Mary Gross

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Mary Gross
Born Mary Margaret Gross
(1953-03-25) March 25, 1953 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedian, voice actress
Years active 1980–2012

Mary Margaret Gross (born March 25, 1953) is an American voice actress, comedian and actress, perhaps best known for her four-year stint on Saturday Night Live from 1981 to 1985. Her credits also include minor roles on Animaniacs, Boston Legal, That's So Raven and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Gross's trademark is her soft, treacly voice.

Early life[edit]

Gross was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Virginia Ruth (née Cahill), a telephone operator, and William Oscar Gross, a tool designer.[1][2] She is the younger sister of actor Michael Gross, who starred in the 1980s sitcom Family Ties.


Early career[edit]

She is an alumna of the Second City comedy troupe.

Saturday Night Live (1981–1985)[edit]

Gross joined SNL in 1981, during the show's 7th season following the show's disastrous sixth season, when the show was almost canceled.[3] Gross became co-anchor of SNL's Weekend Update segment during her first season.

Gross left in 1985 along with the rest of the cast, following executive producer Dick Ebersol's departure from the show.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Alfalfa, from SNL's recurring parody of The Little Rascals and skits regarding the murder of Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat character.[4]
  • Siobhan Cahill, an Irish woman who reports on Irish events on Saturday Night News (Weekend Update's name when Brad Hall was cast as anchor). Coincidentally, in the 1990s, SNL would have two short-lived castmembers who have a piece of this recurring character's name (Siobhan Fallon and Beth Cahill).[5]
  • Chi Chi, a Hispanic woman who hosts two fake public-access television cable TV shows (The Ghostbusters Show and Let's Watch TV) with her best friend, Consuela (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus)[6]
  • Celeste, a repressed wife married to an equally repressed man (played by Tim Kazurinsky)[7]

Celebrity impersonations[edit]

Film credits[edit]

TV credits[edit]

In late 2008, she assumed the short-term role of Aunt Raylene on the ABC daytime soap General Hospital.


External links[edit]

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Preceded by
Charles Rocket
Weekend Update anchor
with Brian Doyle-Murray

Succeeded by
Brian Doyle-Murray as solo anchor