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Gloria Eileen McEniry
April 2, 1923
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died||April 3, 2021 98) (aged|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Years active||1947–2005, 2012|
Gloria Henry (born Gloria Eileen McEniry; April 2, 1923 – April 3, 2021) was an American actress, best known for her role as Alice Mitchell, Dennis' mother, from 1959 to 1963 on the CBS family sitcom Dennis the Menace .
Henry was born Gloria Eileen McEniryon April 2, 1923. She lived and grew up on the edge of the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana. She was educated at the Worcester Art Museum School in Massachusetts. Henry moved to Los Angeles in her late teens and worked on a number of radio shows and commercials using the stage name of Gloria Henry. Her topics of discussions were gossip, fashion, and sports. She also performed in little theater groups.
Signed by an agent, Henry transitioned into film work via Columbia Studios in 1946, and made her debut as the female lead in the horse racing film Sport of Kings (1947).She had featured roles in the romantic comedy Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949) that starred Lucille Ball, and the western Rancho Notorious (1952) with Marlene Dietrich. Henry also appeared in three sports-themed stories; the football film Triple Threat (1948), the horse race tale Racing Luck (1948), and the William Bendix baseball comedy Kill the Umpire (1950).
The 1950s were a mixture of B films and episodic TV guest parts such as My Little Margie (1952) and the premiere episode of Perry Mason , "The Case of the Restless Redhead" (1957). She was also a regular on the detective series The Files of Jeffrey Jones (1954), starring Don Haggerty, but was written out of the show when she became pregnant. She also appeared on The Abbott and Costello Show in an episode entitled "The Pigeon".
In 1959, Henry landed the role for which she would become most well-known, that of Dennis' mother "Alice Mitchell" on the CBS comedy television series Dennis the Menace.The series co-starred Herbert Anderson as her husband, and young Jay North in the title role of Dennis. Henry portrayed sunny domesticity and maternal warmth for four seasons until the series' cancellation in 1963.
Henry's career slowed down considerably after Dennis the Menace. In 1992, she stated that she had become so associated with the role of Alice Mitchell that she had become typecast in mother roles.She appeared occasionally in TV movies playing assorted bit-part matrons, and in 1989, she played a small role as an art-collecting society matron in the prime time soap opera Dallas .
Henry returned to the big screen in a brief role in Her Minor Thing (2005), a romantic comedy directed by Charles Matthau, Walter Matthau's son. She occasionally attended film festivals and nostalgia conventions. In 2012, she guest-starred on the Parks and Recreation episode "Campaign Shake-Up", playing the role of Mary-Elizabeth Clinch.
Henry was of Scottish and Irish ancestry. She was married to Robert D. Lamb between 1943 and 1948.She wed architect Craig Ellwood in 1949; they divorced in 1977. The couple had three children, Jeffrey, Adam, and Erin Ellwood.
Henry died at her home in Los Angeles, on April 3, 2021, one day after her 98th birthday.
|1947||Sport of Kings||Doc Richardson|
|Keeper of the Bees||Alice|
|Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back||Ellen Curtiss|
|1948||Adventures in Silverado||Jeannie Manning|
|Port Said||Gila Lingallo/Helena Guistano|
|The Arkansas Swing||Margie MacGregor|
|The Strawberry Roan||Connie Bailey|
|Triple Threat||Ruth Nolan|
|Racing Luck||Phyllis Warren|
|1949||Rusty Saves a Life||Lyddy Hazard|
|Law of the Barbary Coast||Julie Adams|
|Air Hostess||Ruth Jackson|
|Miss Grant Takes Richmond||Helen White|
|Feudin' Rhythm||Valerie Kay|
|Riders in the Sky||Anne Lawson|
|1950||Kill the Umpire||Lucy Johnson|
|Rookie Fireman||Peggy Walters|
|The Tougher They Come||Rattle Rafferty|
|Counterspy Meets Scotland Yard||Martha Holden|
|Lightning Guns||Susan Atkins|
|1951||Al Jennings of Oklahoma||Alice Calhoun|
|Yellow Fin||Nina Torres|
|1952||Rancho Notorious||Beth Forbes|
|1953||Hot News||Kerry Barker|
|1958||Gang War||Edie Avery|
|1988||Doin' Time on Planet Earth||Mary Richmond|
|2005||Her Minor Thing||Mrs. Porter|
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