Edie McClurg (born July 23, 1951) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, singer, musician and voice actress. She has performed in nearly 90 films and 55 television episodes, often portraying characters with a cheery Midwestern accent.

Early life

McClurg was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri on July 23, 1951 to Mac, a mailman, and Irene McClurg, an FAA secretary. She has an older brother, Bob, who is also an actor. McClurg attended the University of Missouri–Kansas City in the mid-1960s, where she also taught radio for eight years. She earned a master's degree from Syracuse University.[1]

At the University of Missouri–Kansas City, McClurg re-entered the entertainment field as a DJ, newswoman, and producer for the NPR affiliate KCUR-FM. There she portrayed John Ehrlichman in Conversation 26 of NPR's national broadcast of the Nixon Tape transcripts.[1]


McClurg's onscreen debut was as Helen Shyres in Brian De Palma's 1976 horror film Carrie starring Sissy Spacek. She was a comedy regular on the Tony Orlando and Dawn variety show (1976–1977) and then a cast member of The Kallikaks and The Richard Pryor Show. In 1980, McClurg regularly performed on The David Letterman Show[1] as Mrs. Marv Mendenhall. McClurg appeared in Elvira, Mistress of the Dark as Chastity Pariah.

Having been a member San Francisco's improv comedy the Pitcshel Players, she moved to Los Angeles and joined the Groundlings troupe.[2] She worked with fellow Groundling player Paul Reubens on his first play The Pee-wee Herman Show, in which she appeared in 1981 as "Hermit Hattie". McClurg has appeared in almost 90 films and 55 television episodes, usually typecast as a middle-aged, somewhat stubborn, and dim-witted Midwesterner.[1]

McClurg is known for a number of roles, including Mrs. Burns in A River Runs Through It, Grace in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Lucille Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati,[3] Lynn in She's Having a Baby, Willamae Jones in the television remake of Harper Valley PTA, Mrs. Patty Poole on The Hogan Family, Bonnie Brindle on Small Wonder, Marge Sweetwater in Back to School, the car rental agent in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Mrs. Violet Bleakman on Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Mrs. Beeker on 7th Heaven. She guest starred as Barri's mother in an episode of Campus Ladies. She portrayed one of the wicked stepsisters in the Faerie Tale Theatre production "Cinderella." McClurg appeared on several game shows, including Match Game, The $25,000 Pyramid, Password Plus, and Super Password.

McClurg contributed assorted voices for The Jetsons, The Snorks, Life with Louie, A Bug's Life, Justin and the Knights of Valour, Cars and Cars 2. She voiced Carlotta in The Little Mermaid, Mary in Wreck-It Ralph, Molly in "Home on the Range", Miss Right in The Secret of NIMH, the Dragon in the Nightmare Ned video game, Barsa in Kiki's Delivery Service, Fran on Higglytown Heroes, Mrs. Claus in Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen, Grandma Taters in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Violet Stimpleton in Rocket Power, Bea's mother in Fish Hooks, Winnie Pig in Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, Aunt Ruth in Bobby's World and Trudi Traveler in an episode of Wander Over Yonder. McClurg portrayed a nurse nicknamed "Angel of Death" in an episode of The Golden Girls. She also appeared in an episode of Hannah Montana as Cindy Merriweather. Continuing her passion for performing improvised comedy, McClurg is a player with Spolin Players.[2] On April 9, 2007, she made an appearance on Thank God You're Here. In 2011, she appeared in an episode of the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement.



