A Character Actress With Character


Mary Wickes (1910 – 1995) was an actress on stage, screen and television. She had numerous roles over six decades: I Love Lucy, Here’s Lucy, MASH, Dennis The Menace, The Jackie Robinson Story, Sister Act, My Three Sons, F Troop, The Music Man, Bonanza, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Trouble With Angels among many other gigs.

Altogether she was a veteran of 50 feature films, 27 major Broadway productions and 10 television series. She also did voice-over for animated characters to boot.

She and Lucille Ball were neighbors in Los Angeles and very close friends.

She is described as being a loud and lanky scene-stealer. Her lack of good looks made comedic acting seem natural. Her real name was Mary Isabelle Wickenhauser and she was originally from St. Louis.

She never married.

At her funeral, Lucie Arnaz (daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz) asked the congregation to pay tribute to Wickes by giving her one last standing ovation.


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