouse Switchboard Operator Episode: "Working"
No Soap, Radio Marion 5 episodes
Madame's Place Solaria 6 episodes
The Jeffersons Audrey Blume Episode: "Death Smiles on a Dry Cleaner"
1983 The Lost Satellite Various roles Unknown episodes
The Dukes 13 episodes
We Got It Made Louise Episode: "Am I Blue?"
1984 Snorks Mrs. Seabottom, Tara Seaworthy Voice, unknown episodes
1979–1984 Diff'rent Strokes Betty 2 episodes
1984 Trapper John, M.D. Kathleen Wheeler Episode: "Promises, Promises"
1985 The Jeffersons Woman on TV Episode: "And Up We Go"
Faerie Tale Theatre Bertha Episode: "Cinderella"
The Jetsons Episode: "Elroy in Wonderland"
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo Telula, Selma Voice, 2 episodes
1986 Moonlighting Beauty Salon Customer Episode: "Camille"
Together We Stand Fannie Episode: "Pilot"
Mr. Belvedere Penny Nichols Episode: "Reunion"
1985–1987 Small Wonder Bonnie Brindle 12 episodes
1990 Timeless Tales from Hallmark Mathilda Voice, episode: "The Emperor's New Clothes"
Gravedale High Unknown episode(s)
1986–1991 Valerie/The Hogan Family Mrs. Patty Poole 88 episodes
1991 Darkwing Duck Episode: "Trading Faces"
The Golden Girls Nurse DeFarge Episode: "Beauty and the Beast"
The New WKRP in Cincinnati Lucille Tarlek Episode: "Lotto Fever"
1992 Roseanne Harriet Episode: "Bingo"
Dinosaurs Shopper Voice, episode: "Power Erupts"
1991–1992 Drexell's Class Principal Marilyn Ridge 17 episodes
1992 Goof Troop Jea Voice, episode: "Meanwhile, Back at the Ramp"
Full House Jungle Jenny Episode: "Radio Days"
1990–1992 Tom & Jerry Kids Various roles Voice, 2 episodes
1991–1992 Tiny Toon Adventures Winnie Pig Voice, 2 episodes[11]
1993 Seinfeld Mrs. Oliver Episode: "The Old Man"
1990–1993 Bobby's World Aunt Ruth Generic Voice, 5 episodes
1992–1993 The Addams Family Mrs. Normanmeyer Voice, 11 episodes[11]
1993 Problem Child Unknown episode(s)
Getting By Lilah Episode: "The Pit Stop"
1994 Monty God Episode: "Death in Plain View"
The Mommies Nurse Judy Episode: "Bringing Home Baby"
Adventures in Wonderland The Eye Doctor Episode: "Those Tusks, Those Eyes"
L.A. Law Cille Vonzel Episode: "Whose San Andreas Fault Is it, Anyway?"
1995 A.J.'s Time Travelers Marie Curie Episode: "Marie Curie"
Aaahh! Real Monsters Mom Voice, episode: "Simon Strikes Back/The Ickis Box"[11]
Empty Nest Peggy Prockett Episode: "Stand by Your Man"
1996 Night Stand with Dick Dietrick Mabel Episode: "Uniting Loved Ones"
Local Heroes Mrs. Jen Penny Episode: "Eddie's Secret"
Picket Fences Mother Dinkle Episode: "Snow Exit"
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper Willa Winkle Voice, episode: "Three Ghosts and a Baby/I Wanna Be Rude/Leave It to Casper"
Homeboys in Outer Space Demille Episode: "A Man's Place is in the Homey, or The Stepford Guys"
1997 Touched by an Angel Loafer Episode: "Last Call"
Melrose Place Hilda Morris 3 episodes
Married... with Children Mrs. Emy Tot Episode: "How to Marry a Moron"
Perversions of Science The Farmer's Wife Episode: "Panic"
Nash Bridges Nurse Debbie Episode: "One Flew Over the Cuda's Nest"
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Maw Maw Episode: "Witch Trash"
1995–1998 Life with Louie Ora Anderson Voice, 39 episodes[11]
1998 The Lionhearts Betty Voice, episode: "But Some of My Best Friends are Clowns"
Columbo Mrs. Kate Lerby Episode: "Ashes to Ashes"
Maggie Winters Arlene Episode: "Suburban Myth"
1999 Mad About You Rosie Episode: "Uncle Phil Goes Back to High School"
1999–2000 Crashbox Female Polite Voice Recurring role[11]
1998–1999 Caroline in the City Margaret Duffy 3 episodes
1999 Cow and Chicken Sis, Lunch Lady Voice, episode: "Snail Boy/The Penalty Wheel"[11]
Nash Bridges Bridgit Episode: "Trade Off"
Oh Yeah! Cartoons Ms. Jane Davis Voice, episode: "Terry & Chris"[11]
1999–2004 Rocket Power Violet Stimpleton Voice, 21 episodes
1999–2000 The Kids from Room 402 Mrs. Nadia McCoy Voice, 6 episodes
2000 CatDog Mrs. Julie Grock Voice, episode: "A Dog Ate My Homework/The End"[11]
Batman Beyond Ms. Martel Voice, episode: "Zeta"[11]
Nash Bridges Crissy Episode: "Manhunt"
2001 Providence Meryl Ridley Episode: "Saved by the Bell"
Malcolm in the Middle Julie Episode: "Book Club"
2002 Clifford the Big Red Dog Mrs. Violet Bleakman, Grandma Ethel Voice, episode: "Who Moved My Bone?/Clifford the Pirate King"[11]
2003 Stuart Little Home of the Year Judge #1, Mrs. Remington Voice, episode: "Adventures in Housekeeping"
2004 The Batman June Brown Voice, episode: "Q&A"[11]
2004–2005 Totally Spies! Myrna Beesbottom Voice, 4 episodes
2005 Fat Actress Nosy Lady Episode: "Charlie's Angels"
American Dragon: Jake Long The Tooth Fairy Voice, 3 episodes
2005–2006 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Grandma Taters Voice, 2 episodes[11]
2006 American Dragon: Jake Long Bertha Voice, episode: "The Hunted"
Nanaka 6/17 Yuriko 1 episode
1996–2006 7th Heaven Mrs. Beeker 6 episodes
2007 Campus Ladies Episode: "We Are Family"
2005–2007 Higglytown Heroes Fran Voice, 6 episodes
2008 Miss Guided Mrs. Dawn Pool Episode: "Pool Party"
Hannah Montana Cindy Merriwether Episode: "Hannah in the Streets with Diamonds"
Curious George The Doorwoman Voice, episode: "Everything Old is New Again"
2009 Days of Our Lives Airline Passenger 2 episodes
Titan Maximum Gammy Voice, episode: "Dirty Lansbury"
2011 Pair of Kings June Episode: "Brady Battles Boo-Mer"
Elvira's Movie Macabre Bernadette, Mistress of the Wind Episode: "Untamed Woman"
Portlandia Mayor's Secretary Episode: "Mayor Is Missing"
Rules of Engagement Silvia Episode: "The Last of the Red Hat Lovers"
2012 Desperate Housewives Connie Thomas Episode: "Who Can Say What's True?"
2008–2012 The Life & Times of Tim Helen Voice, 17 episodes
2012 Doc McStuffins Moo Moo Voice, episode: "Blame It on the Rain"
2010–2012 Fish Hooks Mrs. Goldfishberg Voice, 8 episodes[11]
2013 Two and a Half Men Helen Episode: "The Unblessed Biscuit"
2014 Sketchy Stella Episode: "Candy Crush Addiction"
2005–2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Madge 2 episodes
2014 TripTank Dawn Voice, episode: "Roy & Ben's Day Off"[11]
Wander Over Yonder Trudi Traveler Voice, episode: "The Tourist"[11]
Ben 10: Omniverse Vera Tennyson Voice, episode: "Clyde Five"[11]
Regular Show Muscle Man's Mom Voice, episode: "Terror Tales of the Park IV"[11]
NCIS Mrs. Ruth Potts Episode: "Grounded"
2015 Mike & Molly Paula Martin Episode: "Cocktails and Calamine"
Bad Shorts Grace Episode: "Ghost Lookers: The Haunting of Bueller House"
2016 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Realtor Voice, episode: "Strongarm's Big Score"[11]
2020 Family Guy Grace Voice, episode: "Holly Bibble"

