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Billie Bird

Highest Rated:   85% Sixteen Candles (1984)
Lowest Rated:   0% Jury Duty (1995)
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A vaudeville and burlesque comedienne who went on to essay numerous film roles after being discovered at an orphanage at the age of eight, actress Billie Bird would later use her stage experience to entertain troops on 12 USO tours in the 1960s and '70s. Born Bird Berniece Sellen in Pocatello, ID, in February 1908, her chance discovery came when a traveling road show stopped to entertain the children at the orphanage in which she resided and immediately recognized her talent. Subsequently traveling with the troupe and studying with a tutor in her downtime, Bird went on to form a sister act and later appeared in such "light opera" works as Show Boat and New Moon. A move to Los Angeles in 1943 found Bird performing at such hot spots as Club Moderne and The Colony Club, and, from 1947 to 1955, she showed off her skills on the guitar, clarinet, vibraphone, and bagpipes in burlesque shows. Although Bird made her screen debut in the 1921 comedy Grass Widowers, it was the 1950s that found her edging away from the stage and toward television and film. Particularly active in movies in the '50s, Bird appeared in more than a dozen films, including Somebody Loves Me (1952) and The Joker Is Wild (1957). The actress remained relatively active in the '60s, as well, although her career slowed to a notable pace in the '70s with the exception of a featured role in the popular late-'70s sitcom Benson. However, her screen career later picked up momentum with such notable '80s comedies as Sixteen Candles (1984), One Crazy Summer (1986), and Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987), and Bird made a successful return to the world of sitcom television as an aged, but feisty, support-group member in Dear John. Roles in such films as Home Alone (1990) and Dennis the Menace (1993) followed. In 1995, she made her final screen appearance in the Pauly Shore comedy Jury Duty. Stricken with Alzheimer's disease in the '90s, Bird died in November 2002. She was 92.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
0% Jury Duty
  • Rose
1995
27% Dennis the Menace
  • Edith Butterwell
1993
No Score Yet The End of Innocence
  • Mrs. Yabledablov
1990
65% Home Alone
  • Woman at Airport
1990
0% Police Academy 6 - City Under Siege
  • Mrs. Stanwyck
1989
36% Ernest Saves Christmas
  • Mary Morrissey
1988
No Score Yet Save the Dog
  • Actor
1988
0% Police Academy 4 - Citizens on Patrol
  • Mrs. Feldman
1987
25% Ratboy
  • Psychic
1986
56% One Crazy Summer
  • Grandma
1986
No Score Yet Help Wanted: Kids
  • Bea
1986
85% Sixteen Candles
  • Dorothy
1984
69% Max Dugan Returns
  • Older Woman
1983
29% Young Doctors in Love
  • Flower Girl
1982
25% Getting Straight
  • Landlady
1970
No Score Yet Las Vegas Hillbillies
  • Aunt Clementine
1966
No Score Yet The Cat Burglar
  • Mrs. Prattle
1961
No Score Yet Too Soon to Love
  • Mrs. Jefferson
1960
No Score Yet The Joker Is Wild
  • Ticket Seller/Cashier
1957
No Score Yet Woman's World
  • Woman in Bargain Basement
1954
No Score Yet Somebody Loves Me
  • Essie
1952
No Score Yet The Mating Season
  • Mugsy
1951
No Score Yet Darling, How Could You!
  • Rosie
1951
No Score Yet Dallas
  • School Teacher
1950

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
  • Ruthie
  • 1992
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Lillian
  • Guest
  • 1987
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
1984-1992
  • Tessie
  • 1987
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
  • Edna Ella
  • 1987
  • 1984
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • Polly
  • 1986
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
  • Ana Dix
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
  • Shirley
  • 1977
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
  • Woman
  • 1971

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