Lurene Tuttle

Character actress Lurene Tuttle, dubbed "The First Lady of Radio," got her start in vaudeville, though she eventually transitioned into film and carried on a rich television career spanning several decades. Tuttle was ... Read more »
Born: 08/20/1907

Filmography

Actor (44)

Evil Town 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Testament 1983 (Movie)

Rosemary Abhart (Actor)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Carlton Your Doorman 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Voice

Crash 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Human Experiments 1979 (Movie)

Granny (Actor)

Nutcracker Fantasy 1978 (Movie)

of Aunt Gerda (Voice)

The Clonus Horror 1978 (Movie)

Anna Noble (Actor)

The Manitou 1978 (Movie)

Mrs Herz (Actor)

Final Chapter - Walking Tall 1976 (Movie)

Pusser's Mother (Actor)

God Bless Dr. Shagetz 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law and Order 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Part 2 Walking Tall 1975 (Movie)

Grandma Pusser (Actor)

Cheap 1973 (Movie)

(Voice)

Walking Tall 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Julia 1968 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert Young and the Family 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit 1968 (Movie)

Aunt Martha (Actor)

The Fortune Cookie 1966 (Movie)

Mother Hinkle (Actor)

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken 1965 (Movie)

Mrs Miller (Actor)

Nightmare in the Sun 1964 (Movie)

Gideon's wife (Actor)

The Real McCoys 1957 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Critic's Choice 1962 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

All in the Family 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Psycho 1960 (Movie)

Mrs Chambers (Actor)

Sweet Smell of Success 1957 (Movie)

Mrs Bartha (Actor)

Sincerely Yours 1955 (Movie)

Mrs McGinley (Actor)

The Glass Slipper 1955 (Movie)

Cousin Loulou (Actor)

Give a Girl a Break 1953 (Movie)

Mrs Doolittle (Actor)

Niagara 1953 (Movie)

Mrs Kettering (Actor)

Don't Bother to Knock 1952 (Movie)

Ruth Jones (Actor)

Room For One More 1952 (Movie)

Miss Kenyon (Actor)

The Affairs of Dobie Gillis 1952 (Movie)

Mrs Hammer (Actor)

Goodbye, My Fancy 1950 (Movie)

Ellen Griswold (Actor)

Macbeth 1948 (Movie)

Witch (Actor)

Dorothy in the Land of Oz (TV Show)

Voice

For the Love of It (TV Show)

Actor

I Dream of Jeannie (TV Show)

Actor

Live Again, Die Again (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Sundance (TV Show)

Actor

Shooting Stars (TV Show)

Actor

White Mama (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Character actress Lurene Tuttle, dubbed "The First Lady of Radio," got her start in vaudeville, though she eventually transitioned into film and carried on a rich television career spanning several decades. Tuttle was such a major fixture in radio that the advocacy she lent, along with Jack Benny and Bing Crosby, to the formation of the American Federation of Radio Artists, and subsequently the Radio Actors Guild, led to their official establishment. Though radio allowed Tuttle to play a wide range of characters, she is most known for playing busybody neighbors and stodgy yet charming older matriarchs. In the radio mystery-comedy "The Adventures of Sam Spade", Tuttle played nearly every female role, though primarily voiced Spade's secretary, Effie. One of Tuttle's most notable radio-to-television transitions was with "The Red Skelton Show", which started as a radio variety program and became a television staple from the early 1950s through the early 1970s. Tuttle's major film appearances include her role as the sheriff's wife in Alfred Hitchock's classic thriller "Psycho", and as a gentlewoman and one of the three witches in Orson Welles's "Macbeth". Tuttle, however, became more well-known in the latter half of the 20th century for her role as dour yet warm-hearted nurse Hannah Yarby in the sitcom "Julia", starring Diahann Carroll; it was one of the first sitcoms to feature a female African American character in a leading role.

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