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Mary Wickes
Birth: Jun. 13, 1910
University City
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Death: Oct. 22, 1995
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actress. Born Mary Isabelle Wickenhauser in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of a well-to-do St. Louis banker, Wickes was an excellent student, completing a political science degree at the Washington University in St. Louis by the age of 18. She originally intended becoming a lawyer. She made her Broadway debut in 1934. Wickes began acting in films in 1939. One of her earliest notable film appearances was in 'The Man Who Came to Dinner' in 1942. She first attracted attention in the film 'Now, Voyager', also released in 1942, as the nurse. The same year she had a large part in the Bud Abbott and Lou Costello comedy 'Who Done It?' She continued playing supporting roles in films during the next decade. In the 1950s she played regular roles in the television sitcoms 'Make Room for Daddy' and 'Dennis the Menace'. She appeared in the holiday classic 'White Christmas' in 1954. In the 60s and 70s she played frequent guest roles in each of her friend Lucille Ball's television series, 'I Love Lucy', 'Here's Lucy' and 'The Lucy Show'. She appeared regularly in a children's television show; 'Sigmund and the Sea Monsters'. By the 1980s her appearances in television series such as 'M*A*S*H', 'The Love Boat', 'Kolchak: The Night Stalker' and 'Murder, She Wrote' made her a easily recognizable character actress. In the 1990s she appeared in 'Postcards From the Edge' and achieved the biggest success of her career in 'Sister Act' in 1992 as Sister Mary Lazarus. She reprised the role in the sequel 'Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit'. Her final film appearance was in the 1994 film version of 'Little Women'. Hospitalized in 1995, Wickes died after cancer surgery. (bio by: Iola) 
Family links: 
  Frank A. Wickenhauser (1880 - 1943)
  Mary Isabella Shannon Wickenhauser (____ - 1965)
Shiloh Valley Cemetery
St. Clair County
Illinois, USA
Plot: 26
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Mar 12, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 8832
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Your humor and wit were unique and flawless. I followed you from Abbott and Costello to Sister Act. I always loved watching you. Rest in Peace Mary Wickes you were a Class Act.
- Liz Torres
 Added: May. 8, 2016
A true genuine character actress if there ever was one! One of the greats! Remembering you and thankful for the countless hours of enjoyment you provided! Your work will last for countless years to come!
- Gene Jenkins
 Added: Apr. 29, 2016
In remembrance of you and your career in films. God Bless.
- R. Owens
 Added: Apr. 5, 2016
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