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Reta Shaw
Birth: Sep. 13, 1912
South Paris
Oxford County
Maine, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1982
Encino
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actress. Born in South Paris, Maine, the daughter of a New England orchestra leader. Educated in the arts, Shaw debuted in the play, ‘It Takes Two’, a 1946 dud. She went on to character roles in such Broadway musicals as ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ and ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’. She created the part of ‘Mabel’ when the musical 'The Pajama Game' opened on Broadway in 1954, a role she reprised in the film version. Shaw was one of the few members of the original Broadway cast of ‘Picnic’ to be invited to appear in the 1956 film version. She appeared in numerous supporting film roles throughout her career including perhaps most noticeably in ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Pollyanna’, ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’, and ‘The Ghost and Mr Chicken’. She also appeared in scores of televisions series including as Martha the housekeeper in the 1968-1970 series ‘The Ghost & Mrs. Muir’. Her last film was ‘Escape to Witch Mountain’ in 1975. She died in Encino, California at the age of 69. (bio by: Iola) 
 
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 Parents:
  Howard Walker Shaw (1883 - 1945)
  Edna M Easson Shaw (1887 - 1977)
 
 Spouse:
  William Abner Forester (1915 - 1988)*
 
 Sibling:
  Reta Shaw (1912 - 1982)
  Marguerite Morse Shaw (1916 - 1983)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Columbarium of Remembrance, niche 60402
GPS (lat/lon): 34.15002, -118.32053
 
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Record added: Nov 23, 1998
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Happy Belated Heavenly Birthday to a wonderful actress. RIP dear Reta...always.....
- Rosie
 Added: Sep. 15, 2017

- a sincere fan
 Added: Sep. 13, 2017

- Stacey Shaw
 Added: Sep. 13, 2017
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