Anita Gillette

Anita Gillette(born August 16, 1936) is an American actress, most notable for her work on Broadway and as a celebrity guest on various game shows .Gillette was bornAnita Luebbenin Baltimore, Maryland , the daughter of Juanita ( née Wayland) and John Alfred Luebben.Raised in suburban Rossville , she graduated from Kenwood High School .Gillette studied at the Peabody Conservatory and made her Broadway debut inGypsyin 1959. Additional Broadway credits includeCarnival!,All American,Mr. President,Kelly,Jimmy,Guys and Dolls,Don't Drink the Water,Cabaret,They're Playing Our Song,Brighton Beach Memoirs, andChapter Two, for which she was nominated for the Tony for Best Actress in a Play. She received the 1960 Theatre World Award for her performance inRussell Patterson's Sketchbook.Gillette's first television appearance was onThe Ed Sullivan Showin 1963. She joined the cast ofThe Edge of Nightin 1967, leaving the next year. Gillette's biggest exposure on a national scale came as a celebrity guest on various New York City -based game shows, mostly those produced by Goodson-Todman and Bob Stewart . She served as a semi-regular on the syndicatedWhat's My Line?,Match Game, and on the variousPyramidseries, among others.Gillette's roles in the 1970s included the short-lived seriesMe and The Chimpwith Ted Bessell andBob & Carol & Ted & Alicewith a then-unknown Robert Urich and a young Jodie Foster . She also appeared in Norman Lear 'sAll That Glitters.The 1980s marked Gillette's transition from Broadway and television into that of a character film actress. Prior to this transition, she had sizeable television roles as Nancy Baxter on the of the national run ofThe Baxters, W. Emily Hanover on the last season ofQuincy M.E., and a role onSearch for Tomorrowat the end of that series' long run, as well as the early David Chase seriesAlmost Grown. After the end ofSearch for Tomorrowin late 1986, Gillette transitioned to film with a variety of notable roles such as that of Mona in 1987'sMoonstruck. Many of these roles have had her as an on-screen mother to characters played by notable actors such as Jennifer Aniston 's mother inShe's The One, Mary Louise Parker 's mother inBoys On The Side, Bill Murray 's mother inLarger Than Life, Jack Black 's mother inBob Roberts, and the mother of Bobby Cannavale 's love interest inThe Guru. Her return to television in 2000s short-livedNormal, Ohiohad her playing the mother of John Goodman 's character (coincidentally with fellow former game show regular Orson Bean as her on-screen husband).In the 1990s, Gillette starred in twoHallmark Hall of Famemovies,The Summer of Ben Tylerwith James Woods andA Christmas Memorywith Patty Duke . In 2004, she appeared as Miss Mitzi, the lonely alcoholic owner of a struggling dance studio inShall We Dance?opposite Richard Gere , Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon . She recently completed filmingHiding Victoria, and has made several appearances as Grandma Betty on Fox 'sThe War at Home.In the 2000s, Gillette kept a busy schedule, with frequent TV and movies roles. Recurring characters included "Joan Gamble" in the TV seriesNormal, Ohio; "Betty" inThe War at Home; "Lily Flynn", the mother of criminalistCatherine Willowsin 3 episodes ofCSI; and the mother of Liz Lemon on30 Rockepisode " The Moms ".

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