Maudie Prickett

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Maudie Prickett
Prickett Rosie.JPG
Prickett as "Rosie" in the sitcom
Hazel, c. 1961
Maudie Marie Doyle[1]

(1914-10-25)October 25, 1914
DiedApril 14, 1976(1976-04-14) (aged 61)
Resting placeMountain View Cemetery
Other namesMaud Prickett
Maude Prickett
Years active1938–1974
Charles Fillmore Prickett II
(m. 1941; died 1954)

Eakle W. Cartwright
(m. 1961; died 1962)

Cyril Bernard Cooper
(m. 1966; died 1971)

Maudie Prickett (born Maudie Marie Doyle; October 25, 1914 – April 14, 1976) was an American character actress who performed in over 300 stage, film, and television productions during a career that spanned nearly four decades.[1][2]


Born in Portland, Oregon, Prickett often portrayed maids, aunts, secretaries, spinsters, busybodies, and nosy neighbors. She made 36 appearances on the television sitcom Hazel starring Shirley Booth as the title character's frenemy; Hazel and Rosie were maids in neighboring homes.

Prickett played a cook named Elvira in Harvey (1950) and a maid named Elsie in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). Prickett was also in the 1950s Western series The Adventures of Kit Carson and 26 Men. She played "Miss Tazey", Lois Lane's old nurse, in a 1952 episode of the Adventures of Superman.

She made nine appearances as Ms. Gordon on CBS's The Jack Benny Program. She played Miss Sanders, a secretary to Howard McNear's character Wilbur Wilgus, on a 1959 episode of the ABC sitcom The Donna Reed Show. She portrayed Alice MacAvity in a 1954 installment of the NBC sitcom It's a Great Life. She guest-starred in the 1957-1958 NBC sitcom Sally, and on CBS's Dennis the Menace. She appeared as a dentist's secretary in the episode "The Dentist" on another CBS sitcom, Angel. She played Mrs. Bennett in the 1958 episode "Beaver and Poncho", Leave it to Beaver. Prickett was in the 1962 short-lived ABC/Warner Bros. sitcom Room for One More and played a regular character on another short-lived series of the 1960s, The Tammy Grimes Show.

Prickett also appeared in several episodes of The Andy Griffith Show as, variously, Mrs. Edna Larch and Aunt Nora, as well as in the role of Myrtle on Mayberry R.F.D. She appeared twice on Get Smart; once playing Maxwell Smart's Aunt Bertha (in the 1965 episode, "My Nephew the Spy"). She played a DMV clerk on a 1969 episode of The Mod Squad. She played a landlady on a 1970 episode of the police drama Dragnet, and various characters in five episodes of the sitcom Bewitched. Her final television performances were 1974 roles as Mabel on the CBS series Dirty Sally and as Mrs. Chandler on McMillan & Wife.

Personal life[edit]

Maudie was married three times; all three of her husbands predeceased her. Her first marriage was in 1941 to Charles Fillmore Prickett II (1901–1954), the co-founder and general manager of the Pasadena Playhouse, with whom she had two children: Charles Fillmore Prickett III (1949–2006), who became an orthopedic surgeon, and a daughter, Mrs. Charie Laugharn (b. 1950).

In 1961, seven years after the death of her first husband, she married Dr. Eakle W. Cartwright, a physician, who died the following year. Her final marriage was to Cyril Bernard Cooper (1900–1971), who served as mayor of Pasadena from 1968 to 1970.[3]


In 1976, at age 61, Prickett died of uremic poisoning in Pasadena, California. She is interred at Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum in Altadena, California.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952", Charles Fillmore Prickett to Maudie Marie Doyle, August 17, 1941, Pasadena, California. FamilySearch, archives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah. Retrieved April 19, 2019. Maudie Prickett’s full birth name is documented on both her 1941 marriage license and certificate.
  2. ^ "Maudie Prickett, Veteran Character Actress, Dies" obituary, Los Angeles Times (1923-1995), April 16, 1976, p. C6. ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Galm, Bernard, interviewer, "Pasadena Playhouse Oral History Series" (UCLA Library, Center for Oral History Research, n.d. [c1982]
  4. ^ Ellenberger, A.R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland, Incorporated, Publishers. p. 188. ISBN 978-0-7864-0983-9. Retrieved 17 March 2020.

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