Television films

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Once Upon a Brothers Grimm Esmerelda Segment: "Hansel and Gretel"
1983 Bill: On His Own Angela
1988 Crash Course Beth Crawford
Dance 'Til Dawn Ruth Strull
1990 Menu for Murder Patsy Webber
1992 Ring of the Musketeers Temp Agency Agent Uncredited role
1996 Inhumanoid Dra. Marianne Snow
1998 Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
2005 Everything You Want Mary Louise Morrison
2019 Lucky Miss Doris Voice[11]

Additional credits

  • The Paragon of Comedy (1983 – television special)
  • Christmas Everyday (1986 – television special)
  • Tiny Toons Spring Break (1994 – television special)
  • Life with Louie: A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman ... Ora Anderson (1994 – television short)
  • Nightmare Ned ... Storytelling Dragon (1997 – video game)
  • Escape from Monkey Island ... Miss Rivers (2000 – video game)
  • Stinky Pierre (2003 – television short)
  • Tak 3: The Great Juju Challenge ... Stone Crusher (2005 – video game)
  • Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas (2006 – direct-to video animated film)
  • What's Wrong with Ruth ... Mother (2007 television short animation)
  • The Outlaw Emmett Deemus ... Mary (2008 – short film)
  • Stage Two ... Maggie's Mom (2008 – short film)
  • The Not Goods Anthology: This Is Absolutely Not Good ... Herself (2010 – video short)
  • dated. ... Edie (2011 – video short)
  • Heal Thyself ... Doris Green (2012 – Short film)
  • Curious George Swings Into Spring ... Lydia / Mom / Lady (2013 – video animation)
  • The Gift ... Old Lady (2014 – short film)
  • Eyes Upon Waking ... Nurse Jane (2014 – short film)
  • How to Become an Outlaw (2014)




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