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Lurene Tuttle (August 29, 1907, Pleasant Lake, Indiana - May 28, 1986, Encino, California) was a character actress, who made transitions from vaudeville to radio, to films and television. Her most enduring impact was as one of network radio's most versatile actresses. Often appearing in 15 shows a week, comedies, dramas, thrillers, soap operas, and crime dramas, and she became known as the First Lady of Radio.

Heaven Only Knows (1947) was her first film. She went on to roles in other films such as Orson Welles's Macbeth (1948), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), as the wife of Sheriff Chambers. In Don't Bother to Knock (1952) she portrayed a mother who lets a disturbed Marilyn Monroe babysit her daughter. The next year she appeared again with Marilyn in Niagara, as Mrs. Kettering. She had a rare starring role in Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960). She played Grandma Pusser in the original Walking Tall film trilogy, and also appeared in horror films such as The Manitou (1978), starring Tony Curtis. Her final film role was in the 1983 film Testament. Tuttle became a familiar face to millions of television viewers with more than 100 appearances from 1950 to 1986, often in the role of an inquisitive busybody. On television and in films, Tuttle streamlined herself into a pattern of roles between wise, loving wives/mothers or bristling matrons. She was familiar to the early television audience as wife/mother Lavinia (Vinnie) Day in Life with Father (1953–1955). Columnist Hedda Hopper called the selection of Leon Ames as Father and Tuttle as Mother "what I consider 22 carat casting with two all-Americans."

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

Lurene Tuttle (August 29, 1907, Pleasant Lake, Indiana - May 28, 1986, Encino, California) was a character actress, who made transitions from vaudeville to radio, to films and television. Her most enduring impact was as one of network radio's most versatile actresses. Often appearing in 15 shows a week, comedies, dramas, thrillers, soap operas, and crime dramas, and she became known as the First Lady of Radio.

Heaven Only Knows (1947) was her first film. She went on to roles in other films such as Orson Welles's Macbeth (1948), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), as the wife of Sheriff Chambers. In Don't Bother to Knock (1952) she portrayed a mother who lets a disturbed Marilyn Monroe babysit her daughter. The next year she appeared again with Marilyn in Niagara, as Mrs. Kettering. She had a rare starring role in Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960). She played Grandma Pusser in the original Walking Tall film trilogy, and also appeared in horror films such as The Manitou (1978), starring Tony Curtis. Her final film role was in the 1983 film Testament. Tuttle became a familiar face to millions of television viewers with more than 100 appearances from 1950 to 1986, often in the role of an inquisitive busybody. On television and in films, Tuttle streamlined herself into a pattern of roles between wise, loving wives/mothers or bristling matrons. She was familiar to the early television audience as wife/mother Lavinia (Vinnie) Day in Life with Father (1953–1955). Columnist Hedda Hopper called the selection of Leon Ames as Father and Tuttle as Mother "what I consider 22 carat casting with two all-Americans."

