Gloria Henry dead at 98: TV mom famous for ‘Dennis the Menace’ role dies just one day after her birthday at home

DENNIS the Menace star Gloria Henry died on Saturday one day after her 98th birthday, her family confirmed.

Her daughter Erin told The Hollywood Reporter that the famed TV Mom passed away in her home in Los Angeles.


Actress Gloria Henry died on Saturday aged 98[/caption]

Henry died in her Los Angeles home a day after her 98th birthday

Gloria Henry became a household name as the mom in Dennis the Menace[/caption]

Henry’s cause of death was not confirmed.

The Louisiana native had starred in movies with Gene Autry, Lucille Ball, and George Raft before breaking through in the role of Dennis the Menace’s mother in the 1960s CBS comedy.

She played Alice Mitchell for four seasons starting in October 1959 until it was canceled in 1963.

The role made her one of TV’s quintessential moms but led to her being typecast, according to Extra.


Henry (pictured center) played Dennis the Menace’s mom Alice Mitchell for four seasons[/caption]


The Louisiana native made mostly ‘B’ movies until Dennis the Menace[/caption]

She starred alongside Herbert Anderson as her husband, Henry, and Jay North as Dennis himself.

“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,’” she said in a 2011 interview with New

“Which is pretty funny, because I don’t think my own children felt that way.”

Born Gloria Eileen McEniry in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 2, 1923, the actress moved to Los Angeles as a teenager, where she worked on radio shows, commercials and performed in theater groups.

She made her movie debut in 1947 in Sport of Kings, Deadline reports, and appeared in mostly ‘B’ movies until Dennis the Menace made her a household name.

Henry later starred in 1949’s Miss Grant Takes Richmond with Lucille Ball and Rancho Notorious in 1952 with Marlene Dietrich.

Other movie roles included The Strawberry Roan (1948) Triple Threat (1948), Racing Luck (1948), Riders in the Sky (1949), and Kill the Umpire (1950).


Henry reportedly became typecast after her role in Dennis the Menace[/caption]


Henry starred in movies with Gene Autry, Lucille Ball, and George Raft[/caption]

She appeared in TV shows My Little Margie, Father Knows Best, Perry Mason and The Life of Riley before Dennis the Menace.

Henry took a break from acting but returned later in life with appearances in Simon & Simon, Newhart, Dallas, and Doogie Howser, M.D.

She last guest-starred in an episode of Parks and Recreation in 2012 but it was edited from the final cut.

Among her last movie roles was Her Minor Thing in 2005, a comedy directed by Walter Matthau’s son, Charles Matthau.

Henry was married to architect Craig Ellwood from 1949 until their 1977 divorce, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

She had three children: Jeffrey, Adam and Erin.

They paid tribute to her on social media, sharing images of her most iconic roles.

“Please raise a glass and a toast to our beautiful mother Gloria Henry for a life well lived,” her son Adam wrote, according to Extra.

“It is with great sadness to let of all my dear and amazing mother’s fans know that she passed peacefully… in her home in Los Angeles.”


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