Biography

Vaudeville comedienne Billie Bird Sellen was discovered at an orphanage at the age of eight years and hired to tour theater circuits with a vaudeville troupe. During the Vietnam War she accompanied 12 USO tours entertaining the troops in the war zone in the 1960s and 1970s. She had worked as recently as 1995 when she appeared in Jury Duty (1995), starring Pauly Shore. Other notable performances were in Dennis the Menace (1993) and Home Alone (1990).

One of her best-known film appearances was in the 1968 movie The Odd Couple (1968). Her last appearance was a cameo in 1997 in the short-lived television comedy George & Leo (1997) with Judd Hirsch and Bob Newhart. She had also been a regular from 1988-1992 in the sitcom Dear John (1988), and in a series of performances as a cheerful and sassy senior citizen in such productions as Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) and Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987).

Date of Death: 27 November 2002, Granada Hills (Alzheimer's disease)

Vaudeville comedienne Billie Bird Sellen was discovered at an orphanage at the age of eight years and hired to tour theater circuits with a vaudeville troupe. During the Vietnam War she accompanied 12 USO tours entertaining the troops in the war zone in the 1960s and 1970s. She had worked as recently as 1995 when she appeared in Jury Duty (1995), starring Pauly Shore. Other notable performances were in Dennis the Menace (1993) and Home Alone (1990).

One of her best-known film appearances was in the 1968 movie The Odd Couple (1968). Her last appearance was a cameo in 1997 in the short-lived television comedy George & Leo (1997) with Judd Hirsch and Bob Newhart. She had also been a regular from 1988-1992 in the sitcom Dear John (1988), and in a series of performances as a cheerful and sassy senior citizen in such productions as Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) and Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987).

Date of Death: 27 November 2002, Granada Hills (Alzheimer's disease)

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 44

Birthday 1908-02-28

Day of Death 2002-11-27

Place of Birth Pocatello, Idaho

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1995 Jury Duty as Rose
1990 The End of Innocence as Mrs. Yabledablov
1990 Home Alone as Woman in Airport
1989 Police Academy 6: City Under Siege as Mrs. Stanwyck
1989 That's Adequate
1988 Murphy Brown (1 episode)
1988 Ernest Saves Christmas as Mary Morrissey
1988 Dear John (1 episode)
1988 The Wonder Years (2 episodes)
1987 Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol as Mrs. Feldman
1987 Max Headroom (1 episode)
1987 The Charmings (1 episode)
1987 The Bronx Zoo (1 episode)
1986 Ratboy as Psychic
1986 Starman (1 episode)
1986 One Crazy Summer as Grandma
1986 Help Wanted: Kids as Bea
1984 Who's the Boss? (1 episode)
1984 Hunter (1 episode)
1984 Sixteen Candles as Dorthy Baker
1982 It Takes Two (22 episodes)
1982 Newhart (1 episode)
1982 Remington Steele (1 episode)
1982 Young Doctors in Love as The Hospital Staff - Flower Lady
1979 Knots Landing (2 episodes)
1979 Benson (158 episodes)
1979 The Facts of Life (1 episode)
1974 Apple's Way (1 episode)
1974 Happy Days (1 episode)
1972 The Waltons (2 episodes)
1968 The Odd Couple as Chambermaid (uncredited)
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1961 The Cat Burglar as Mrs. Prattle
1960 Too Soon to Love as Mrs. Jefferson
1959 Blue Denim as Woman (uncredited)
1959 Born to Be Loved as Drunk's Wife
1958 Unwed Mother as Gertie, an aging stripper
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1953 Letter to Loretta (1 episode)
1952 My Wife's Best Friend as Katie
1952 Somebody Loves Me as Essie
1951 Darling, How Could You! as Rosie
1951 The Lemon Drop Kid as Racetrack Bettor on Iron Bar (uncredited)
1951 The Mating Season as Spinster as Mugsy

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