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Subject: ARCHIVE: November 4, 1984 ~Character actress MERIE EARLE, who began her screen career at ripe age of 78, always as the (usually) hip "little old lady with heart of gold", in many TV guest spots like "Green Acres" and "All in the Family", and films like Fitzwilly (1967), and "Fatso" (1980), dies at age 95. ...
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 career late in life, Earle’s first jobs included 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, The Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family, Alice,
Phyllis, and Whiz Kids.
In her 80s & 90s, she was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,
as in this, her final Carson interview in March 1984, just 8 months before her death. ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNFHmXCQ-DI
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. ...