Gloria Henry became a household name in the late 1950s when she landed the role of Alice Mitchell, the title character Dennis’ mother on the hit sitcom “Dennis the Menace.”
- Died: April 3, 2021 (Who else died on April 3?)
- Details of death: Died at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 98.
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One of the great TV moms
After a minor movie career in the 1940s and ‘50s, Henry landed her most notable role, playing Alice Mitchell, mother of the title character in TV’s “Dennis the Menace.” She starred as the gentle, loving mother of the mischievous little boy from 1959 until the show’s cancellation in 1963. Later, Mitchell made appearances on TV shows including “Hazel,” “Falcon Crest,” “Dallas,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” and “Parks and Recreation.” Her film credits include “Miss Grant Takes Richmond” (1949) with Lucille Ball (1911–1989) and “Gang War” (1958) with Charles Bronson (1921–2003).
“Many of the fans say, ‘Oh, I always wished you were my mom’ and ‘My mom was jealous of you, because I wanted you for a mom.’ Which is pretty funny, because I don’t think my own children felt that way. I have a daughter and two sons. All they knew was, I was off to work, and I wasn’t with them as much as they would have liked me to be.” –from an interview with Mark Voger
Tributes to Gloria Henry
Full obituary: USA Today