Helen Kleeb

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Helen Kleeb
Helen Kleeb in Bewitched 1966.jpg
Helen Kleeb in a 1966 episode of Bewitched
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, Thomas Arthur Prendergrast, born May 13, 1940, died May 22, 2015, Cottonwood Arizona,)
(2) Elmer Garrison (1959–2003, her death)

Helen Kleeb (January 6, 1907 – December 28, 2003)[1] 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.[2][3][4]


Kleeb began acting on stage in Portland, Oregon, late in the 1920s, where she attended the Ellison-White Conservatory of Music.[5] She also gained her first radio experience in Portland.[1]

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.

She appeared in episodes of Dennis the Menace, I Love Lucy, Pete and Gladys, Hennesey, Death Valley Days, Get Smart, The Andy Griffith Show, Green Acres, Bewitched, Little House: A New Beginning, Highway to Heaven, 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[6] 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.[7]


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


  1. ^ a b Lentz, Harris M., III (2008). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2003: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. ISBN 9780786452088. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  2. ^ "Helen Kleeb". BFI. Archived from the original on 2012-07-20.
  3. ^ "Helen Kleeb movies, photos, movie reviews, filmography, and biography - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. ^ "The Waltons: The Baldwin Sisters". the-waltons.com.
  5. ^ Johnson, Jimmy (August 18, 1977). "Two Sisters Have 'The Recipe'". The Burlington Free Press. Burlington, Vermont. Gannett News Service. p. 27 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Wilson, Scott (Aug 19, 2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. ISBN 9781476625997. Retrieved Dec 16, 2019 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "FamilySearch". Retrieved Dec 16, 2019.

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