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Subject: ARCHIVE: November 4, 1984 ~Character actress Merie Earle, who started her career at 75, and like fellow matron players of the time Judith Lowry, Queenie Smith, and Helen Shaw, cornered the "little old lady" market on American film and TV shows of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, in series like "Bewitched", "The Bob Newhart Show", and "Carson's Tonight Show" where she was always a fascinating interview, dies at 95. ...

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Date Posted: Monday, November 04, 04:22:35am

American actress perhaps best remembered for
her performance as Maude Gormley in The Waltons. ...

Merie Earle
(May 13, 1889 - November 4, 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 husband's 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 screen career late in life, Earle's first jobs included TV ads for Polaroid.

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 and The Waltons from 1972-79 as Maude Gormley. ...

Earle also appeared in the made-for-TV movie The Last of the Good Guys in 1978.

Scheduled to make her Broadway debut, at age 88, in a revival of Paul Zindel's Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds in 1978, Earle suffered a fractured hip during the show's 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", as seen here in her last appearance six months before her death. ...

Death ...
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, OH.

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