Edie McClurg

Active - 1976 - 2014  |   Born - Jul 23, 1951 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Children's/Family

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Short, pleasantly plump, and endowed with an endearingly resonant voice, American actress Edie McClurg is still best remembered as the perky school secretary in Ferris Beuler's Day Off. McClurg has been a favorite supporting performer since her 1976 film debut in Carrie, and much of her TV work has been as a comedy sketch performer, notably on Tony Orlando and Dawn (1976), The David Letterman Show (a 1980 daytimer), The Big Show (1980) and No Soap, Radio (1982). Ms. McClurg has also played many a nosy neighbor/in-law/secretary on such TV sitcoms as Harper Valley PTA (1982), Small Wonder (1985) and The Hogan Family (1988). McClurg received larger roles in the TV series The Kallikaks (1977), in which she was the wife of series star David Huddleston. In the years to come, McClurg would continue to keep up a prolific career, most memorably staring on the series Life with Louie and 7th Heaven, as well as in movies like Flubber, Van Wilder, and Fired Up!.

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  • A character actor best known for playing nosy neighbor/perky secretary types.
  • Was a member of the Groundlings comedy troupe for 10 years.
  • Made her film debut in 1976 in the horror flick Carrie.
  • Taught radio for eight years at the University of Missouri.
  • Received a national media award for her performance as a mentally challenged woman in the 1983 TV-movie Bill: On His Own.
  • Performed a one-woman play called It's Edie in Here in West Hollywood in 2003.