Priscilla Morrill

Priscilla Morrill

as Lou Grant's wife in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 1974.
Born (1927-06-04)June 4, 1927
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died November 9, 1994(1994-11-09) (aged 67)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Paul Bryson (? 1994; her death)

Priscilla Morrill (June 4, 1927 November 9, 1994) was an American actress best known for her television performance as Lou Grant's wife on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.


Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Morrill attended the Carnegie Institute before making her stage debut opposite John Carradine in Julius Caesar. She made her Broadway debut in The Relapse with Cyril Ritchard.[1]

Morrill's first television performance was on the Outer Limits episode "The Man with the Power" in 1963. She went on to guest star on numerous television series and television movies. Morrill had recurring roles on Family, Bret Maverick, Santa Barbara, and Newhart.[2]

In addition to guest-starring roles, she also co-starred in two short-lived series: In the Beginning (TV series) starring McLean Stevenson, and Baby Makes Five starring Peter Scolari. Morrill made a guest appearance in MacGyver, in the season two episode "D.O.A.: MacGyver" as Helen Wilson. She made her last onscreen appearance on an episode of Coach in 1992. Jean Stapleton stated in an interview for the Archive of American Television that Morrill was the stand-in for her in the ninth season episode of All in the Family, "A Girl Like Edith", in which Stapleton had a dual role.[2]


On November 9, 1994, Morrill died of complications of a kidney infection at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at the age of 67. She was survived by her husband, Paul Bryson.[1]

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1966 The F.B.I. Ann King 1 episode
1967 Felony Squad Liz McCready 1 episode
1968 The Wild Wild West Phalah Episode: "The Night of the Undead"
1968 Mannix Janet Paulson Episode: "Edge of the Knife"
1973 Breezy Dress Customer
1973-75 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Edie Grant 5 episodes
1975 Kolchak: The Night Stalker Griselda Episode: "The Trevi Collection"
1976-77 Family Elaine Hogan 8 episodes
1977 Three's Company Mrs. Snow Episode: "And Mother Makes Four"
1977 The Jeffersons Mrs. Fletcher Episode: "The Costume Party"
1978 The Love Boat Ida Snead Episode: "Taking Sides/A Friendly Little Game/Going by the Book"
1979 Welcome Back, Kotter Mrs. Gladstone Trevors-Smythe Episode: "The Breadwinners"
1981 It's a Living Dean Pressman Episode: "Making the Grade"
1982 One Day at a Time Grandma Cooper Episode: "Gift Horses"
1982-84 Family Ties Kate Donnelly 2 episodes
1983 The Powers of Matthew Star Mrs. Aldridge Episode: "Starr Knight"
1984 St. Elsewhere Sister Teresa 2 episodes
1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Margaret Brock Episode: "Spiderweb"
1985 Three's a Crowd Judge Hancock Episode: "September Song"
1985-89 Newhart Marian "Mary" Vanderkellen 7 episodes
1986 The Golden Girls Lucille Beatty Episode: "In a Bed of Rose's"
1987 MacGyver Helen Wilson Episode: "D. O. A.: MacGyver"
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Miss Gordon Episode: "Shivers"
1989-92 Coach Mrs. Rizzendough 4 episodes
1991 Blossom Mrs. Whiting Episode: "School Daze"


  1. 1 2 "Priscilla Morrill, Actress, 67". The New York Times. 1994-11-29. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
  2. 1 2 Priscilla Morrill at the Internet Movie Database

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