Though she didn't begin acting until she was almost 40, Maidie Norman quickly made up for lost time with a variety of steady supporting roles in everything from sitcoms to feature films. She made her theatrical debut with a minor role in "The Burning Cross," about a war veteran who comes to regret signing up for the Ku Klux Klan, and appeared in several live TV anthologies before being cast in the Douglas Sirk melodrama, <b<Written on the Wind." A few years later, Norman landed her most high-profile role yet in the suspense film, "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?," playing the feisty maid who confronts the deranged and abusive Jane (Bette Davis). Though she most often appeared as a maid or house servant, Norman landed a rare starring role in an episode of "Dragnet," playing one-half of an African-American couple stopped on suspicion of being involved in a robbery. Coming after the most turbulent years of the United States civil rights movement, her character's outspoken attitude at being racially profiled broke new ground. After appearing as a concerned aunt in the low-budget drama, "Sixteen," she was cast as a determined passenger in the star-studded disaster film, "Airport '77," about a hijacked 747 that crashes into the ocean. She portrayed a kindly nurse in the horror film, "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" and made her last on-screen appearance in a 1988 episode of the mystery series, "Simon & Simon."