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Kathleen Freeman

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Biography

Chicago, Illinois, USA
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. Read more...

Actor

Character: Miss Olin

Hocus Pocus 1993

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Character: Stout Girl on Elevated Train

The Naked City 1948

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Character: Annie Swenson

Annie Was a Wonder 1949

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Character: Factory Worker - Prosecution Witness

A Place in the Sun 1951

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Character: Phoebe Dinsmore

Singin' in the Rain 1952

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Character: Mrs. Brannigan, Neighbor

Monkey Business 1952

1
Character: Mrs. Dorset

Full House 1952

14
Character: Mrs. Kahrney

Love Is Better Than Ever 1952

5
Character: Sarcastic Seamstress

Skirts Ahoy! 1952

12
Character: The Burdges' Maid

Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie 1952

2
Character: 'Happy Stella' Kowalski

The Affairs of Dobie Gillis 1953

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Character: Sis Pringle

Battle of Rogue River 1954

5
Character: Custard-Pie Gag Victim

3 Ring Circus 1954

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Character: Miss Seely

Athena 1954

10
Character: Woman at Vegetarian Restaurant

The Seven Year Itch 1955

2
Character: Nurse Wilinski

Kiss Them for Me 1957

14
Character: Lena Nordquist

North to Alaska 1960

7
Character: Miss Thelma Haley

Madison Avenue 1962

1
Character: Millie Lemmon

The Nutty Professor 1963

8
Character: Mrs. Glucksman

Who's Minding the Store? 1963

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Character: Nurse Maggie Higgins

The Disorderly Orderly 1964

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Character: Bobby Dean Loner

Myra Breckinridge 1970

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Character: Karen's Mother

The Unholy Rollers 1972

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Character: Kid Twist's Wife

The Sting 1973

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Character: Sister Mary Stigmata

The Blues Brothers 1980

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Character: Joe Dirt's Foster Mother

Joe Dirt 2001

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Character: Denise's Nosy Neighbor

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000

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Character: Mother Mary Stigmata

Blues Brothers 2000 1998

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Character: Mrs. Delance

Reckless Kelly 1993

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Character: Gritzi

Dutch 1991

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Character: Microwave Marge

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990

28
Character: Miss Titmarch

The Willies 1990

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Character: Mrs. Handy

Chances Are 1989

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Character: Admissions Lady

Teen Wolf Too 1987

7
Character: Enid Borden

Dragnet 1987

8
Character: Beulah Marver

In the Mood 1987

10
Character: Loraine Bender

The Malibu Bikini Shop 1986

13
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Character: Voice of Franklin's Mom

Carpool 1996

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Character: Tom Tom Girl Gloria

I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998

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Character: Rhondas Grandma

Two Guys Talkin' About Girls 1996

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Character: Mrs. Mickling

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989

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Character: Mrs. Stetson

ABC Weekend Specials 1977

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Character: Noreen Grisbee

The Facts of Life 1979

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Character: Magda

Coach 1989

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Character: Rose Magruta

MacGyver 1985

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Character: Miss Ogilvy

Out of This World 1987

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Character: Emma

The Fly 1958

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Character: Zelda - Fat Woman

The Glass Wall 1953

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Character: Mrs. Hinch

Arrest and Trial 1963

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Character: Lil - Newspaper Switchboard Operator

Come Fill the Cup 1951

1
Character: Mrs. Celia Wilgus

The Donna Reed Show 1958

0
Character: Laundromat Gossip

Houseboat 1958

5
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Character: Dimity Sue

Bus Stop 1961

1
Character: Alice Whipple

Gomer Pyle: USMC 1964

0
Character: Iris Belmont

Lotsa Luck 1973

0
Character: Big Joan McCall

Mama's Family 1983

0
Character: Eloise Hardy

The Bill Cosby Show 1969

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Character: Betty Susla

ALF 1986

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Character: Switchboard Operator, Betsy Ross Hotel

A Life of Her Own 1950

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Character: Angela Morrow

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1962

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Character: Midwife

Lancer 1968

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Character: Herself - Presenter, Performer & Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Musical

The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2001

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