Mary Treen

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Mary Treen
Mary Treen 1938.jpg
Born Mary Louise Summers
(1907-03-27)March 27, 1907
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died July 20, 1989(1989-07-20) (aged 82)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1930–1983
Spouse(s) Herbert C. Pearson (m. 1944–1965, his death)

Mary Treen (March 27, 1907 – July 20, 1989) was an American film and television actress, a familiar face who brought levity to the screen. A minor actress for much of her career, she managed to secure a plain, unassuming niche for herself in the Hollywood of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

Early years[edit]

She was born Mary Louise Summers in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of attorney Don. C. Summers and actress Helene Sullivan Summers. In 1908, when Mary Louise was 11 months old, her mother sued her father for divorce on the grounds that he failed to provide for her.[1] Her father died while she was an infant. She was reared in California by her mother and her stepfather, a physician. Treen attended the Westlake School for Girls and a convent where she tried out successfully in school plays.


During her career, Treen was seen in over 40 films.[2] Among her film roles were Tilly, the secretary of the Building and Loan, in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and the role of Pat in the drama Kitty Foyle (1940) starring Ginger Rogers.

Her longest-running role was as Hilda, the maid and baby nurse, in 64 episodes from 1962 to 1965 of the NBC and CBS sitcom The Joey Bishop Show. Earlier, in the 1954–1955 season, she was cast in thirty-eight episodes as Emily Dodger on the CBS sitcom Willy.[3]


Treen died of cancer in Newport Beach, California, July 20, 1989. She was 82. Her only survivors were distant cousins.[4]

Partial filmography[edit]



  1. ^ "Mrs. Summers, Now on Stage, Wants Divorce". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, Missouri. November 21, 1908. p. 2. Retrieved February 2, 2016 – via  open access publication - free to read
  2. ^ "Mary Treen, Actress, 82". The New York Times. July 22, 1989. Retrieved 3 February 2016.  – via General OneFile (subscription required)
  3. ^ a b "Mary Treen". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mary Treen, actress, dead at 82". Florida, Lakeland. Lakeland Ledger. July 21, 1989. p. 2A. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 

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