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  • Kathleen Freeman
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  • Kathleen Freeman (born February 17, 1919 - died August 23, 2001) provided the voice for Peg's Mom on Married with Children. A talented, funny comedic film, television, and stage actress, Kathleen, in a career that spanned more than fifty years, portrayed tart maids, secretaries, teachers, busybodies, nurses, and battle-axe neighbors, almost invariably to comic effect.
  • Kathleen Freeman performed the voice of Old Woman in Shrek. Kathleen Freeman passed away on August 23, 2001 from lung cancer at the age of 82.
  • Freeman was born in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career as a child, dancing in her parents' vaudeville act. After a stint studying music at University of California, Los Angeles, she went into acting full-time, working on the stage, and finally entering films in 1948. She was a founding member, in 1946, of the Circle Players at The Circle Theatre, now known as El Centro Theatre.
  • Kathleen Freeman (February 17, 1919 - August 23, 2001) was an American film, television, and stage actress. In a career that spanned more than fifty years, she portrayed tart maids, secretaries, teachers, busybodies, nurses, and battle-axe neighbors, almost invariably to comic effect.
  • Born in Chicago, Illinois, Freeman began her career as a child performer, dancing in her parents' vaudeville act. After growing up on the road, she went to college at UCLA, studying in music, and planning to become a concert pianist, before starting to act full time, first starting on stage for several local theatre groups, before going to Hollywood, appearing first in the film Annie Was a Wonder in 1948. Her first notable film role was as Jean Hagen's articulate diction coach, Phoebe Dinsmore, in the 1952 muscial, Singin' in the Rain.
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Birthplace
  • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Deathplace
  • New York, New York, U.S.
death place
  • New York City, New York, U.S.
Name
  • Kathleen Freeman
  • Freeman, Kathleen
Caption
  • Kathleen Freeman
  • Kathleen Freeman was the voice of Peg Bundy's mother on MWC.
Sex
  • Female
Birthdate
  • 1919-02-17
Years Active
  • 1948
Date of Death
  • 2001-08-23
Birth Place
  • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Cause of Death
  • Lung Cancer
Deathdate
  • 2001-08-23
Place of Birth
  • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Place of death
  • New York, New York, U.S.
Died
  • 2001-08-23
  • New York City, New York, U.S.
yearsactive
  • 1948
Character
  • provided the voice for Peg's Mom on MWC
Occupation
  • Actor/Voice Over Artist
Born
  • 1919-02-17
  • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Birth
  • 1919-02-17
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  • Kathleen Freeman (born February 17, 1919 - died August 23, 2001) provided the voice for Peg's Mom on Married with Children. A talented, funny comedic film, television, and stage actress, Kathleen, in a career that spanned more than fifty years, portrayed tart maids, secretaries, teachers, busybodies, nurses, and battle-axe neighbors, almost invariably to comic effect.
  • Born in Chicago, Illinois, Freeman began her career as a child performer, dancing in her parents' vaudeville act. After growing up on the road, she went to college at UCLA, studying in music, and planning to become a concert pianist, before starting to act full time, first starting on stage for several local theatre groups, before going to Hollywood, appearing first in the film Annie Was a Wonder in 1948. Her first notable film role was as Jean Hagen's articulate diction coach, Phoebe Dinsmore, in the 1952 muscial, Singin' in the Rain. Starting with the 1955 film, Artists and Models, she became a favorite foil for comedian Jerry Lewis, playing opposite him in 10 featured films. These include most of Jerry's more famously known comedies, including, The Disorderly Orderly as Nurse Higgins, The Errand Boy as the studio boss' wife, and especially The Nutty Professor as Millie Lemon. Over 30 years later, Freeman who have a small cameo in Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, the sequel of the Eddie Murphy remake of the original film. Other film roles included appearances in the horror film The Fly (1958), and the Western spoofs Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) and Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971). She also appeared in a number of comedies in the 1980s and 1990s. These included her role as Sister Mary Stigmata in John Landis' The Blue Brothers and Blues Brothers 2000, cameos in Joe Dante's Innerspace and Gremlins 2 (where she played the tipsy cooking host Microwave Marge) and a Ma Barker type gangster mom in Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult. Freeman was also a familiar presence on television, from the 1950s until her death, with regular or recurring roles in such sitcoms as Topper (as Katie the maid), as Frau Gertrude Linkmeyer in the afformentioned Hogan's Heroes, The Beverly Hillibillies (in a story arc as Flo Shafer, wife of conman Phil Silvers), in the short-lived prehistoric sitcom It's About Time (as Mrs. Boss), and as the voice of Peg Bundy's unseen mom in Married... with Children. She auditioned for the part of Alice the Housekeeper on The Brady Bunch, a played which eventually went to Ann B. Davis. She also played guest roles on other shows from I Love Lucy to Home Improvement. In later years, she also worked as a voice actress, playing Ma Crackshell on DuckTales, a Theban woman in Disney's Hercules, and fortune teller Madame Xima in the video game The Curse of Monkey Island. During her last two years she remained active, with a regular voice role on As Told by Ginger, a voice bit in Shrek, a guest appearance in Becker, and most notably, receiving a Tony Award nomination for her stage role as accompanist Jeannette Burmeister in the Broadway muscial version of the The Full Monty. Five days after her last Full Monty appearance, she died from lung cancer at the age of 82 on August 23, 2001. Her ashes were later inurned at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.
  • Kathleen Freeman performed the voice of Old Woman in Shrek. Kathleen Freeman passed away on August 23, 2001 from lung cancer at the age of 82.
  • Freeman was born in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career as a child, dancing in her parents' vaudeville act. After a stint studying music at University of California, Los Angeles, she went into acting full-time, working on the stage, and finally entering films in 1948. She was a founding member, in 1946, of the Circle Players at The Circle Theatre, now known as El Centro Theatre.
  • Kathleen Freeman (February 17, 1919 - August 23, 2001) was an American film, television, and stage actress. In a career that spanned more than fifty years, she portrayed tart maids, secretaries, teachers, busybodies, nurses, and battle-axe neighbors, almost invariably to comic effect.
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