Hollywood is in mourning this week after news broke that Ann Morgan Guilbert, best known for playing the next-door neighbor Millie Helper on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s, passed away on Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 87 years-old.
The New York Times reported that Guilbert’s daughter Nora Eckstein said her mother died of cancer
Guilbert began her career on Broadway in the 1950s before getting her big break on The Dick Van Dyke Show. She became a fan favorite playing the perky friend of Laura Petrie, played by Mary Tyler Moore, and the wife of Jerry Helper, a dentist, played by Jerry Paris.
Guilbert was also known for playing Fran Drescher’s feisty grandmother, Yetta, on the 1990s sitcom The Nanny. She also appeared in Nicole Holofcener’s 2010 movie Please Give, a Sundance Film Festival selection and most recently in the CBS comedy Life In Pieces.
The actress’s theater credits include “The Matchmaker,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Waiting for Godot,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Harvey.” She appeared on Broadway in 2005 in the comedy “A Naked Girl on the Appian Way,” which starred Jill Clayburgh and Richard Thomas.
Born on Oct. 16, 1928, in Minneapolis, Guilbert graduated from the Stanford University’s Department of Speech and Drama. She was once married to producer and actor George Eckstein, with whom she had two daughters who survive her: the actress Hallie Todd and Ms. Eckstein, a writer, actress and acting teacher. Guilbert divorced Eckstein in 1966 and later married Guy Raymond, who died in 1997.
Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Guilbert’s family during this difficult time!