Billie Bird

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Billie Bird
Billie Bird.jpg
BornBerniece Bird
(1908-02-28)February 28, 1908
Pocatello, Idaho, U.S.
DiedNovember 27, 2002(2002-11-27) (aged 94)
Granada Hills, California, U.S.
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
OccupationActress, comedienne
Years active1921-1997
Spouse(s)Edwin Sellen (?–1966) (his death) 3 children
 
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Billie Bird
Billie Bird.jpg
BornBerniece Bird
(1908-02-28)February 28, 1908
Pocatello, Idaho, U.S.
DiedNovember 27, 2002(2002-11-27) (aged 94)
Granada Hills, California, U.S.
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California
OccupationActress, comedienne
Years active1921-1997
Spouse(s)Edwin Sellen (?–1966) (his death) 3 children

Bernice "Billie" Bird (February 28, 1908 – November 27, 2002) was an American actress and comedienne.

Early life[edit]

Born Berniece Bird in Pocatello, Idaho, Bird was discovered at the age of eight while living at an orphanage. As a child, she worked in vaudeville, and later in theater/cabaret before moving on to television and films.[1]

Career[edit]

She is credited on the Internet Movie Database with an appearance in a 1921 film Grass Widowers, but it is not clear if this is accurate. Otherwise, she broke into films in 1950, later making a brief uncredited appearance in The Odd Couple as a chambermaid. Her only line was "Goodnight", which was said to Felix Ungar, who responded, "Goodbye." Bird was often cast by director John Hughes and appeared in many of his 1980 and 1990s films, including Sixteen Candles, Home Alone, and Dennis the Menace, the latter two of which paired her with veteran Hughes actor, Bill Erwin, as her husband. She also starred as Mrs. Lois Feldman in Police Academy 4. Her last film appearance was in 1995's Jury Duty, with Pauly Shore.

In addition films, Bird made numerous appearances on various television series including roles on Silver Spoons, Ironside, Eight Is Enough, The Facts of Life, Who's the Boss?, and Knots Landing. She was also a regular cast member on the sitcoms It Takes Two in 1982 and Benson from 1984 to 1986. In 1988, she joined the cast of Dear John starring Judd Hirsch. Her last acting role was a brief appearance in 1997 on an episode of the CBS sitcom George & Leo, which starred Bob Newhart and Bird's former co-star, Hirsch.

Personal life[edit]

Bird was married to Edwin Sellen until his death in 1966; they had three children.

Death[edit]

Bird died on November 27, 2002 in Granada Hills, California at the age of 94 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.[1] She is buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1951The Mating SeasonMugsy

1953 "Somebody Loves Me"

1954Woman's WorldWoman in Bargain BasementUncredited
Alternative title: A Woman's World
1959Born to Be LovedDrunk's wife
1960Too Soon to LoveMrs. JeffersonAlternative title: Teenage Lovers
1967Barefoot in the ParkDrunken neighborUncredited
1968The Odd CoupleChambermaidUncredited
1970Getting StraightLandlady
1982Young Doctors in LoveMrs. Greschler the Flower Lady
1983Max Dugan ReturnsOlder Woman
1984Sixteen CandlesDorothy Baker (Grandmother)
1986One Crazy SummerGrandma
1987Police Academy 4Mrs. Lois Feldman
1988Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami BeachMrs. Lois Feldman
1988Ernest Saves ChristmasMary Morrissey
1989That's AdequateOld Lillian Darling
1990Home AloneIrene (woman in airport)
1990The End of InnocenceMrs. Yabledablov
1993Dennis the MenaceEdith Butterwell
1995Jury DutyRose
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1958Letter to LorettaMrs. Shubb1 episode
1971Adam-12Winnie Goodrich1 episode
1973GunsmokeOld Woman1 episode
1974Apple's WayLillian1 episode
1976–
1977
The WaltonsMrs. Cox
Shirley
2 episodes
1982House Calls1 episode
1982It Takes TwoMama22 episodes
1983Goodnight, Beantown1 episode
1984–
1986
BensonMrs. Rose CassidySeries Regular: Season 7
1984NewhartElla1 episode
1984Happy DaysMother Kelp (Marion Cunningham's Mother)2 episodes??
1985Remington SteeleAnna Dix1 episode
1986Hardcastle and McCormickMimi LeGrand1 episode
1986–
1987
Silver SpoonsMildred2 episodes
1987Max HeadroomFlorence1 episode
1987CheersLillian Miller1 episode
1988–
1992
Dear JohnMargie Philbert90 episodes
1988HunterMarie Watson1 episode
1992Murphy BrownRuthie1 episode
1993The Wonder YearsWoman2 episodes
1997George & Leo1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Billie Bird, 94; Actress Had Character Roles in Movies, on TV". The LA Times. 2002-12-06. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 

Billie was also in an episode of a Three's Company Spinoff Called "Three's A Crowd" The year was 1984. She played Jack's Aunt May!

Source was tonight's episode of the above mentioned series that aired on Antenna TV 12/19/12

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