Kathleen Freeman Biography

Birthday: 1919-02-17
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois
Wiki Biography: Kathleen Freeman's introduction to show business came very early in life. Her parents were vaudevillians, and she made her debut at age 2 in their act. Later she attended UCLA with intentions of becoming a pianist, but was bitten by the acting bug and never looked back. She gained experience on stage in various stock and repertory companies, and made her film debut in 1948. One of the most memorable character actresses in recent memory, her stocky build, incredibly expressive face and hearty laugh have kept audiences convulsed for decades, playing a variety of neighborhood gossips, busybodies and eccentrics. Memorable as Sister Mary Stigmata ("The Penguin"), Dan Aykroyd's and John Belushi's nemesis, in The Blues Brothers (1980). She was used as a comic foil by Jerry Lewis in many of his films, always to great advantage. She did much television work, playing in everything from "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961) to "Gomer Pyle: USMC" (1964) to "Married with Children" (1987), where she was the voice of Peg's monstrous but never-seen mother, Al Bundy's nemesis. She was working on Broadway in a production of "The Full Monty" when she died of lung cancer in 2001.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Mayor of the Town 1954
Lux Playhouse 1958 Drama
Dragnet 1967 - 1970 Comedy
Lotsa Luck 1973 Comedy
The Best of Times 1986 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Super DuckTales Mrs. Crackshell 0000
House by the River 1950 Crime, Drama
The Glass Wall 1953 Drama
The Far Country 1954 0, Biography, Fantasy
North to Alaska 1960 Comedy
The Errand Boy 1961 Comedy, Family
The Disorderly Orderly 1964 Comedy, Romance
Marriage on the Rocks 1965 0
Three On A Couch 1966
Death of a Gunfighter 1969
Support Your Local Sheriff! 1969 Comedy
The Ballad of Cable Hogue 1970 0, 0, Fantasy, Biography
Which Way to the Front? 1970 Comedy
Support Your Local Gunfighter! 1971 Comedy, Romance
Heartbeeps 1981 Sci Fi, Comedy
The Best of Times 1986 Comedy, Drama, Sport
The Malibu Bikini Shop Loraine Bender 1987 Comedy, Romance
Dragnet 1987 Comedy, Crime
In the Mood Beulah Marver 1987 Comedy, Romance
Teen Wolf Too 1987 Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 0, Reality Tv
Joey Takes a Cab Lola 1991
FernGully: The Last Rainforest 1992 Animation, Adventure, Family
Reckless Kelly 1994
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Muriel 1994 Action, Comedy, Crime
Blues Brothers 2000 Mother Mary Stigmata 1998 Action, Comedy, Musical
Ready to Rumble Jane King 2000 0, 0
Seven Girlfriends Mrs. Hargrove 2000 Comedy, Romance
Shrek Old Woman 2001 0, Drama, 0, 0