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Rosemary DeCamp

Actor
Died February 20, 2001 (90 years)
Rosemary DeCamp was an American radio, film, and television actress. DeCamp first came to fame in November 1937, when she took the role of Judy Price, the secretary/nurse of Dr. Christian in the long-running radio series of the same name. She also played in The Career of Alice Blair, a transcribed syndicated soap opera that ran in 1939–1940.

She made her film debut in Cheers for Miss Bishop and appeared in many Warner Bros. films, including Eyes in the Night, Yankee Doodle Dandy playing Nellie Cohan opposite James Cagney, This Is The Army playing the wife of George Murphy and the mother of Ronald Reagan, Rhapsody in Blue, and Nora Prentiss. She played the mother of the character played by Sabu Dastagir in Jungle Book. In 1951 and 1953, respectively, she starred in the nostalgic musical films On Moonlight Bay and its sequel, By The Light Of The Silvery Moon, as Alice Winfield, Doris Day's mother, opposite Leon Ames.

DeCamp played Peg Riley in the first television version of The Life of Riley opposite Jackie Gleason in the 1949–1950 season, then reprised the role on radio with original star William Bendix for an episode of Lux Radio Theater in 1950. From 1955–1959, she was a regular on the popular NBC television comedy The Bob Cummings Show, playing Margaret MacDonald, widowed sister of Cummings's character, the lothario photographer and former World War II pilot Bob Collins. Dwayne Hickman (future star of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis) portrayed her son, Chuck.

She appeared in the 1961 Rawhide episode, "Incident Near Gloomy River". In 1962, she played a dishonest Southern belle in the NBC sitcom Ensign O'Toole with Dean Jones. She appeared in the role of Gertrude Komack on ABC's medical drama Breaking Point in the episode entitled "A Little Anger is a Good Thing".

DeCamp had a recurring role as Helen Marie, the mother of Marlo Thomas's character on the ABC sitcom That Girl from 1966–1970. She appeared in several 1968 episodes of the CBS sitcom Petticoat Junction as Kate Bradley's sister, Helen, filling in as a temporary replacement for the ailing Bea Benaderet as the mother figure to Bradley's three daughters.

DeCamp made several appearances as the mother of Shirley Partridge in The Partridge Family from 1970–1973. She also played The Fairy Godmother in the 1980s TV show, The Memoirs of a Fairy Godmother.

DeCamp played Buck Rogers' mother in flashback scenes of the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode "The Guardians".

On July 7, 1946, her Beverly Hills home was damaged when struck by a wing after the experimental XF-11 piloted by Howard Hughes (re-created in the 2004 movie, The Aviator) crashed nearby. Although a piece of the wing and a part of the neighbor's roof landed in DeCamp's bedroom (where she and her husband were sleeping) they sustained no injuries.
Movies & Shows on Plex
  • The Beverly Hillbillies
  • 13 Ghosts
  • Saturday the 14th
  • Jungle Book
  • Petticoat Junction
  • That Girl
  • Blood on the Sun
  • Eyes in the Night
  • This Is the Army
  • Death Valley Days
  • City Without Men
Known For
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • 13 Ghosts
  • Jungle Book
  • Scandal Sheet
  • Saturday the 14th
  • That Girl
  • By the Light of the Silvery Moon
  • On Moonlight Bay
  • Strategic Air Command
  • Nora Prentiss
  • Hold Back the Dawn
  • The Bob Cummings Show
  • Pride of the Marines
  • Blood on the Sun
  • Danger Signal
  • Rhapsody in Blue
  • The Story of Seabiscuit
  • Eyes in the Night
  • This Is the Army
  • Commandos Strike at Dawn
  • Two Guys from Milwaukee
  • The Life of Riley (1949)

