Anita Gillette

Actor, Singer
This Strasberg-trained supporting actor came out of musical theater to gain face recognition on panel shows before moving into playing character and mother roles on sitcoms and features. Anita Gillette is best recalled ... Read more »
Born: 08/15/1936 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

The Last Adam 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Modern Family 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2005 - 2007, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shake It Up! 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fitzgerald Family Christmas 2012 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

30 Rock 2007, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The War at Home 2005 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Women's Murder Club 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Great New Wonderful 2006 (Movie)

Lainie (Actor)

Hiding Victoria 2005 (Movie)

Althea Jaffery (Actor)

Shall We Dance? 2004 (Movie)

Miss Mitzi (Actor)

The Guru 2003 (Movie)

Mrs McGee (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Normal, Ohio 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dinner and a Movie 2000 (Movie)

Heddie (Actor)

Frasier 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Christmas Memory 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Boy's Life 2 1998 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Charlie Hoboken 1998 (Movie)

Stepmother (Actor)

Larger Than Life 1996 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

Law & Order 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

She's The One 1996 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Boys on the Side 1995 (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

Mad About You 1979 - 1980, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bum Rap 1993 (Movie)

Drunk Woman (Actor)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

The Mayor's Wife (Actor)

Undertow 1991 (Movie)

Marlene (Actor)

Moonstruck 1987 (Movie)

Mona (Actor)

Marathon 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Baxters 1979 - 1980 (Tv Show)

Actor

It Happened at Lake Wood Manor 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

All That Glitters 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Quincy, M.E. 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

What's My Line? 1968 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

I've Got a Secret 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Me and the Chimp 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

George M! 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Pinocchio 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Almost Grown (TV Show)

Actor

Brass (TV Show)

Actor

The Summer of Ben Tyler (TV Show)

Actor

Through Thick & Thin (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This Strasberg-trained supporting actor came out of musical theater to gain face recognition on panel shows before moving into playing character and mother roles on sitcoms and features. Anita Gillette is best recalled as Mona, Vincent Gardenia's mistress in Norman Jewison's "Moonstruck" (1987) and as Mary-Louise Parker's outspoken mother in Herbert Ross' "Boys on the Side" (1995).

The petite, light-haired performer began on stage in a 1958 summer stock production of "Roberta" at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA, then made her Broadway debut the following year as Thelma in the landmark stage musical "Gypsy". She made her London debut in the title role of "Pocahontas" (1963). Throughout much of the 1960s, Gillette racked up numerous stage credits, in either original NYC productions or revivals throughout the US and Canada. She was cast as Sarah Brown in "Guys and Dolls" both in Toronto (1962) and NYC (1965). Gillette was featured in Irving Berlin's "Mr. President" (1962) and the notorious "Kelly" (1965), created the role of Susan Hollander in "Don't Drink the Water" on Broadway (1966), earned praise as Sally Bowles in "Cabaret" (1968) and co-starred with Frank Gorshin in the short-lived "Jimmy" (1969).

In the late 60s, her Broadway status earned her a place on the numerous panel shows which were televised from New York, including "What's My Line" and "I've Got A Secret". Gillette also appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show", "The Tonight Show", and Garry's Moore's program. Her stage appearances became more sporadic in the 70s and 80s, although she did return to Broadway in 1984 as Blanche in "Brighton Beach Memoirs". In lieu of theater, she moved towards sitcoms. In 1972, she was Ted Bessell's lady love in "Me and the Chimp" (CBS) and in 1973 was the conservative Alice in the sitcom based on the hit movie about partner swapping, "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" (ABC). She also played the wife and mother in Norman Lear's experimental 1979 sitcom "The Baxters", which sought to be interactive before anyone knew the meaning of the word. Gillette also has dramatic credits including the role of Dr. Emily Hanover on NBC's "Quincy, M.E." The character went on to marry the coroner (played by Jack Klugman, her "Gypsy" co-star). When the show ended its run, Gillette returned to New York to appear as a regular on "Search for Tomorrow" during that soap opera's waning days, then returned to Hollywood in 1988 as a regular on the short-lived "Almost Grown", in the first of many subsequent mother roles. Gillette also appeared in a few TV-movies, beginning with "It Happened at Lakewood Manor/Ants" (ABC, 1977). She was the wife whom Bob Newhart leaves behind when he starts to jog daily in "Marathon" (CBS, 1980).

Gillette was slower to make it into feature films, with "Moonstruck" her first significant role. Since then, she has played a drunken woman in "Bum Rap" (1988), the Harrisburg Mayor's Wife fawning all over Tim Robbins' candidate "Bob Roberts" (1992) and two more mother roles in "Larger Than Life" and Edward Burns' "She's the One" (both 1996).

Relationships

John Alfred Luebben

Father

Juanita Luebben

Mother

Christopher John

Son

Timothy Ronald

Son

Armand Coullet

Husband
married in 1982

Ronald Gillette

Husband
married in 1957 divorced in 1967

EDUCATION

Peabody Conservatory

Actors Studio

New York , New York
trained with Lee Strasberg and Robert Lewis

Milestones

2004

Appeared in "Shall We Dance," a remake of a classic Japanese ballroom dance film

2001

Appeared on tour as Madame Hortense in the stage musical "Zorba"

2000

Joined regular cast of "Normal, Ohio", a fall Fox sitcom starring John Goodman

1996

Featured in "Larger Than Life" and "She's the One"

1995

Played Mary-Louise Parker's mother in "Boys on the Side"

1988

Played Eve Gordon's mother on the CBS drama series "Almost Grown"

1987

Played featured role of Mona in Norman Jewison's film comedy "Moonstruck"

1982

Portrayed Jack Klugman's wife on the NBC drama "Quincy, M.E."

1979

Was regular on the syndicated experimental series, "The Baxters"

1973

Played Alice in the ABC sitcom "Bob & Ted & Carol & Alice"

1972

Became panelist, "I've Got a Secret"

1972

Primetime series debut as regular, "Me and the Chimp" (CBS)

1968

Made first appearances as a panelist on the game show "What's My Line?"

1968

Assumed the role of Sally Bowles in Broadway musical "Cabaret"

1966

Toured US as Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady"

1963

Had title role of "Pocohantas" in London stage debut

1959

Made Broadway debut as Thelma in "Gypsy"

1958

Made stage debut in "Roberta" in summer stock production in Beverly, Massachusetts

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