Dietrich, Dena 1928–

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DIETRICH, Dena 1928–


Born December 4, 1928, in Pittsburgh, PA.


Agent—J. Michael Bloom, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA, 90069.


Actress. Hostess and coproducer of Keys to the City, a video magazine tour of Los Angeles, cable television, 1983. Appeared in advertisements and provided voice–overs for commercials. Acting teacher, North Hollywood Theatre, CA, 1978–79, and at Performing Arts Cooperative, Los Angeles, CA, 1980.


Actors' Equity Association.


Television Appearances; Series:

Gracie Peterson, Adam's Rib, ABC, 1973.

Dena Madison, Karen, ABC, 1975.

Molly Gibbons, The Practice, NBC, 1976–77.

Ethel Armbrewster, The Ropers (also known as Three's Company's Friends, the Ropers), ABC, 1979–80.

Katie Wallace, Santa Barbara, NBC, 1985.

Voice, Gravedale High (animated; also known as Rick Moranis in Gravedale High), NBC, 1990–91.

Wilma Marlowe, All My Children (also known as All My Children: The Summer of Seduction), ABC, 1994.

Judge Ellen Armstrong, Philly, ABC, 2001–2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Audrey, The Strange and Deadly Occurrence, NBC, 1974.

Sylvia Carboni, Getting Married, CBS, 1978.

Dora, Baby Comes Home, CBS, 1980.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Della Kreller, "Cindy" (musical), Stage Two, WCBS–TV (New York City), 1964.

Wife, The Trouble with People, NBC, 1972.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Cry Uncle," The Mod Squad, ABC, 1973.

Estelle Milner, "Date with Robert," Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (also known as Friends and Lovers), CBS, 1974.

Nurse Betty, "Surprise," Emergency!, NBC, 1974.

Ilona Garland, Welcome Back, Kotter, ABC, 1975.

Mrs. Faber, Fay, NBC, 1975.

Marcia Giddings, "My Favorite Marcia," Space Academy, CBS, 1977.

Renee, "The Isosceles Triangle/El Kid/Last Hundred Bucks," The Love Boat, ABC, 1978.

"Is There a Doctor in the Big House?," Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1981.

Vida Aronov, "Muffy's Bat Mitzvah," Square Pegs, CBS, 1982.

Voice of Mrs. Farber, "Chocolate Fever," CBS Storybreak (animated), CBS, 1985.

Scooby's Mystery Funhouse (animated), ABC, 1985.

Mrs. Hilda Loomis, "Lucy, Legal Beagle," Life with Lucy, ABC, 1986.

Birdie Kravitz, "Accounts Receivable," thirtysomething, ABC, 1988.

Beryl Metcalf, "Break a Leg, Mom," Life Goes On, ABC, 1989.

Mrs. Whiteside, "Full Dress Burial," Good Grief, Fox, 1990.

Phyllis, "Goin' to the Chapel: Parts 1 & 2," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1990.

Ronnie's mother, "The One Where Charlene Meets Ronnie's Mother," Babes, Fox, 1990.

Ursula, "Someone to Watch over Me," Empty Nest, NBC, 1990.

Claire Griffin, "Mommy Dearest," Going Places, ABC, 1991.

Gloria Petrillo, "The Monkey Show: Parts 1 & 2," The Golden Girls, NBC, 1991.

Margaret Gardner, "Chris the Escort," Get a Life, Fox, 1991.

Mrs. Ubermeyer, "Whines and Misdemeanors," Blossom, NBC, 1992.

Aunt Helen, "The Sting," Empty Nest, NBC, 1993.

Maxine, "The Big Yes," Hearts Afire, CBS, 1994.

Clara Fuller, "Just a Gigolo," Baywatch Nights, syndicated, 1995.

Estelle Bloom, "Travels with Andy," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1995.

Mrs. Jacobsen, "A House Divided," Sisters, NBC, 1995.

Sophie McGinnis, My Wildest Dreams, Fox, 1995.

Mrs. White, "The Silent Tower," The Burning Zone, UPN, 1996.

Phyllis, "Phil's Dead—Long Live Phil's," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1996.

Gloria Heck, "B & B's B'n B," Boy Meets World, ABC, 1997.

Mrs. Wilson, You Wish, ABC, 1997.

"The 2nd Mrs. Buchman," Mad about You (also known as Loved by You), NBC, 1998.

Voice, "Return to La Grunta," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1999.

Voice of Maureen, "Escape from Party Island," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1999.

Appeared in The Dean Martin Show (also known as The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast and The Dean Martin Comedy Hour), NBC; The Dinah Shore Show, NBC; The Merv Griffin Show, NBC, syndicated, and CBS; and The Mike Douglas Show, syndicated. Also appeared in The American Bag, And Baby Comes Home, Four in Love, Night Visit, The Gary Collins Show, and The Kelley Lange Show.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Billie Barkley, But Mother! (also known as Mr. Right), NBC, 1979.

Mrs. Gallup, Gossip, NBC, 1979.

Turnabout, NBC, 1979.

Miss Pitts, Scamps, NBC, 1982.

Film Appearances:

Mrs. Vrooder, The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (also known as Vrooder's Hooch), c. 1974.

Mrs. Murchison, The Wild Party, American International Pictures, 1975.

Mother, On the Air Live with Captain Midnight (also known as Captain Midnight), Sebastian International, 1979.

Mother Carlisle, North Avenue Irregulars (also known as Hill's Angels), Buena Vista, 1979.

Competence, History of the World: Part I (also known as Mel Brooks' History of the World: Part 1), Twentieth Century–Fox, 1981.

Judge D. Greenwalt, Disorganized Crime (also known as Disorganised Crime), Buena Vista, 1989.

Mrs. Jacobs, The Sky Is Falling, Showcase Entertainment, 2000.

Stage Appearances:

Olive, Voice of the Turtle, Boothbay Playhouse, Boothbay, ME, 1950.

Out of This World, 1962.

Della Kreller, Cindy (musical), Gate Theatre, NY, 1963.

Lucy Brown, The Threepenny Opera (opera), Charles Playhouse, Boston, MA, 1963.

Mildred, The Freaking Out of Stephanie Blake, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1967.

Wilma, The Rimers of Eldritch, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1967.

Olive, Here's Where I Belong (musical), Billy Rose Theatre, New York Theatre, 1968.

Pauline, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 1971–73.

Mrs. January and Mr. Ex, Two, Actors Playhouse, Los Angeles, 1982–83.

Aunt Prudence, December 12, 1904, Pasadena Museum of History, Fenyes Mansion Holiday Open House, Pasadena, CA, 2004.

Appeared as Mrs. Strakosh and understudy for Mrs. Brice, Funny Girl (musical), Broadway production; appeared in East of Eden (musical); also appeared in other productions, including productions in the Los Angeles area.

Major Tours:

Mrs. Strakosh and understudy for Mrs. Brice, Funny Girl (musical), U.S. cities, c. 1965–67.

Stage Director:

Director of Dulcy, Los Angeles production.