Title Year Role Notes
Carrie 1976 Helen Film debut
Cracking Up 1977 Unnamed role
Cheech & Chong's Next Movie 1980 Gloria's Mom
Oh, God! Book II 1980 Mr. Benson's Secretary
Eating Raoul 1982 Susan
Pandemonium 1982 Blue's Mom
The Secret of NIMH 1982 Miss Right (voice) Animated film
Mr. Mom 1983 Check Out Lady
Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers 1984 The Queen
The Longshot 1986 Donna
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 Grace
Back to School 1986 Marge Sweetwater
Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 Car Rental Agent
She's Having a Baby 1988 Lynn
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark 1988 Chastity Pariah
Kiki's Delivery Service 1989 Bertha (voice) 1998 Disney dubbed version
The Little Mermaid 1989 Carlotta (voice) Animated Disney film
Curly Sue 1991 Secretary
Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation 1992 Winnie Pig (voice) Direct-to-video spin-off film
A River Runs Through It 1992 Mrs. Burns
Stepmonster 1993 Dr. Emmerson Direct-to-video
Airborne 1993 Aunt Irene
Natural Born Killers 1994 Mallory's Mom
Under the Hula Moon 1995 Dolly
Carpool 1996 Franklin's Mom (voice only)
Casper: A Spirited Beginning 1997 Librarian
Flubber 1997 Martha George
Ted 1998 Mother
Holy Man 1998 Laundry Lady #2
The Rugrats Movie 1998 Nurse (voice) Animated film
A Bug's Life 1998 Dr. Flora (voice) Animated Disney/Pixar film
Can't Stop Dancing 1999 Beverly McGuire
The Manor 1999 Mrs. Ellen French Based on the play Ravenscroft
My Neighbors the Yamadas 1999 Unnamed role (voice) Disney English dubbed version
Hanging Up 2000 Esther
Meeting Daddy 2000 Dot
The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea 2000 Carlotta (voice) Direct-to-video animated Disney film
Van Wilder 2002 Campus Tour Guide Alternative title: Van Wilder: Party Liaison
Changing Hearts 2002 Nurse Rollins
The Master of Disguise 2002 Mother Disguisey
Now You Know 2002 Pat
Air Bud Spikes Back 2003 Gram Gram Direct-to-video
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star 2003 Mrs. Gertrude
Fish Without a Bicycle 2003 Greta
To Kill a Mockumentary 2004 Estelle Direct-to-video
Home on the Range 2004 Mollie the pig (voice) Animated Disney film
Breaking Dawn 2004 Nurse Olivia
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas 2004 Santa's Workshop Announcer (voice) Direct-to-video animated film
Cars 2006 Minny (voice) Animated Disney/Pixar film
Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! 2006 Peggy Jones / Sea Salt Sally (voice) Direct-to-video animated film
Simple Things 2007 Maggie Perkins
Fired Up! 2009 Ms. Klingerhoff
Holyman Undercover 2010 Martha
Cars 2 2011 Minny (voice) Animated Disney/Pixar film
Foodfight! 2012 Mrs. Butterworth (voice) Animated film
Wreck-It Ralph 2012 Mary (voice) Animated Disney film
Frozen 2013 Gerda (voice) Animated Disney film
A Long Way Off 2014 Mrs. Grey
Theresa Is a Mother 2016 Cloris McDermott
Zootopia 2016 Unnamed role (voice) Animated Disney film
Eyes Upon Waking 2017 Nurse Jane


