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Kathleen Freeman

Kathleen Freeman
Born February 17, 1919
Chicago, Illinois
Died August 23, 2001

Kathleen Freeman (February 17, 1919 - August 23, 2001) was an American film, television, and stage character actress. In a career that spanned more than fifty years, she portrayed tart maids, secretaries, teachers, busybodies, nurses, and battle-axe neighbors, almost invariably to comic effect. Image File history File links KathleenFreeman. ... February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... August 23 is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... August 23 is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A character actor is an actor who predominantly performs supporting parts, often in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ...

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Biography

Early life

Freeman was born in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career as a child, dancing in her parents' vaudeville act. After a stint studying music at UCLA, she went into acting full time, working on the stage, and finally entering films in 1948. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the...


Career

Freeman's most notable early role was an uncredited part in the 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain, as Jean Hagen's articulate diction coach Phoebe Dinsmore. In 1954, Freeman played receptionist Miss Seele for lawyer Adam Calhorn Shaw (Edmund Purdom) in Athena. Beginning with the 1955 film Artists and Models, Freeman became a favorite foil of Jerry Lewis, playing opposite him in ten movies. These included most of Lewis's better known comedies, including The Disorderly Orderly as Nurse Higgins, The Errand Boy as the studio boss's wife, and especially The Nutty Professor as Millie Lemon. Over thirty years later, she had a small cameo in The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, a sequel to the remake of the Lewis film. Singin in the Rain is a 1952 musical film starring Gene Kelly, Donald OConnor, and Debbie Reynolds and directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen, with Kelly also handling the choreography. ... Jean Hagen (August 3, 1923 – August 29, 1977) was an American film actress. ... Edmund Purdom is an English actor and voice actor. ... Athena is a musical released on 4 November 1954 by MGM. The film stars Jane Powell as Athena Mulvain and Debbie Reynolds as Minerva Mulvain, two sisters who live with their weight-lifting grandfather Ulysses (Louis Calhern) and star-gazing grandmother Salome (Evelyn Varden) along with their other five beautiful... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion, because: it is patent nonsense. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Disorderly Orderly was filmed in 1964. ... The Errand Boy was filmed from July 24-September 1, 1961. ... The Nutty Professor, starring Jerry Lewis, was filmed from October 9-December 17, 1962. ... A sequel is a work of fiction in literature, film, and other creative works that is produced after a completed work, and is set in the same universe but at a later time. ... In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ...


Still other film roles included appearances in the horror film The Fly (1958), the Western spoofs Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) and Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971), and appearances in a spate of comedies in the 1980s and 1990s. Freeman played Sister Mary Stigmata in John Landis' The Blues Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000, had cameos in Joe Dante's Innerspace and Gremlins 2 (as tipsy cooking host Microwave Marge in 2), and a Ma Barker type gangster mother in Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult. DVD cover showing horror characters as depicted by Universal Studios. ... Promotional poster for The Fly The Fly is a 1958 American sci-fi / horror film, directed by Kurt Neumann. ... i like western films The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ... Support Your Local sheriff! is a comic western film starring James Garner and Harry Morgan. ... John Landis (born August 3, 1950 in Chicago) is an American movie actor, director, writer, and producer. ... The Blues Brothers is a 1980 musical comedy directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from a Saturday Night Live musical sketch. ... Blues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 musical/comedy film and sequel to the highly successful 1980 film The Blues Brothers. ... Joe Dante (born November 28, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey) is an American film director and producer of films generally with humorous and scifi content. ... Innerspace is a 1987 science fiction comedy film directed by Joe Dante and produced by Steven Spielberg. ... Ma Barker Kate Ma Barker (October 8, 1873 - January 16, 1935). ...


