Helen Kleeb

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Helen Kleeb
Born(1907-01-06)January 6, 1907
DiedDecember 28, 2003(2003-12-28) (aged 96)
Resting placeHoly Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California
OccupationActress of film and television
Years active1952–1997
Spouse(s)(1) John Gerald Prendergast (1937–1950, his death) (1 child)
(2) Elmer Garrison (1959–2003, her death)

Helen Kleeb (January 6, 1907 – December 28, 2003) was an American film and television actress. In a career covering nearly 50 years, she may be best known for her role from 1972 to 1981 as Miss Mamie Baldwin on the family drama The Waltons.[1][2][3]

From 1949 to 1951, she performed voices for the radio program Candy Matson. In 1956–1957, Kleeb guest-starred on Hey, Jeannie!, starring Jeannie Carson. In the 1960–1961 television season, Kleeb appeared as Miss Claridge, a legal secretary, on the sitcom Harrigan and Son, starring Pat O'Brien and Roger Perry.

She appeared in episodes of Dennis the Menace, I Love Lucy, Pete and Gladys, Hennesey, Death Valley Days, Get Smart, The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, Room 222, and The Golden Girls as well as in small film roles in The Manchurian Candidate, and Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte. She also appeared in a number of episodes of Dragnet, starring Jack Webb, during the 1950s as well as Helen appeared on many radio drama shows, some now playing on XM Satellite Radio.

Kleeb married Elmer Garrison[4] in 1959. She died in 2003, nine days before her 97th birthday, in Los Angeles, California. She reportedly left no known survivors other than her second husband, although many sources said that she had a son from her first marriage to John Gerald Pendergast, which ended with his death in 1950. According to California birth records, Thomas Arthur Pendergrast was born to a mother with the last name Kleeb on 13 May 1940 in San Francisco, California. Helen and John Prendergast were enumerated in April 1940 in San Francisco. [5]


Year Title Role Notes
1952 Kansas City Confidential Mrs. Crane Uncredited
1953 99 River Street Miss Henderson Uncredited
1953 Half a Hero Desk Nurse Uncredited
1954 Witness to Murder Nurse in Mental Ward Uncredited
1954 Magnificent Obsession Mrs. Eden
1955 There's Always Tomorrow Miss Walker
1955 The Desperate Hours Miss Wells Uncredited
1956 A Day of Fury Mrs. McLean
1956 Friendly Persuasion Old Lady Uncredited
1957 Hot Summer Night Scrub Woman Uncredited
1957 The Invisible Boy Miss Vandergrift Uncredited
1958 High School Confidential Miss Dodge Uncredited
1958 Summer Love Bit Role Uncredited
1958 I Want to Live! Prison Matron Uncredited
1959 Curse of the Undead Dora
1959 The Gazebo Miss Spence Uncredited
1960 Cage of Evil Mrs. Melton, Cherry's Motel
1961 The Young Savages Mrs. Patton Uncredited
1961 Ada Mrs. Smith Uncredited
1962 The Manchurian Candidate Mrs. Henry Whitaker - Chairlady Uncredited
1962 40 Pounds of Trouble Child Welfare Worker Uncredited
1963 Toys in the Attic Warkins' Secretary Uncredited
1964 Seven Days in May Esther Townsend
1964 Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte Town Gossip
1964 Sex and the Single Girl Hilda
1965 The Hallelujah Trail Henrietta
1966 Munster, Go Home! Emily Uncredited
1966 The Fortune Cookie The Lawyers' Receptionist
1967 Eight on the Lam Bit Role Uncredited
1967 Fitzwilly Mrs. Mortimer
1968 The Party Secretary
1968 Blue Elizabeth Parker
1970 Halls of Anger Rita Monahan
1971 Star Spangled Girl YWCA Receptionist
1982 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Dora


  1. ^ "Helen Kleeb". BFI.
  2. ^ "Helen Kleeb movies, photos, movie reviews, filmography, and biography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  3. ^ "The Waltons: The Baldwin Sisters". the-waltons.com.
  4. ^ Resting Places
  5. ^ https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VGG8-P8V

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