Kathleen Freeman

Biography

Date of Birth 17 February 1919, Chicago, Illinois, USA Date of Death 23 August 2001, New York City, New York, USA (lung cancer) 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, U.S.M.C." (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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The Ladies Man

Katie

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The Disorderly Orderly

Nurse Higgins

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Zwei auf krummer Tour

Mrs. Wilk

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The Story of Molly X

Seamstress Con (uncredited)

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The Fly

Emma

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In the Mood

Mrs. Marver - The Landlady

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Come Fill the Cup

Lil - Newspaper Switchboard Operator (uncredited)

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Mr. Belvedere Goes to College

Gwendolyn (uncredited)

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Love Is Better Than Ever

Mrs. Kahrney

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The Reformer and the Redhead

Lily Rayton Parker

Starring In
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Shrek

Old Woman (voice)

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Joe Dirt

Joe Dirt's Foster Mother (uncredited)

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Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

Denise's Nosy Neighbor (uncredited)

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Ready to Rumble

Jane King

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Ri¢hie Ri¢h's Christmas Wish

Miss Peabody

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Seven Girlfriends

Mrs. Hargrove

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I'll Be Home for Christmas

Tom Tom Girl Gloria

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Blues Brothers 2000

Mother Mary Stigmata

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Hercules

Heavyset Woman (voice)

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Carpool

Franklin's Mom (voice)

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Caroline in the City - The First Season

Grandma Duffy (2 episodes, 1999)

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Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult

Muriel Dillon

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Hocus Pocus

Miss Olin, Teacher

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FernGully: The Last Rainforest

Edler (voice)

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Dutch

Gritzi

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The Willies

Miss Titmarch

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Gremlins 2: The New Batch

Microwave Marge

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Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland

Dance Teacher (voice)

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Chances Are

Mrs. Handy

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The Wrong Guys

Grunskis' Mom

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Teen Wolf Too

Admissions Lady

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Innerspace

Dream Lady

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Dragnet

Enid Borden

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In the Mood

Mrs. Marver - The Landlady

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The Best of Times

Rosie

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The Malibu Bikini Shop

Loraine Bender

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Heartbeeps

Helicopter Pilot

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The Blues Brothers

Sister Mary Stigmata (a.k.a. The Penguin)

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The Strongest Man in the World

The Policewoman

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Zwei auf krummer Tour

Mrs. Wilk

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The Unholy Rollers

Karen's Mother

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Where Does It Hurt?

Mrs. Mazzini

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Support Your Local Gunfighter

Mrs. Perkins

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The Ballad of Cable Hogue

Mrs. Jensen

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Which Way to the Front?

Bland's mother

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Myra Breckinridge

Bobby Dean Loner

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The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

Mrs. Stone (Mother)

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Death of a Gunfighter

Mary Elizabeth

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Hook, Line and Sinker

Mrs. Hardtack - Baby Sitter

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Support Your Local Sheriff

Mrs. Danvers

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The Helicopter Spies

Mom (archive footage)

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Point Blank

First Citizen

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The Big Mouth

Little Old Lady (uncredited)

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Three on a Couch

Murphy

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Jeannie é um Gênio - 1ª Temporada

Maw / ... (2 episodes, 1967-1968)

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The Rounders

Agatha Moore

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That Funny Feeling

Woman at Phone Booth

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Marriage on the Rocks

Miss Blight

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The Patsy

Katie (uncredited)

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The Disorderly Orderly

Nurse Higgins

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Mail Order Bride

Sister Sue

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Who's Minding the Store?

Mrs. Glucksman

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The Nutty Professor

Millie Lemmon

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The Errand Boy

Mrs. Helen Paramutual / Mrs. T.P.

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The Ladies Man

Katie

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North To Alaska

Lena Nordquist

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Houseboat

Laundromat gossip (uncredited)

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The Fly

Emma

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The Missouri Traveler

Serena Poole

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Buccaneer, The

Tina

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Too Much, Too Soon

Miss Magruder (uncredited)

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The Midnight Story

Rosa Cuneo

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Artists and Models

Mrs. Muldoon (landlady) (uncredited)

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The Far Country

Grits

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Battle of Rogue River

Sis Pringle (uncredited)

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Athena

Miss Seely

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Topper

Katie / ... (15 episodes, 1953-1954)

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The Glass Web

Mrs. O'Halloran (uncredited)

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Du und keine andere

Chambermaid (uncredited)

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The Affairs of Dobie Gillis

'Happy Stella' Kowalski

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The Magnetic Monster

Nelly

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2916 The Glass Wall

Zelda - Fat Woman

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The Prisoner of Zenda

Gertrud Holf (uncredited)

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Singin' In The Rain

Phoebe Dinsmore (uncredited)

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The Bad and the Beautiful

Miss March (uncredited)

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Monkey Business

Mrs. Brannigan, Neighbor (uncredited)

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Love Is Better Than Ever

Mrs. Kahrney

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O Henry's Full House

Mrs. Dorset (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief") (uncredited)

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Skirts Ahoy!

Sarcastic Seamstress (uncredited)

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Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie

The Burdges' Maid (uncredited)

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Come Fill the Cup

Lil - Newspaper Switchboard Operator (uncredited)

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A Place in the Sun

Factory Worker - Prosecution Witness (uncredited)

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The Wild Blue Yonder

Nurse Baxter (uncredited)

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Let's Make it Legal

Reporter (uncredited)

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Behave Yourself

Pet Shop Proprietor's Wife (uncredited)

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Cry Danger

Second Cigarette Clerk (uncredited)

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The Company She Keeps

Jessie - Parolee with Child (uncredited)

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Cause for Alarm!

Woman (scenes deleted)

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The Secret Fury

Jury Member (uncredited)

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The Reformer and the Redhead

Lily Rayton Parker

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No Man of Her Own

Clara Larrimore (uncredited)

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A Life of Her Own

Switchboard Operator, Betsy Ross Hotel (uncredited)

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House By the River

Effie Ferguson - Party Guest

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Appointment with Danger

Nun (uncredited)

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Mr. Belvedere Goes to College

Gwendolyn (uncredited)

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The Story of Molly X

Seamstress Con (uncredited)

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The Naked City

Stout Young Woman on Elevated Train (uncredited)

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The Saxon Charm

Nurse (uncredited)

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Behind Locked Doors

Nurse (uncredited)

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Gall Force: Eternal Story

Rumy (voice: English version) (as Katherine Freeman)

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