Judith Lowry

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Judith Lowry (July 27, 1890 – November 29, 1976) was an American actress, best-known for her television work.

Born as Judith Ives in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Lowry labored in occasional bit parts in film and television from the 1940s until she began to get more substantial roles in her eighties. Lowry had an uncredited role in Valley of the Dolls as Aunt Amy. She had character parts in such films as The Anderson Tapes opposite Sean Connery, and Cold Turkey alongside Dick Van Dyke.

Her best-remembered role is that of the acid-tongued, no nonsense "Mother Dexter" on the 1970s sitcom Phyllis, which starred Cloris Leachman. This was Lowry's last major acting role because she died of a heart attack during the series' final season. One of the last episodes she filmed before her death, "Mother Dexter's Wedding", marked the final appearance of veteran actor Burt Mustin, who played her equally superannuated bridegroom, Arthur Lanson. By the time the episode aired in December 1976, Lowry had died at age 86, and the 92-year-old Mustin, who died in January 1977, was too ill to see it. After the airing of "Mother Dexter's Wedding", five more episodes of Phyllis followed in which Lowry appeared.[citation needed]

She also appeared on stage, most notably off Broadway in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, and on Broadway in a small role in Archibald MacLeish's drama J.B.



She was married to actor Rudd Lowry and had six sons and three daughters.


Selected films

Ladybug Ladybug1963Grandmother
The Trouble with Angels1966Sister Prudence
Valley of the Dolls1967Aunt AmyUncredited
The Night They Raided Minsky's1968Mother Annie
Sweet Charity1969Old Lady on Park BenchUncredited
Husbands1970Stuart's Grandmother
Cold Turkey1971Odie Turman
The Anderson Tapes1971Mrs. Hathaway
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds1972Nanny
Superdad1973Mother Barlow


1. Studio One19541 Episode
2. The Phil Silvers Show1956Josie1 Episode
3. The Patty Duke Show1965Miss Tansy1 Episode
4. The Jackie Gleason Show1966Old Lady1 Episode
5. Dark Shadows1968Hands of Cassandra1 Episode
6. Maude1974–1975Aunt Polly2 Episodes
7. Kojak1975Lily Weed1 Episode
8. Phyllis1975–1977Sally "Mother" Dexter23 Episodes

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