Edie McClurg

Edie McClurg

McClurg at the 34th Annie Awards at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California on February 11, 2007
Born (1951-07-23) July 23, 1951
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Edie MacClurg
Alma mater University of Missouri Kansas City
Occupation Stand-up comedian, actress, singer, voice actress
Years active 1976–present
Parent(s) Mac McClurg
Irene McClurg

Edie McClurg (born July 23, 1951) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, singer and voice actress. She has performed in nearly 90 films and 55 television episodes, often portraying characters with a cheery Midwestern accent.

Early life

McClurg was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri on July 23, 1951 to Mac, a mailman, and Irene McClurg, an FAA secretary. She has an older brother, Bob, who is also an actor. McClurg attended the University of Missouri–Kansas City in the mid-1960s, where she also taught radio for eight years. She earned a master's degree from Syracuse University.[1]

At the University of Missouri–Kansas City, McClurg re-entered the entertainment field as a DJ, newswoman, and producer for the NPR affiliate KCUR-FM. There she portrayed John Ehrlichman in Conversation 26 of NPR's national broadcast of the Nixon Tape transcripts.[1]


McClurg's onscreen debut was as Helen Shyres in Brian De Palma's 1976 horror film Carrie starring Sissy Spacek. She was a comedy regular on the Tony Orlando and Dawn variety show (1976–1977) and then a cast member of The Kallikaks and The Richard Pryor Show. In 1980, McClurg regularly performed on The David Letterman Show[1] as Mrs. Marv Mendenhall. McClurg appeared in Elvira, Mistress of the Dark as Chastity Pariah.

Having been a member San Francisco's improv comedy the Pitcshel Players, she moved to Los Angeles and joined the Groundlings troupe.[2] She worked with fellow Groundling player Paul Reubens on his first play The Pee-wee Herman Show, in which she appeared in 1981 as "Hermit Hattie". McClurg has appeared in almost 90 films and 55 television episodes, usually typecast as a middle-aged, somewhat stubborn, and dim-witted Midwesterner.[1]

McClurg is known for a number of roles, including Mrs. Burns in A River Runs Through It, Grace in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Lucille Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati,[3] Lynn in She's Having a Baby, Willamae Jones in the television remake of Harper Valley PTA, Mrs. Patty Poole on The Hogan Family, Bonnie Brindle on Small Wonder, Marge Sweetwater in Back to School, the car rental agent in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Mrs. Violet Bleakman on Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Mrs. Beeker on 7th Heaven. She guest starred as Barri's mother in an episode of Campus Ladies. She portrayed one of the wicked stepsisters in the Faerie Tale Theatre production "Cinderella." McClurg appeared on several game shows, including Match Game, The $25,000 Pyramid, Password Plus, and Super Password.

McClurg contributed assorted voices for The Jetsons, The Snorks, Life with Louie, A Bug's Life, Justin and the Knights of Valour, Cars and Cars 2. She voiced Carlotta in The Little Mermaid, Mary in Wreck-It Ralph, Molly in "Home on the Range", Miss Right in The Secret of NIMH, the Dragon in the Nightmare Ned video game, Barsa in Kiki's Delivery Service, Fran on Higglytown Heroes, Mrs. Claus in Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen, Grandma Taters in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Violet Stimpleton in Rocket Power, Bea's mother in Fish Hooks, Winnie Pig in Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, Aunt Ruth in Bobby's World and Trudi Traveler in an episode of Wander Over Yonder. McClurg portrayed a nurse nicknamed "Angel of Death" in an episode of The Golden Girls. She also appeared in an episode of Hannah Montana as Cindy Merriweather. Continuing her passion for performing improvised comedy, McClurg is a player with Spolin Players.[2] On April 9, 2007, she made an appearance on Thank God You're Here. In 2011, she appeared in an episode of the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement.



