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Subject: ARCHIVE: November 14, 1984 ~VERY recognizable late-in-life actress Merie Earle, whose acting career began at 76, and created a fine screen resume for the rest of her life in screen efforts like "Fritzwilly", "Bewitched", and many other appearances including a recurring role on TV's "The Waltons", dies at 95. ...

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Date Posted: Sunday, November 04, 10:35:28am

American actress perhaps best remembered for her performance as Maude Gormley in
"The Waltons", and other screen appearances like "Bewitched", and 1967's "Fitzwilly". ...

Merie Earle
(May 13, 1889 November 14, 1984)

Life and career
Born Goldie Merie Ireland in Morrow, Ohio, Merie Earle grew up in the Columbus area where she enjoyed singing and dancing as a child. Following her marriage she moved to New York City with her husband, who was an engineer for the New York Central. Upon her husbands retirement, the couple relocated to La Crescenta, California, to be closer to their daughter. She was discovered by an agent while performing in a play at a Methodist church. Beginning her professional career late in life, Earles first jobs included ads for Polaroid. Merie Earles first cousin was actor Clem Bevans.

In 1967 she made her feature film debut in Fitzwilly starring Dick Van Dyke. Her screen credits included Gaily, Gaily (1969), In Name Only, Dr. Max (1974,) Crazy Mama (1975,) Fatso (1980,) and Going Ape (1981). She was a regular on the TV series The Jerry Reed When You're Hot You're Hot Hour in 1972, in the made-for-TV movie The Last of the Good Guys in 1978, and The Waltons from 1972-79 as Maude Gormley.

Scheduled to make her Broadway debut, at age 88, in a revival of Paul Zindels Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds in 1978, Earle suffered a fractured hip during the shows initial run in La Jolla, California and withdrew from the production prior to its New York premiere. She guest starred on many notable television series including Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, All in the Family, Alice, Phyllis, and Whiz Kids, and The Bob Newhart Show. ...

In her eighties and nineties, she was a frequent guest on TV's "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson".

Merie Earle died aged 95, on November 4, 1984, in Glendale, California, of uremia poisoning following surgery for colon cancer,
having outlived both her husband and her daughter. She was interred at Green Lawn Cemetery in her home town of Columbus, Ohio.

RIP ...

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