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Lurene Tuttle

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Lurene Tuttle (August 29, 1907, Pleasant Lake, Indiana - May 28, 1986, Encino, California) was a character actress, who made transitions from vaudeville to radio, to films and television. Her most enduring impact was as one of network radio's most versatile actresses. Often appearing in 15 shows a week, comedies, dramas, thrillers, soap operas, and crime dramas, and she became known as the First Lady of Radio. Heaven Only Knows (1947) was her first film. She went on to roles in other films such as Orson Welles's Macbeth (1948), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), as the wife of Sheriff Chambers. In Don't Bother to Knock (1952) she portrayed a mother who lets a disturbed Marilyn Monroe babysit her daughter. The next year she appeared again with Marilyn in Niagara, as Mrs. Kettering. She had a rare starring role in Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960). She played Grandma Pusser in the original Walking Tall film trilogy, and also appeared in horror films such as The Manitou (1978), starring Tony Curtis. Her final film role was in the 1983 film Testament. Tuttle became a familiar face to millions of television viewers with more than 100 appearances from 1950 to 1986, often in the role of an inquisitive busybody. On television and in films, Tuttle streamlined herself into a pattern of roles between wise, loving wives/mothers or bristling matrons. She was familiar to the early television audience as wife/mother Lavinia (Vinnie) Day in Life with Father (1953–1955). Columnist Hedda Hopper called the selection of Leon Ames as Father and Tuttle as Mother "what I consider 22 carat casting with two all-Americans." Description above from the Wikipedia article Lurene Tuttle, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Aug 20, 1907 In Pleasant Lake, Indiana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Tom, Dick and Harry 1941-06-13
Latest Project:
Series Johnny Midnight 2022
Known For
Poster of Parts: The Clonus Horror
Poster of I Dream of Jeannie
Poster of Matinee Theater
Poster of Niagara
Series Johnny Midnight Unknown 2022
Series Amazing Stories Unknown 1985-09-29
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Crazy like a Fox Unknown 1984-12-30
Movie Shooting Stars Mrs Brand 1983-07-28
Movie Testament Rosemary Abhart 1983-11-04
Series Voyagers Unknown 1982-10-03
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Series St. Elsewhere Unknown 1982-10-26
Series Dynasty Unknown 1981-01-12
Movie The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Miss Watson 1981-07-09
Movie White Mama Mrs. McIntyre 1980-03-05
Movie Carlton Your Doorman Carlton's Mother (voice) 1980-05-21
Movie Nutcracker Fantasy Aunt Greda 1979-03-03
Movie Parts: The Clonus Horror Anna Noble 1979-08-01
Series Hart to Hart Unknown 1979-09-22
Series Trapper John, M.D. Unknown 1979-09-23
Movie Human Experiments Granny 1979-10-19
Movie The Manitou Mrs. Herz 1978-04-28
Movie Evil Town Mildred Phelps 1977-12-01
Movie Final Chapter: Walking Tall Grandma Pusser 1977-08-31
Series Alice Unknown 1976-08-31
Series Charlie's Angels Unknown 1976-09-22
Movie Dr. Shagetz Mildred Phelps 1975-01-01
Series Switch Unknown 1975-09-09
Movie Walking Tall Part II Grandma Pusser 1975-09-28
Movie Live Again, Die Again Betty Simpson 1974-02-16
Movie Down and Dirty Duck Duck's Mother (voice) 1974-07-01
Movie Mrs. Sundance Mrs. Lee 1974-01-15
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Series Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Series The Mary Tyler Moore Show Unknown 1970-09-19
Series Medical Center Unknown 1969-09-24
Series Julia Hannah Yarby 1968-09-17
Series Judd for the Defense Unknown 1967-09-08
Series The Second Hundred Years Unknown 1967-09-06
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Movie The Ghost & Mr. Chicken Mrs. Natalie Miller 1966-01-20
Series Pistols 'n' Petticoats Unknown 1966-09-17
Movie The Fortune Cookie Mother Hinkle 1966-10-19
Series I Dream of Jeannie Mama 1965-09-18
Movie Nightmare in the Sun Gideon's wife 1965-03-06
Movie The Restless Ones David's Grandmother 1965-12-02
Series The Munsters Mrs. Morton 1964-09-24
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series Mr. Novak Unknown 1963-09-24
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown 1962-09-26
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series The Americans Unknown 1961-01-23
Series Hazel Unknown 1961-09-28
Series Father of the Bride Doris Dunston 1961-09-29
Movie Ma Barker's Killer Brood Ma Barker 1960-02-03
Movie Psycho Mrs. Chambers 1960-06-22
Series Pete and Gladys Unknown 1960-09-19
Series My Three Sons Unknown 1960-09-29
Series The Andy Griffith Show Unknown 1960-10-03
Series Johnny Ringo Unknown 1959-10-02
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Series The Twilight Zone Secretary (uncredited) 1959-10-02
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown 1959-10-05
Series Dennis the Menace Unknown 1959-10-04
Series Bourbon Street Beat Unknown 1959-10-05
Movie The Unchained Goddess Meteora the Goddess of Weather 1958-02-12
Series Wanted: Dead or Alive Unknown 1958-09-06
Series The Texan Unknown 1958-09-29
Series Lawman Unknown 1958-10-05
Movie Untamed Youth Judge Cecilia Steele Tropp 1957-03-15
Movie Slander Mrs. Doyle 1957-01-18
Series The Thin Man Unknown 1957-09-20
Series Have Gun, Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Leave It to Beaver Unknown 1957-10-04
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Trackdown Unknown 1957-10-04
Series The Real McCoys Unknown 1957-10-03
Series The Adventures of Jim Bowie Unknown 1956-09-07
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie The Glass Slipper Cousin Loulou 1955-01-01
Movie Sincerely Yours Mrs. McGinley 1955-11-05
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Series Summer Playhouse Unknown 1954-07-06
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Never Wave at a WAC Capt. Murchinson, Company CO 1953-01-28
Movie Niagara Mrs. Kettering 1953-01-26
Movie The Affairs of Dobie Gillis Mrs. Eleanor Hammer 1953-08-14
Series Life With Father Unknown 1953-11-22
Movie Give a Girl a Break Mrs. Doolittle 1953-11-13
Series You Are There Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Room for One More Miss Kenyon 1952-01-10
Movie Don't Bother to Knock Ruth Jones 1952-07-18
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Tomorrow Is Another Day Mrs. Dawson 1951-08-08
Movie The Whip Hand Molly Loomis 1951-10-01
Movie Goodbye, My Fancy Ellen Griswold 1951-05-19
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series I Love Lucy Club President 1951-10-15
Movie A Life of Her Own Secretary (uncredited) 1950-09-01
Movie Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Mary 1948-03-25
Movie Macbeth Gentlewoman / The Three 1948-10-01
Movie Homecoming Miss Stoker 1948-04-29
Movie Heaven Only Knows Mrs. O'Donnell 1947-09-12
Movie Tom, Dick and Harry Girl Lead in Movie (voice) (uncredited) 1941-06-13