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 103

Birthday 1907-08-20

Day of Death 1986-05-28

Place of Birth Pleasant Lake, Indiana, USA

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Also Known As

  • Lorene Tuttle

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1987 Evil Town as Mildred Phelps
1985 Amazing Stories (1 episode)
1984 Crazy like a Fox (1 episode)
1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode)
1983 Testament as Rosemary Abhart
1983 Shooting Stars as Mrs Brand
1982 St. Elsewhere (1 episode)
1982 Voyagers! (1 episode)
1982 Matt Houston (1 episode)
1981 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as Miss Watson
1981 Dynasty (2 episodes)
1980 Carlton Your Doorman as Carlton's Mother (voice)
1980 White Mama as Mrs. McIntyre
1979 Human Experiments as Granny
1979 Trapper John, M.D. (2 episodes)
1979 Hart to Hart (1 episode)
1979 Parts: The Clonus Horror as Anna Noble
1979 Nutcracker Fantasy as Aunt Greda
1978 The Manitou as Mrs. Herz
1977 Final Chapter: Walking Tall as Grandma Pusser
1976 Charlie's Angels (1 episode)
1976 Alice (1 episode)
1975 Walking Tall Part II as Grandma Pusser
1975 Switch (2 episodes)
1975 Dr. Shagetz as Mildred Phelps
1974 Police Woman (1 episode)
1974 Little House on the Prairie (2 episodes)
1974 Down and Dirty Duck as Duck's Mother (voice)
1974 Live Again, Die Again as Betty Simpson
1974 Mrs. Sundance as Mrs. Lee
1972 The Rookies (1 episode)
1970 The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1 episode)
1969 Medical Center (1 episode)
1968 Julia (86 episodes) as Hannah Yarby (5 episodes)
1967 Mannix (1 episode)
1967 Judd for the Defense (1 episode)
1967 The Second Hundred Years (1 episode)
1966 The Fortune Cookie as Mother Hinkle
1966 Pistols 'n' Petticoats (1 episode)
1966 The Ghost & Mr. Chicken as Mrs. Natalie Miller
1965 I Dream of Jeannie (1 episode)
1965 Nightmare in the Sun as Gideon's wife
1964 The Munsters (1 episode) as Mrs. Morton
1963 Mr. Novak (1 episode)
1963 Petticoat Junction (3 episodes)
1963 Burke's Law (1 episode)
1962 The Beverly Hillbillies (1 episode)
1961 Father of the Bride (34 episodes) as Doris Dunston
1961 Hazel (1 episode)
1961 Dr. Kildare (1 episode)
1961 The Americans (1 episode)
1960 The Andy Griffith Show (2 episodes)
1960 My Three Sons (1 episode)
1960 Pete and Gladys (2 episodes)
1960 Psycho as Mrs. Chambers
1960 Ma Barker's Killer Brood as Ma Barker
1960 Johnny Midnight (2 episodes)
1959 Adventures in Paradise (1 episode)
1959 Bourbon Street Beat (1 episode)
1959 Dennis the Menace (1 episode)
1959 Johnny Ringo (1 episode)
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1 episode)
1958 Lawman (1 episode)
1958 The Texan (1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (1 episode)
1958 The Unchained Goddess as Meteora the Goddess of Weather
1957 Trackdown (1 episode)
1957 Leave It to Beaver (2 episodes)
1957 The Real McCoys (2 episodes)
1957 Perry Mason (6 episodes)
1957 The Thin Man (1 episode)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (1 episode)
1957 Untamed Youth as Judge Cecilia Steele Tropp
1957 Slander as Mrs. Doyle
1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (2 episodes)
1955 Sincerely Yours as Mrs. McGinley
1955 Matinee Theater (2 episodes)
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (2 episodes)
1955 The Millionaire (2 episodes)
1955 The Glass Slipper as Cousin Loulou
1954 Summer Playhouse (1 episode)
1953 Give a Girl a Break as Mrs. Doolittle
1953 Life With Father (27 episodes)
1953 The Affairs of Dobie Gillis as Mrs. Eleanor Hammer
1953 You Are There (1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater (2 episodes)
1953 Never Wave at a WAC as Capt. Murchinson, Company CO
1953 Niagara as Mrs. Kettering
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 Don't Bother to Knock as Ruth Jones
1952 Room for One More as Miss Kenyon
1951 I Love Lucy (1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 The Whip Hand as Molly Loomis
1951 Tomorrow Is Another Day as Mrs. Dawson
1951 Goodbye, My Fancy as Ellen Griswold
1950 A Life of Her Own as Secretary (uncredited)
1948 Macbeth as Gentlewoman / The Three
1948 Homecoming as Miss Stoker
1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House as Mary
1947 Heaven Only Knows as Mrs. O'Donnell
1941 Tom, Dick and Harry as Girl Lead in Movie (voice) (uncredited)

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