Filmography

2005
Paul Henning & The Hillbillies · as Margaret Mcdonald
1984
Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) · as Agnes
1983
Hotel (TV Series)
1982
St. Elsewhere (TV Series) · as Amy Jeffries
1981
Simon & Simon (TV Series)
1981
Saturday the 14th · as Aunt Lucille
1979
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (TV Series) · as Mama Lobo
1979
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series) · as Buck's Mother
1979
Blind Ambition (TV Series) · as Maureen Dean's Mother
1978
The Time Machine · as Agnes
1978
B.J. and the Bear (TV Series)
1977
The Love Boat (TV Series) · as Cynthia Loudon
1977
Fantasy Island (TV Series) · as Carol Cook
1976
Quincy, M.E. (TV Series)
1976
Family (TV Series) · as Amelia Stone
1975
Medical Story (TV Series) · as Cast
1974
Petrocelli (TV Series) · as Mrs. Drew
1974
The Rockford Files (TV Series) · as Mary Ramsey
1973
Police Story (TV Series)
1971
Longstreet (TV Series) · as Emma Brinkley
1970
The Partridge Family (TV Series) · as Grandma Amanda Renfrew
1969
Night Gallery (TV Series)
1969
Love, American Style (TV Series) · as Old Martha Pomerantz
1969
Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series) · as Nurse Kelly
1968
Here Come the Brides (TV Series) · as Mrs. Fletcher
1967
Mannix (TV Series)
1966
That Girl (TV Series)
1965
Days of our Lives (TV Series) · as Mother Superior
1964
1963
The Littlest Hobo (1963) (TV Series) · as Angela Spencer
1963
Petticoat Junction (TV Series) · as Aunt Helen
1963
Burke's Law (TV Series) · as Mrs. Franklin
1963
Breaking Point (TV Series)
1962
The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series) · as Priscilla Rolfe Alden Smith-Standish
1962
Ensign O'Toole (TV Series) · as Leona
1961
Dr. Kildare (TV Series) · as Angela Faring
1961
Hazel (TV Series) · as Sybil
1961
87th Precinct (TV Series)
1961
Follow The Sun (TV Series) · as Jeannette Pace
1960
13 Ghosts · as Hilda Zorba
1959
Rawhide (TV Series) · as Mrs. Armstrong
1958
77 Sunset Strip (TV Series) · as Nurse (uncredited)
1955
Strategic Air Command · as Mrs. Thorne
1955
Many Rivers to Cross · as Lucy Hamilton
1955
TV Reader's Digest (TV Series) · as Miss Schuyler
1955
The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series) · as Margaret Macdonald
1954
Climax! (TV Series) · as Eleanor Farrington
1953
1953
Main Street to Broadway · as Mrs. Harry Craig
1953
So This Is Love · as Aunt Laura Stokley
1953
General Electric Theater (TV Series) · as Maxine
1952
Omnibus (TV Series) · as Shark Wicks' Wife (segment "nobody's Fool")
1952
Ford Theatre: All Star Theatre (TV Series) · as Mildred Ledbetter
1952
Death Valley Days (TV Series) · as Canary Harris
1952
1952
Scandal Sheet · as Charlotte Grant
1951
On Moonlight Bay · as Alice Winfield
1951
Hallmark Hall Of Fame (TV Series) · as Anna Baetz
1951
The Red Skelton Show (TV Series) · as Abigail Van Clive
1951
Night Into Morning · as Mrs. Annie Ainley
1951
1950
The Big Hangover · as Claire Bellcap
1949
The Story of Seabiscuit · as Mrs. Charles S. Howard
1949
Night Unto Night · as Thalia Shawn
1949
1949
The Life of Riley · as Peg Riley
1948
The Life of Riley (1949) (TV Series) · as Peg Riley
1948
Studio One (TV Series) · as Laura Weber
1947
Nora Prentiss · as Lucy Talbot
1946
1946
From This Day Forward · as Martha Beesley
1945
Danger Signal · as Dr. Jane Silla
1945
Too Young to Know · as Mrs. Enright
1945
1945
Rhapsody in Blue · as Rose Gershwin
1945
Pride of the Marines · as Virginia Pfeiffer
1945
Blood on the Sun · as Edith Miller
1944
Practically Yours · as Ellen Macy
1944
Bowery to Broadway · as Bessie Kirby
1944
The Merry Monahans · as Lillian Deroyce
1943
This Is the Army · as Ethel Jones
1943
City Without Men · as Mrs. Slade
1942
Eyes in the Night · as Vera Hoffman
1942
Commandos Strike at Dawn · as Hilma Arnesen
1942
Yankee Doodle Dandy · as Nellie Cohan
1942
1941
Hold Back the Dawn · as Berta Kurz
1941
Cheers for Miss Bishop · as Minna Fields

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