Title Year Role Notes
Tony Orlando and Dawn 1976 Unknown role Regular
The Kallikaks 1977 Venus Kallikak 5 episodes
The Richard Pryor Show 1977 Various roles 4 episodes (including 2 uncredited)
ABC Afterschool Special 1978 Esther Greene Template:Hidden
Hello, Larry 1979 Unknown role Template:Hidden
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo 1979 Unknown role(s) (voice) Unknown episodes
WKRP in Cincinnati 1979–1980 Lucille Tarlek Template:Hidden
Harper Valley PTA 1981 Willamae Jones Template:Hidden
The Incredible Hulk 1981 Sister Mary Catherine Template:Hidden
Alice 1982 Imogene Template:Hidden
American Playhouse 1982 Switchboard Operator Template:Hidden
No Soap, Radio 1982 Marion Template:Hidden
Madame's Place 1982 Solaria Template:Hidden
The Jeffersons 1982 Audrey Blume Template:Hidden
The Lost Satellite 1983 Various roles Unknown episodes
The Dukes 1983 Unknown role(s) (voice) Template:Hidden
We Got It Made 1983 Louise Template:Hidden
Snorks 1984 Mrs. Seaworthy (voice) Unknown episodes
Diff'rent Strokes 1979–1984 Betty Template:Hidden
Trapper John, M.D. 1984 Kathleen Wheeler Template:Hidden
The Jeffersons 1985 Woman on TV Template:Hidden
Faerie Tale Theatre 1985 Bertha Template:Hidden
The Jetsons 1985 Unnamed role (voice) Template:Hidden
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo 1985 Selma (voice) Template:Hidden
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo 1985 Telula (voice) Template:Hidden
Moonlighting 1986 Beauty Salon Customer Template:Hidden
Together We Stand 1986 Fannie Template:Hidden
Mr. Belvedere 1986 Penny Nichols Template:Hidden
Small Wonder 1985–1987 Bonnie Brindle Template:Hidden
Timeless Tales from Hallmark 1990 Mathilda (voice) Template:Hidden
Gravedale High 1990 Unnamed role (voice) Unknown episode(s)
Valerie 1986–1991 Mrs. Patty Poole Template:Hidden
Darkwing Duck 1991 Unnamed role(s) Template:Hidden
The Golden Girls 1991 Nurse DeFarge Template:Hidden
The New WKRP in Cincinnati 1991 Lucille Tarlek Template:Hidden
Roseanne 1992 Harriet Template:Hidden
Dinosaurs 1992 Shopper Template:Hidden
Drexell's Class 1991–1992 Principal Marilyn Ridge Template:Hidden
Goof Troop 1992 Jean (voice) Template:Hidden
Full House 1992 Jungle Jenny Template:Hidden
Tom & Jerry Kids 1990–1992 Various roles (voice) Template:Hidden
Tiny Toon Adventures 1991–1992 Winnie Pig (voice) Template:Hidden
Seinfeld 1993 Mrs. Oliver Template:Hidden
Bobby's World 1990–1993 Unknown role(s) (voice) Template:Hidden
The Addams Family 1992–1993 Mrs. Normanmeyer Template:Hidden
Problem Child 1993 Unknown role(s) (voice) Unknown episode(s)
Getting By 1993 Lilah Template:Hidden
Monty 1994 God Template:Hidden
The Mommies 1994 Nurse Judy Template:Hidden
L.A. Law 1994 Cille Vonzel Template:Hidden
A.J.'s Time Travelers 1995 Marie Curie Template:Hidden
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters 1995 Mom/Wise Gal/Rt. Arm (voice) Template:Hidden
Empty Nest 1995 Peggy Prockett Template:Hidden
Night Stand with Dick Dietrick 1996 Mabel Template:Hidden
Local Heroes 1996 Mrs. Penny Template:Hidden
Picket Fences 1996 Mother Dinkle Template:Hidden
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper 1996 Willa Winkle Template:Hidden
Homeboys in Outer Space 1996 Demille Template:Hidden
Touched by an Angel 1997 Loafer Template:Hidden
Melrose Place 1997 Hilda Morris Template:Hidden
Married... with Children 1997 Mrs. Tot Template:Hidden
Perversions of Science 1997 The Farmer's Wife Template:Hidden
Nash Bridges 1997 Sidney Dunlop Template:Hidden
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1997 Maw Maw Template:Hidden
Life with Louie 1995–1998 Ora Anderson Template:Hidden
The Lionhearts 1998 Unknown role(s) (voice) Template:Hidden
Columbo 1998 Mrs. Lerby Template:Hidden
Maggie Winters 1998 Arlene Template:Hidden
Mad About You 1999 Rosie Template:Hidden
Crashbox 1999 Female Polite Voice Template:Hidden
Caroline in the City 1998–1999 Margaret Duffy Template:Hidden
Cow and Chicken 1999 Sis/Lunch Lady (voice) Template:Hidden
Nash Bridges 1999 Bridgit Template:Hidden
The Kids from Room 402 1999–2000 Mrs. McCoy Template:Hidden
CatDog 2000 Mrs. Grock Template:Hidden
Batman Beyond 2000 Ms. Martel Template:Hidden
Nash Bridges 2000 Crissy Template:Hidden
Providence 2001 Meryl Ridley Template:Hidden
Malcolm in the Middle 2001 Julie Template:Hidden
Clifford the Big Red Dog 2002 Mrs. Violet Bleakman (voice) Template:Hidden
Rocket Power 1999–2004 Violet Stimpleton Template:Hidden
The Batman 2004 Mrs. Brown Template:Hidden
Fat Actress 2005 Nosy Lady Template:Hidden
American Dragon: Jake Long 2005 The Tooth Fairy Template:Hidden
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 2005–2006 Grandma Taters Template:Hidden
American Dragon: Jake Long 2006 Bertha (voice) Template:Hidden
7th Heaven 1996–2006 Mrs. Beeker Template:Hidden
Campus Ladies 2007 Unnamed role Template:Hidden
Higglytown Heroes 2005–2007 Fran Template:Hidden
Miss Guided 2008 Mrs. Pool Template:Hidden
Hannah Montana 2008 Cindy Merriwether Template:Hidden
Curious George 2008 The Doorwoman (voice) Template:Hidden
Days of Our Lives 2009 Airline Passenger Template:Hidden
Titan Maximum 2009 Gammy (voice) Template:Hidden
Pair of Kings 2011 June Template:Hidden
Elvira's Movie Macabre 2011 Bernadette, Mistress of the Wind Template:Hidden
Portlandia 2011 Mayor's Secretary Template:Hidden
Rules of Engagement 2011 Silvia Template:Hidden
Desperate Housewives 2012 Connie Thomas Template:Hidden
The Life & Times of Tim 2008–2012 Helen (voice) Template:Hidden
Doc McStuffins 2012 MuuMuu (voice) Template:Hidden
Fish Hooks 2010–2012 Mrs. Goldfishberg (voice) Template:Hidden
Two and a Half Men 2013 Helen Template:Hidden
Sketchy 2014 Stella Template:Hidden
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2005–2014 Madge Template:Hidden
TripTank 2014 Dawn (voice) Template:Hidden
Wander Over Yonder 2014 Trudi Traveler Template:Hidden
Ben 10: Omniverse 2014 Vera Tennyson (voice) Template:Hidden
Regular Show 2014 Muscle Man's Mom (voice) Template:Hidden
NCIS 2014 Mrs. Ruth Potts Template:Hidden
Mike & Molly 2015 Paula Martin Template:Hidden
Bad Shorts 2015 Grace Template:Hidden
Transformers: Robots in Disguise 2016 Realtor Template:Hidden