Freeman was also a familiar presence on television, from the 1950s until her death, with regular or recurring roles on many sitcoms, including Topper (as Katie the maid), Hogan's Heroes (as Frau Gertrude Linkmeyer, General Burkhalter's sister, who longed to wed Colonel Klink), The Beverly Hillbillies (in a story arc as Flo Shafer, wife of conman Phil Silvers), the short-lived prehistoric sitcom It's About Time (as Mrs. Boss), and as the voice of Peg Bundy's mom, an unseen character on Married... with Children. She played guest roles on countless other shows, from The Lucy Show to Home Improvement. Topper was a television situation comedy series based on the 1930s film series Topper. ... Hogans Heroes was an American television situation comedy that ran from September 17, 1965 to July 4, 1971 on the CBS network for 168 episodes. ... The cast of Hogans Heroes Hogans Heroes was a television sitcom that ran on the CBS television network from 1965 to 1971. ... For the 1993 film, see The Beverly Hillbillies (film) The Beverly Hillbillies was an American television program about a hillbilly family living in Southern California. ... Phil Silvers (May 11, 1911 – November 1, 1985) was an American entertainer and comedy actor. ... In fiction, an unseen character is a character who is described or mentioned, but does not actually appear to the audience. ... Married… with Children was a long-running American sitcom about a dysfunctional family living in Chicago. ... Lucille Ball in still from a 1966 episode of The Lucy Show The Lucy Show was Lucille Balls follow up show to I Love Lucy. ... Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring actor/comedian Tim Allen, which ran from 1991 to 1999. ...


In later years, Freeman also worked extensively as a voice actress, playing Ma Crackshell on DuckTales, a Theban woman in Disney's Hercules, and fortune teller Madame Xima in the video game Curse of Monkey Island. A voice actor (or voice artist) is a person who provides voices for computer and video games, puppet shows, amusement rides, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, stop motion, and animation works (including cartoons, animated feature films, animated shorts), and radio and television commercials. ... This article is on the animated series. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... Hercules is the thirty-fifth film in the Disney animated feature canon. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a universal phenomenon. ... The Secret of Monkey Island, CD version. ...


Freeman remained active in her last two years, with a regular voice role on As Told By Ginger, a voice bit in Shrek, a guest appearance on Becker and, most notably, scoring a Tony Award nomination and a Theatre World Award for her role of accompanist Jeannette Burmeister in the Broadway musical version of The Full Monty. As Told by Ginger was an American animated television series which debuted on Nickelodeon in October of 2000. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... The Theatre World Award is an American honor given annually to an actor or an actress in recognition of an outstanding breakout performance in their New York City stage debut. ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... The Full Monty is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek. ...


Weakened by illness, Freeman was forced to leave the Full Monty cast. Five days later, she died of lung cancer at age 82. Her ashes are inurned in a niche at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California. Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ... Hollywood Forever Cemetery entrance Hollywood Forever Cemetery entrance Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywood district of the City of Los Angeles, California. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue...


Freeman was considered for the part of Alice the housekeeper on The Brady Bunch. However, the role ultimately went to Ann B. Davis. The Brady Bunch was an American television situation comedy, based around a large blended family. ... Ann B. Davis as Alice on The Brady Bunch Ann Bradford Davis (born May 5, 1926 in Schenectady, New York) is a American television actress. ...


A lesbian, the British reports of her death included her surviving long-time companion, Helen Ramsey,[1] but the U.S. obituaries did not. A lesbian is a woman who is romantically and sexually attracted only to other women. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,3604,542869,00.html#article_continue

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Kathleen Freeman - Biography - Moviefone (243 words)
The inimitable American actress Kathleen Freeman has been convulsing film audiences with portrayals of dowdy, sharp-tongued matrons since she was in her 20s.
Freeman was a particular favorite of comedian Jerry Lewis, who cast the actress in showy (and billed!) roles in such farces as The Errand Boy (1961), The Nutty Professor (1963) and Who's Got the Action?.
Like many character actors of the '50s, Kathleen Freeman is frequently called upon to buoy the projects of baby-boomer directors: she was recently seen as an hysterical Julia Child clone in Joe Dante's Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990).
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Freeman, whose picture (left) was once featured on the cover of a book entitled, "Who is That?" was indeed one of a legion of character players who were immediately recognized more by their faces than their names.
Freeman's work in television is a virtual history of the medium, from Topper in the 1950s and The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s to Murphy Brown and Married...
The daughter of vaudevillians, Freeman was born in Chicago in 1923.
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