Title Year Role Notes
Carrie 1976 Helen Film debut
Cracking Up 1977 Unnamed role
Cheech & Chong's Next Movie 1980 Gloria's Mom
Oh, God! Book II 1980 Mr. Benson's Secretary
Eating Raoul 1982 Susan
Pandemonium 1982 Blue's Mom
The Secret of NIMH 1982 Miss Right (voice) Animated film
Mr. Mom 1983 Check Out Lady
Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers 1984 The Queen
The Longshot 1986 Donna
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 Grace
Back to School 1986 Marge Sweetwater
Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 Car Rental Agent
She's Having a Baby 1988 Lynn
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark 1988 Chastity Pariah
Kiki's Delivery Service 1989 Bertha (voice) 1998 Disney dubbed version
The Little Mermaid 1989 Carlotta (voice) Animated Disney film
Curly Sue 1991 Secretary
Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation 1992 Winnie Pig (voice) Direct-to-video spin-off film
A River Runs Through It 1992 Mrs. Burns
Stepmonster 1993 Dr. Emmerson Direct-to-video
Airborne 1993 Aunt Irene
Natural Born Killers 1994 Mallory's Mom
Under the Hula Moon 1995 Dolly
Carpool 1996 Franklin's Mom (voice only)
Casper: A Spirited Beginning 1997 Librarian
Flubber 1997 Martha George
Ted 1998 Mother
Holy Man 1998 Laundry Lady #2
The Rugrats Movie 1998 Nurse (voice) Animated film
A Bug's Life 1998 Dr. Flora (voice) Animated Disney/Pixar film
Can't Stop Dancing 1999 Beverly McGuire
The Manor 1999 Mrs. Ellen French Based on the play Ravenscroft
My Neighbors the Yamadas 1999 Unnamed role (voice) Disney English dubbed version
Hanging Up 2000 Esther
Meeting Daddy 2000 Dot
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea 2000 Carlotta (voice) Direct-to-video animated Disney film
Van Wilder 2002 Campus Tour Guide Alternative title: Van Wilder: Party Liaison
Changing Hearts 2002 Nurse Rollins
The Master of Disguise 2002 Mother Disguisey
Now You Know 2002 Pat
Air Bud Spikes Back 2003 Gram Gram Direct-to-video
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 Mrs. Gertrude
Fish Without a Bicycle 2003 Greta
To Kill a Mockumentary 2004 Estelle Direct-to-video
Home on the Range 2004 Mollie the pig (voice) Animated Disney film
Breaking Dawn 2004 Nurse Olivia
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas 2004 Santa's Workshop Announcer (voice) Direct-to-video animated film
Cars 2006 Minny (voice) Animated Disney/Pixar film
Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! 2006 Peggy Jones / Sea Salt Sally (voice) Direct-to-video animated film
Simple Things 2007 Maggie Perkins
Fired Up! 2009 Ms. Klingerhoff
Holyman Undercover 2010 Martha
Cars 2 2011 Minny (voice) Animated Disney/Pixar film
Foodfight! 2012 Mrs. Butterworth (voice) Animated film
Wreck-It Ralph 2012 Mary (voice) Animated Disney film
Frozen 2013 Gerda (voice) Animated Disney film
A Long Way Off 2014 Mrs. Grey
Theresa Is a Mother 2016 Cloris McDermott
Zootopia 2016 Unnamed role (voice) Animated Disney film
Eyes Upon Waking 2017 Nurse Jane


