Mabel Ida Albertson
July 24, 1901
Haverhill, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||September 28, 1982 (aged 81)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Education||New England School of Speech and Expression|
|Spouse(s)||Harold Austin Ripley|
(m. 1925; div. 1936)
(m. 1937; sep. 1950)
|Children||2, including George Englund|
Mabel Ida Albertson (July 24, 1901 – September 28, 1982) was an American actress of television, stage, radio and film who portrayed Phyllis Stephens in the TV sitcom Bewitched.
Mabel Ida Albertson was born on July 24, 1901, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, to Flora (Craft) and Leopold Albertson, who were Russian-born Jewish immigrants. Her younger brother was actor Jack Albertson. Albertson's mother, a stock actress, supported the family by working in a shoe factory.
Albertson graduated from the New England School of Speech and Expression.
Albertson traced her show business career back to age 13, when she was paid $5 per performance to play piano behind palm trees for a reader. She later moved to California and became involved with the Pasadena Playhouse.
Albertson portrayed Phyllis Stephens, Darrin's neurotic, interfering mother, on the television sitcom Bewitched,:97 who invariably ended her stays at the Stephens' home by saying to her husband, "Frank, take me home. I have a sick headache." During 1972-1973, she played Mabel, the mother-in-law of Paul Lynde on The Paul Lynde Show. She appeared in at least one episode of the courtroom drama series Perry Mason: as Carrie Wilson in the Season 6, 1962 episode titled "The Case of the Hateful Hero". Albertson also guest-starred as the mother of Marilyn Munster's would-be suitor in the first broadcast episode of The Munsters, "Munster Masquerade".
Albertson played the mother of Barbara Whiting Smith and Margaret Whiting in Those Whiting Girls. She also played the dean of a women's college in an episode of The Tab Hunter Show, Susannah's mother in Accidental Family, Alice's mother in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,:119 Donald Hollinger's mother on That Girl,:1065 Irene Brady in The Tom Ewell Show,:1092 Howard Sprague's mother on The Andy Griffith Show, Miss Ramsey on Hazel, Mrs. White on The Lucy Show episode "Lucy and the Missing Stamp", Eileen Ruby, Harry Ruby's wife, in Make Room For Daddy episode "Danny Goes On USO Tour", Dick Van Dyke's mother on The New Dick Van Dyke Show, and Ethel Kendricks on the Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "Anyone Who Hates Kids and Dogs", Gertrude Mills on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. Rawhide Season 2 Episode 24 as Kalla, Gypsy Queen. In the 1963 episode of Gunsmoke, "Kate Heller", she played the title character. In 1966 she played Madam Adella in the Bonanza episode "A Dollar's Worth of Trouble".
A memorable early film role for Albertson was as a proper banker's wife who is repulsed by the bucolic title characters in Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955). She was also seen in She's Back on Broadway, So This Is Love, About Mrs. Leslie, Forever, Darling, The Long, Hot Summer, Don't Give Up the Ship, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and as Mrs. Van Hoskins, a wealthy woman whose jewels are stolen, in the screwball comedy film What's Up, Doc? (1972).
According to her former daughter-in-law, Cloris Leachman, Mabel Albertson died on September 28, 1982, of Alzheimer's disease at St. John's Hospital, after suffering seven years of poor health in Santa Monica, California at age 81. Her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.
|1928||Gang War||Reporter in the Prologue|
|1939||Mutiny on the Blackhawk||The Widow|
|1952||About Face||Mrs. Carter||Uncredited|
|1952||My Pal Gus||Mrs. Frisbee||Uncredited|
|1953||She's Back on Broadway||Velma Trumbull|
|1953||So This Is Love||Mary Garden|
|1954||About Mrs. Leslie||Mrs. Sims|
|1955||Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki||Teresa Andrews|
|1955||The Cobweb||Regina Mitchell-Smyth|
|1956||Forever, Darling||Society Reporter|
|1957||Four Girls in Town||Mrs. Conway|
|1958||The Female Animal||Irma Jones|
|1958||The Long, Hot Summer||Elizabeth Stewart|
|1958||Home Before Dark||Inez Winthrop|
|1959||The Hangman||Amy Hopkins|
|1959||Don't Give Up the Ship||Mrs. Trabert|
|1959||The Gazebo||Miss Chandler|
|1960||All the Fine Young Cannibals||Mrs. McDowall|
|1961||All in a Night's Work||Mrs. Kingsley Sr.|
|1962||Period of Adjustment||Mrs. Alice McGill|
|1966||A Fine Madness||Chairwoman|
|1967||Barefoot in the Park||Harriet|
|1970||On a Clear Day You Can See Forever||Mrs. Hatch|
|1972||What's Up, Doc?||Mrs. Van Hoskins|
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- Bird, Bill (July 1, 1957). "A Wedding a Day on TV". California, Pasadena. Pasadena Independent. p. 26. Retrieved February 16, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
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- "Veteran Actress Is Actually A Softy". Texas, Lubbock. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. February 22, 1970. p. 84. Retrieved February 16, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Mabel Albertson". Playbill Vault. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- "Mabel Albertson is dead at 81". California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Sentinel. September 30, 1982. p. 10. Retrieved February 16, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.