Mabel Albertson

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Mabel Albertson
Mabel Albertson.jpg
Mabel Albertson in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (TV series)
Born Mabel Ida Albertson
(1901-07-24)July 24, 1901
Haverhill, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died September 28, 1982(1982-09-28) (aged 81)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death Alzheimer's disease
Resting place Cremains scattered in the Pacific Ocean
Occupation Actress
Years active 1928–1975
Spouse(s) Harold Austin Ripley (divorced; 2 children)
Ken Englund (1937–1950; separated)

Leopold Albertson (father)

Flora Craft (mother)

Mabel Albertson (July 24, 1901 – September 28, 1982) was an American actress.

Life and career[edit]

Mabel Ida Albertson was born on Wednesday, July 24, 1901, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, the daughter of Russian-born Jewish immigrants Flora Craft and Leopold Albertson.[1][2] Her younger brother was actor Jack Albertson. Albertson's mother, a stock actress, supported the family by working in a shoe factory.[1]

Albertson was known for her role as Phyllis Stephens, Darrin's neurotic, interfering mother on the television sitcom Bewitched, who invariably ended her stays at the Stephens' home by saying to her husband, "Frank, take me home. I have a sick headache." A memorable early film role was as a proper banker's wife who is repulsed by the bucolic title characters in Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955).[3] Albertson appeared in at least one episode of the courtroom drama series, Perry Mason: as Carrie Wilson in the season 6, 1962 episode entitled "The Case of the Hateful Hero".[4]

She played Donald Hollinger's mother on That Girl, Howard Sprague's mother on The Andy Griffith Show, Miss Ramsey on Hazel, Dick Van Dyke's mother on The New Dick Van Dyke Show, and as Mrs. Van Hoskins, a wealthy woman whose jewels are stolen, in the screwball comedy film, What's Up, Doc? (1972). Her son George Englund was once married to actress Cloris Leachman.[5]


On Tuesday, September 28, 1982, Mabel Albertson died of Alzheimer's disease on September 28, 1982, in Santa Monica, California at age of 81. Her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. Her brother Jack Albertson, who had died ten months before, also had his ashes scattered there.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Jack Albertson's Kinship to Cloris Leachman". Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  2. ^ Berkvist, Robert (1973-01-07). "Jack Spreads A Little Sunshine - Jack Spreads Sunshine". Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  3. ^ Clip from Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki on YouTube
  4. ^ "The Case of the Hateful Hero" details,; accessed January 14, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Mabel Albertson at the Internet Movie Database

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