Title Year Role Notes
Tony Orlando and Dawn 1976 Unknown role Regular
The Kallikaks 1977 Venus Kallikak 5 episodes
The Richard Pryor Show 1977 Various roles 4 episodes (including 2 uncredited)
ABC Afterschool Special 1978 Esther Greene
Hello, Larry 1979 Unknown role
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo 1979 Unknown role(s) (voice) Unknown episodes
WKRP in Cincinnati 19791980 Lucille Tarlek
Harper Valley PTA 1981 Willamae Jones
The Incredible Hulk 1981 Sister Mary Catherine
Alice 1982 Imogene
American Playhouse 1982 Switchboard Operator
No Soap, Radio 1982 Marion
Madame's Place 1982 Solaria
The Jeffersons 1982 Audrey Blume
The Lost Satellite 1983 Various roles Unknown episodes
The Dukes 1983 Unknown role(s) (voice)
We Got It Made 1983 Louise
Snorks 1984 Mrs. Seaworthy (voice) Unknown episodes
Diff'rent Strokes 19791984 Betty
Trapper John, M.D. 1984 Kathleen Wheeler
The Jeffersons 1985 Woman on TV
Faerie Tale Theatre 1985 Bertha
The Jetsons 1985 Unnamed role (voice)
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo 1985 Selma (voice)
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo 1985 Telula (voice)
Moonlighting 1986 Beauty Salon Customer
Together We Stand 1986 Fannie
Mr. Belvedere 1986 Penny Nichols
Small Wonder 19851987 Bonnie Brindle
Timeless Tales from Hallmark 1990 Mathilda (voice)
Gravedale High 1990 Unnamed role (voice) Unknown episode(s)
Valerie 19861991 Mrs. Patty Poole
Darkwing Duck 1991 Unnamed role(s)
The Golden Girls 1991 Nurse DeFarge
The New WKRP in Cincinnati 1991 Lucille Tarlek
Roseanne 1992 Harriet
Dinosaurs 1992 Shopper
Drexell's Class 19911992 Principal Marilyn Ridge
Goof Troop 1992 Jean (voice)
Full House 1992 Jungle Jenny
Tom & Jerry Kids 19901992 Various roles (voice)
Tiny Toon Adventures 19911992 Winnie Peg (voice)
Seinfeld 1993 Mrs. Oliver
Bobby's World 19901993 Unknown role(s) (voice)
The Addams Family 19921993 Mrs. Normanmeyer
Problem Child 1993 Unknown role(s) (voice) Unknown episode(s)
Getting By 1993 Lilah
Monty 1994 God
The Mommies 1994 Nurse Judy
L.A. Law 1994 Cille Vonzel
A.J.'s Time Travelers 1995 Marie Curie
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters 1995 Mom/Wise Gal/Rt. Arm (voice)
Empty Nest 1995 Peggy Prockett
Night Stand with Dick Dietrick 1996 Mabel
Local Heroes 1996 Mrs. Penny
Picket Fences 1996 Mother Dinkle
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper 1996 Willa Winkle
Homeboys in Outer Space 1996 Demille
Touched by an Angel 1997 Loafer
Melrose Place 1997 Hilda Morris
Married... with Children 1997 Mrs. Tot
Perversions of Science 1997 The Farmer's Wife
Nash Bridges 1997 Sidney Dunlop
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1997 Maw Maw
Life with Louie 19951998 Ora Anderson
The Lionhearts 1998 Unknown role(s) (voice)
Columbo 1998 Mrs. Lerby
Maggie Winters 1998 Arlene
Mad About You 1999 Rosie
Crashbox 1999 Female Polite Voice
Caroline in the City 19981999 Margaret Duffy
Cow and Chicken 1999 Sis/Lunch Lady (voice)
Nash Bridges 1999 Bridgit
The Kids from Room 402 19992000 Mrs. McCoy
CatDog 2000 Mrs. Grock
Batman Beyond 2000 Ms. Martel
Nash Bridges 2000 Crissy
Providence 2001 Meryl Ridley
Malcolm in the Middle 2001 Julie
Clifford the Big Red Dog 2002 Mrs. Violet Bleakman (voice)
Rocket Power 19992004 Violet Stimpleton
The Batman 2004 Mrs. Brown
Fat Actress 2005 Nosy Lady
American Dragon: Jake Long 2005 The Tooth Fairy
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 20052006 Grandma Taters
American Dragon: Jake Long 2006 Bertha (voice)
7th Heaven 19962006 Mrs. Beeker
Campus Ladies 2007 Unnamed role
Higglytown Heroes 20052007 Fran
Miss Guided 2008 Mrs. Pool
Hannah Montana 2008 Cindy Merriwether
Curious George 2008 The Doorwoman (voice)
Days of Our Lives 2009 Airline Passenger
Titan Maximum 2009 Gammy (voice)
Pair of Kings 2011 June
Elvira's Movie Macabre 2011 Bernadette, Mistress of the Wind
Portlandia 2011 Mayor's Secretary
Rules of Engagement 2011 Silvia
Desperate Housewives 2012 Connie Thomas
The Life & Times of Tim 20082012 Helen (voice)
Doc McStuffins 2012 MuuMuu (voice)
Fish Hooks 20102012 Mrs. Goldfishberg (voice)
Two and a Half Men 2013 Helen
Sketchy 2014 Stella
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 20052014 Madge
TripTank 2014 Dawn (voice)
Wander Over Yonder 2014 Trudi Traveler
Ben 10: Omniverse 2014 Vera Tennyson (voice)
Regular Show 2014 Muscle Man's Mom (voice)
NCIS 2014 Mrs. Ruth Potts
Mike & Molly 2015 Paula Martin
Bad Shorts 2015 Grace
Transformers: Robots in Disguise 2016 Realtor

Television film

Additional credits


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Edie McClurg biography". Yahoo Movies. Yahoo. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  2. 1 2 Dunn, Gabrielle (June 10, 2011). "Edie (GRACE!) McClurg Talks 'Ferris Bueller''s 25th Anniversary, On-Set Friendships and John Hughes' Genius". Moviefone. AOL. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  3. Kassel, Michael B. (1993-06-15). America's Favorite Radio Station: WKRP in Cincinnati. Popular Press. pp. 142–. ISBN 9780879725846. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
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