Lurene Tuttle

Biography: Raised on a ranch near the Arizona border, American actress Lurene Tuttle took acting lessons in Phoenix while still a child. Feisty and naturally funny, she found work with Murphy's Comedians, a vaudeville troupe, then played traditional ingenues in a San Antonio stock company. Though she never appeared on Broadway, Tuttle was a busy stage actress throughout the '20s and '30s. When stock work dried up in the Depression, Ms. Tuttle entered radio, where she became one the busiest actresses in the business, playing everything from sugary high schoolers to hardbitten gun molls. Many of her fans feel that her best radio work was as Effie Perrine, the effusive and efficient secretary on The Adventures of Sam Spade, in which Howard Duff played private eye Spade. Concentrating on films and television as big-time radio faded, Tuttle played small character parts in several movies and was a regular on the TV sitcoms Life with Father, Father of the Bride and Julia. One of the actress'Raised on a ranch near the Arizona border, American actress Lurene Tuttle took acting lessons in Phoenix while still a child. Feisty and naturally funny, she found work with Murphy's Comedians, a vaudeville troupe, then played traditional ingenues in a San Antonio stock company. Though she never appeared on Broadway, Tuttle was a busy stage actress throughout the '20s and '30s. When stock work dried up in the Depression, Ms. Tuttle entered radio, where she became one the busiest actresses in the business, playing everything from sugary high schoolers to hardbitten gun molls. Many of her fans feel that her best radio work was as Effie Perrine, the effusive and efficient secretary on The Adventures of Sam Spade, in which Howard Duff played private eye Spade. Concentrating on films and television as big-time radio faded, Tuttle played small character parts in several movies and was a regular on the TV sitcoms Life with Father, Father of the Bride and Julia. One of the actress' final performances was in the post-apocalyptic film drama Testament (1983), in which she was reunited with Leon Ames, her Life with Father and Father of the Bride costar. In private life, Lurene Tuttle was the wife of radio actor/announcer Mel Ruick, and the mother of musical comedy actress Barbara Ruick. Expand

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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Murder, She Wrote: Season 2 Sep 29, 1985 Grandma tbd
tbd St. Elsewhere: Season 2 Oct 26, 1983 Actor tbd
tbd The Love Boat: Season 6 Oct 2, 1982 Lady In Black tbd
tbd The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 2 Sep 21, 1979 Granny Annie 6.8
tbd Charlie's Angels (1977): Season 2 Sep 14, 1977 Mrs. Machlin tbd
tbd Alice (1985): Season 1 Aug 31, 1976 Mrs. Turner tbd
tbd Little House on the Prairie: Season 2 Sep 10, 1975 Agnes Molson / Anna Simms tbd
tbd The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Season 3 Sep 16, 1972 Bella Swann tbd
tbd Gunsmoke: Season 18 Sep 11, 1972 Anna Wilson tbd
tbd Petticoat Junction: Season 5 Sep 9, 1967 Mrs. Green tbd
tbd The Beverly Hillbillies: Season 5 Sep 14, 1966 Gladys tbd
tbd Bonanza: Season 8 Sep 11, 1966 Mrs. Cutler tbd
tbd I Dream of Jeannie: Season 1 Sep 18, 1965 Mama tbd
tbd My Favorite Martian: Season 3 Sep 12, 1965 Tessie Harvey tbd
tbd Perry Mason: Season 9 Sep 12, 1965 Henny tbd
tbd The Munsters: Season 1 Sep 24, 1964 Mrs. Morton tbd
tbd Perry Mason: Season 8 Sep 24, 1964 Josephine Kempton tbd
tbd Petticoat Junction: Season 2 Sep 22, 1964 Mary Alice Perkins tbd
tbd The Andy Griffith Show: Season 4 Sep 30, 1963 Shoplifter tbd
tbd Petticoat Junction: Season 1 Sep 24, 1963 Adelaide tbd
tbd Perry Mason: Season 6 Sep 27, 1962 Sarah tbd
tbd Leave It to Beaver: Season 6 Sep 27, 1962 Mrs. Evans tbd
tbd Father of the Bride: Season 1 Sep 29, 1961 Doris Dunston tbd
tbd The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1 Oct 3, 1960 Anabelle Silby 8.8
tbd Dennis the Menace: Season 2 Oct 2, 1960 Mrs. Courtland tbd
tbd Perry Mason: Season 4 Sep 17, 1960 Emma Bailey tbd
tbd Gunsmoke: Season 6 Sep 3, 1960 Mrs. Cumbers tbd
tbd Perry Mason: Season 3 Oct 3, 1959 Sarette Winslow tbd
tbd Make Room for Daddy: Season 6 Oct 13, 1958 Miss Burns tbd
tbd The Real McCoys: Season 2 Oct 2, 1958 Mrs. Purvis tbd