Television film

  • Once Upon a Brothers Grimm ... Esmerelda (1977) (segment: "Hansel and Gretel")
  • Bill: On His Own ... Angela (1983)
  • Crash Course ... Beth Crawford (1988)
  • Dance 'Til Dawn ... Ruth Strull (1988)
  • Menu for Murder ... Patsy Webber (1990)
  • Ring of the Musketeers ... Temp Agency Agent (1992) (uncredited role)
  • Inhumanoid ... Dr. Marianne Snow (1996)
  • Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery (1998)
  • Everything You Want ... Mary Louise Morrison (2005)

Additional credits

  • The Paragon of Comedy (1983 - television special)
  • Christmas Everyday (1986 - television special)
  • Tiny Toons Spring Break (1994 - television special)
  • Life with Louie: A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman ... Ora Anderson (1994 - television short)
  • Escape from Monkey Island ... Miss Rivers (2000 - video game)
  • Stinky Pierre (2003 - television short)
  • Tak 3: The Great Juju Challenge ... Stone Crusher (2005 - video game)
  • Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen ... Mrs. Claus (2006 - animated television special)
  • Toot & Puddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas (2006 - direct-to video animated film)
  • What's Wrong with Ruth ... Mother (2007 television short animation)
  • The Outlaw Emmett Deemus ... Mary (2008 - short film)
  • Stage Two ... Maggie's Mom (2008 - short film)
  • The Not Goods Anthology: This Is Absolutely Not Good ... Herself (2010 - video short)
  • dated. ... Edie (2011 - video short)
  • Heal Thyself ... Doris Green (2012 - Short film)
  • Curious George Swings Into Spring ... Lydia / Mom / Lady (2013 - video animation)
  • The Gift ... Old Lady (2014 - short film)
  • Eyes Upon Waking ... Nurse Jane (2014 - short film)
  • How to Become an Outlaw (2014)


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  3. Kassel, Michael B. (1993-06-15). America's Favorite Radio Station: WKRP in Cincinnati. Popular Press. pp. 142–. ISBN 9780879725846. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 

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