Marge Redmond, who played the wry Sister Jacqueline on The Flying Nun and starred for a decade as a friendly country innkeeper in Cool Whip commercials, has died. She was 95.
Redmond death on Feb. 10 was revealed in the latest quarterly SAG-AFTRA magazine. No other details of her passing were immediately available.
Redmond also had small roles in three notable films: She portrayed Walter Matthau’s husband in Billy Wilder’s The Fortune Cookie (1966); was interviewed by Bruce Dern about a missing jeweler in Alfred Hitchcock’s final movie, Family Plot (1976); and played a jilted lover who gets her revenge on a killer (Jerry Adler) in Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993).
She was married to late actor Jack Weston, a fellow Clevelander, from 1950 until their divorce in the 1980s.
ABC’s The Flying Nun, starring Sally Field and set at the Convent San Tanco in San Juan, Puerto Rico, aired for three seasons, from 1967-70, with Redmond appearing on 80 episodes. She also set up the story for each installment as the show’s narrator and received an Emmy nomination after season two.
Shortly before she first appeared as Sister Jacqueline, Redmond played another nun, Sister Liguori, opposite Rosalind Russell in The Trouble With Angels (1966), directed by Ida Lupino. She said that surely helped her get her Flying Nun gig.
When Angela Lansbury went on vacation, Redmond stepped in for the star to portray Mrs. Lovett in the original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in 1979.
Later, she had a recurring role in 1991-92 as Ben’s (Andy Griffith) housekeeper Mrs. McCardle on NBC’s Matlock.
Appearing for years in 30-second increments as the friendly innkeeper Sarah Tucker, head of the Tucker Inn, in commercials for the nondairy whipped topping Cool Whip (“Tastes fresh as homemade”) helped Redmond supplement her bank account quite nicely.
“She works five days a year and makes six figures,” Weston once volunteered.
The eldest daughter of a firefighter, Redmond was born in Cleveland on Dec. 14, 1924. When she had trouble passing a class in typing that she needed to graduate from Lakewood High School in 1942, her friend suggested she collect the credits from the drama group instead.
Redmond also showed up on such films as Sanctuary (1961), The Disorderly Orderly (1964), Johnny Got His Gun (1971) and Hear No Evil (1993) and on television on My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, My Favorite Martian, The Munsters, The Rockford Files, Hunter, Columbo, Murphy Brown, Married … With Children and Law & Order.
She also did voice work for two installments of the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise.
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