Elmarie Wendel

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Elmarie Wendel
Born (1928-11-23) November 23, 1928 (age 88)
Howard County, Iowa, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1956-present
Relatives J.C. Wendel (actress, daughter)

Elmarie Louise Wendel (born November 23, 1928)[1][2][3] is an American actress.

Born on a farm in Howard County, Iowa, one of five siblings, Wendel spent her childhood traveling with her musical parents and dancing with her sisters in and around the Midwest in club and concert hall venues, including the Grand Ole Opry. She eventually made her way to New York City where she enjoyed success in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

A national touring company of Annie took her to Los Angeles, where she made a successful transition into film and television. She garnered the role of the eccentric Mrs. Dubcek on 3rd Rock from the Sun. She made appearances on such shows as Seinfeld, Love & War, Murphy Brown, Murder, She Wrote, and Empty Nest. She appeared in And the Band Played On and Far from Home. Most recently, she played Gina, an assembly line worker at the aviation factory on The George Lopez Show.[4]

Her musical theater credits include Wonderful Town, Cole Porter Revisited, Little Mary Sunshine and Gigi.[citation needed]


Wendel is the mother of Jennifer "J.C." Wendel, who is also an actress (Dave's World).


Year Credit Role Notes
2015 Fallout 4 (Video Game) Mandy Stiles / Cathy / Pulowski Voice Voices
2014 The Exes (TV Series) Ruthie in the episode "The Old Man and the Holly"
2012 The Lorax Aunt Grizelda (voice) Animated film
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (TV Series) Paula in episode "Devotion"
A Bag of Hammers The Mark Film role
American Dad! (TV Series) Voice in episode "Stanny Boy and Frantastic"
2008 General Hospital Peg uncredited role, 5 episodes
2003-2007 George Lopez (TV series) Gina Sorenstam 11 episodes
2001-2002 NYPD Blue Susan Hornby 4 episodes
1996-2001 3rd Rock from the Sun Mrs. Dubcek main/recurring role, 120 episodes
2000 The Angry Beavers (TV Series) voice of Doris Rabbit in episode "Driving Misses Daggett/Big"
Attraction Beehive Waitress Film role
1998 Jenny (TV Series) Doris in episode "A Girl's Gotta Merger"
1995 Rumpelstiltskin Gypsy Woman Film role
1994 Weird Science (TV series) Mrs. Wilder in episode "She's Alive"
1992-1994 Empty Nest Vivian / Agnes 2 episodes
1993 The Pink Panther (1993 TV series) Voice in episode "Pilgrim Panther/That Old Pink Magic"
Love & War (TV Series) Maude in episode "They Can't Take That Away from Me"
Murder, She Wrote Nurse Receptionist in episode "The Petrified Florist"
1992 Santa Barbara (TV series) Landlady 1 episode
Seinfeld Helene in episodes "The Trip" Parts 1 & 2
1991 Major Dad Mona in episode "On the Line"
Murphy Brown Mrs. Beale in episode "Everytime It Rains... You Get Wet"
Babes (TV series) Sister Katherine in episode "All Bummed Out"
1990 Going Under Sonar Film role
She Said No uncredited role TV Movie
The Immortalizer (Video) Agnes Minor role
Sugar and Spice (U.S. TV series) Bag Lady in episode "Breaking in Is Hard to Do"
1987 The Facts of Life Jackie in episode "Sweet Charity"
1985 The Jeffersons Mrs. Pardella in episode "State of Mind"
1982 Knight Rider Woman in episode "No Big Thing"
Crisis Counselor (TV series) Aging Woman 1 episode
1961 A Bowl of Cherries Daphne Film short


  1. ^ On April 11, 1930 in New Ogen Township, Howard County, Iowa, Elmarie L. Wendel's age is given for the census as "1 3/12" (i.e. 1 year and 3 months = 15 months); in the 1940 census in Cresco, Howard County, Iowa on April 10, 1940, her age is given as 11. Given her November birthdate this means she was born in 1928, not 1932.
  2. ^ Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: New Oregon, Howard, Iowa; Roll: 659; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0014; Image: 159.0; FHL microfilm: 2340394. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
  3. ^ Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Cresco, Howard, Iowa; Roll: T627_1167; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 45-19. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.
  4. ^ Elmarie Wendel at the Internet Movie Database

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