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Catherine McLeod (July 2, 1921 – May 11, 1997) was an American actress who made over sixty television and movie appearances between 1944 and 1976. She memorably portrayed the one woman whom James Garner's character Bret Maverick wanted to marry on the 1957 television series Maverick, in the episode "Rage for Vengeance," and appeared in literally dozens of other series including The Millionaire, Meet McGraw, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, 77 Sunset Strip, Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, Bronco, Perry Mason, Colt .45, Lawman, Bonanza, Hawaiian Eye, Have Gun - Will Travel, The Outer Limits, The Virginian, and the Ten Thousand Horses Singing episode of Studio One opposite James Dean and John Forsythe.

Movies included Frank Borzage's I've Always Loved You (1946), Courage of Lassie (1946), The Fabulous Texan (1947), That's My Man (1947), Old Los Angeles (1948), My Wife's Best Friend (1952), A Blueprint for Murder (1953), William Witney's The Outcast (1954), Ride the Wild Surf (1964), and Lipstick (1976).

McLeod's greatest impact upon American consciousness by far, however, was as purveyor of one of the most ubiquitous catchphrases of its era when she portrayed the woman in the 1963 headache remedy television commercial who plaintively but irritably said, "Mother, please! I'd rather do it myself!" The announcer's voiceover would then intone, "Sure you have a headache... tense, irritable.... but don't take it out on her."

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Catherine McLeod (July 2, 1921 – May 11, 1997) was an American actress who made over sixty television and movie appearances between 1944 and 1976. She memorably portrayed the one woman whom James Garner's character Bret Maverick wanted to marry on the 1957 television series Maverick, in the episode "Rage for Vengeance," and appeared in literally dozens of other series including The Millionaire, Meet McGraw, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, 77 Sunset Strip, Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, Bronco, Perry Mason, Colt .45, Lawman, Bonanza, Hawaiian Eye, Have Gun - Will Travel, The Outer Limits, The Virginian, and the Ten Thousand Horses Singing episode of Studio One opposite James Dean and John Forsythe.

Movies included Frank Borzage's I've Always Loved You (1946), Courage of Lassie (1946), The Fabulous Texan (1947), That's My Man (1947), Old Los Angeles (1948), My Wife's Best Friend (1952), A Blueprint for Murder (1953), William Witney's The Outcast (1954), Ride the Wild Surf (1964), and Lipstick (1976).

McLeod's greatest impact upon American consciousness by far, however, was as purveyor of one of the most ubiquitous catchphrases of its era when she portrayed the woman in the 1963 headache remedy television commercial who plaintively but irritably said, "Mother, please! I'd rather do it myself!" The announcer's voiceover would then intone, "Sure you have a headache... tense, irritable.... but don't take it out on her."

Description above from the Wikipedia article Catherine McLeod, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 42

Birthday 1921-07-02

Day of Death 1997-05-11

Place of Birth Santa Monica, California, USA

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Also Known As

  • Catherine Mc Leod
  • Catherine McCleod
  • Catharine McLeod
  • Catherine Frances McLeod

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1969 Marcus Welby, M.D. (1 episode)
1965 The F.B.I. (1 episode)
1964 Ride the Wild Surf as Mrs. Kilua
1963 The Outer Limits (1 episode)
1962 The Virginian (2 episodes)
1961 87th Precinct (1 episode)
1961 Cain's Hundred (2 episodes)
1961 Tammy Tell Me True as Mrs. Bateman
1960 Angel (1 episode)
1960 COronado 9 (1 episode)
1959 Hawaiian Eye (1 episode)
1959 One Step Beyond (1 episode)
1958 77 Sunset Strip (2 episodes)
1958 Bronco (1 episode)
1958 Return To Warbow as Kathleen Fallam
1957 Maverick (1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (1 episode)
1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1 episode)
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (2 episodes)
1956 State Trooper (1 episode)
1955 Matinee Theater (3 episodes)
1955 Gunsmoke (2 episodes)
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1954 The Outcast as Alice Austin
1954 Public Defender (1 episode)
1953 Letter to Loretta (1 episode)
1953 A Blueprint for Murder as Maggie Sargent
1953 Sword of Venus as Claire
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 My Wife's Best Friend as Jane Richards
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (2 episodes)
1950 So Young, So Bad as Ruth Levering
1949 Suspense (2 episodes)
1948 Studio One (4 episodes)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse (1 episode)
1948 Old Los Angeles as Marie Marlowe
1947 The Fabulous Texan as Josie Allen
1947 That's My Man as Ronnie Grange
1946 I've Always Loved You as Myra Hassman
1946 Courage of Lassie as Alice Merrick

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