Actress Mary Wickes

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on November 18, 2001

Please tell me about Mary Wickes. She's great in everything she does.
—Dean E., Pennsylvania

Sadly, Mary Wickes died in October 1995 in Los Angeles of cancer at age 85. The beloved stage, screen, and television actress was probably best known for her comedic character roles in a career that began in the 1930s and spanned more than 60 years. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Wickes made her professional acting debut on Broadway in 1934. Her big Broadway break came with her comedic turn as Nurse Preen in The Man Who Came to Dinner, a role she reprised in the 1942 film version. Later film roles included Sister Mary Lazarus in the Sister Act movies and Aunt March in Little Women in 1994.