Wednesday, July 11, 2012

JANE DULO (1917 - 1992)

Supporting actress Jane Dulo launched her performing career in vaudeville at age ten. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 13, 1917. She specialized in television comedies and was involved with the medium since the 1950s. Best remembered as 99’s Mother (which is how the nameless role was billed), she was introduced when Max and 99 married during the fourth season of Get Smart. She played raucous housewives, man-hungry spinsters, and bewildered tourists in everything from Sgt. Bilko to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. As a navy nurse she chased Ernest Borgnine for the first two seasons of McHale’s Navy and had a straight role as a nurse for one season of Medical Center. Other television credits include guest appearances on series such as The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Joey Bishop Show, and The Andy Griffith Show. Fans of the long-running TV variety show Sha Na Na may remember her as the woman in the window. She made her movie debut in Roustabout in 1964 and went on to have a sporadic film career. She also appeared occasionally on and off Broadway.  Jane Dulo died May 22, 1992, in Los Angeles following heart surgery. 

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