Sunday, October 27, 2013

Mary Carver Dead at 89

Mary Carver, who played the mother of the two private-detective brothers on the long-running CBS series SIMON & SIMON, died October 18 following a brief illness. She was 89.

Carver starred as Cecilia Simon on 153 episodes of SIMON & SIMON, which ran from 1981-89.

In an acting career that spanned more than 60 years, Carver also played the mothers of Goldie Hawn in Protocol (1984) and James Woods in Best Seller (1987). In Arachnophobia (1990), her character was one of many who died from a spider bite.

Carver also was seen on the big screen in such films as From Here to Eternity (1953), Pay or Die (1960), I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977) and Safe (1995).

On television, the Los Angeles native had stints on MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN (as Mrs. Standfast), STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, THE DONNA REED SHOW, LOU GRANT and GUNSMOKE, among many others.

She appeared on Broadway in "Out West of Eighth" in 1951, "The Shadow Box" in 1977 and "Fifth of July" in the early 1980s and taught in the theater department at the University of Southern California.

Survivors include her daughters Lia and Athena. Donations may be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

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