Lurene Tuttle

Lurene Tuttle Headshot

Actress

Birth Date: August 20, 1907

Death Date: May 28, 1986

Birth Place: Pleasant Lake, Indiana

Character actress Lurene Tuttle, dubbed "The First Lady of Radio," got her start in vaudeville, though she eventually transitioned into film and carried on a rich television career spanning several decades. Tuttle was such a major fixture in radio that the advocacy she lent, along with Jack Benny and Bing Crosby, to the formation of the American Federation of Radio Artists, and subsequently the Radio Actors Guild, led to their official establishment. Though radio allowed Tuttle to play a wide range of characters, she is most known for playing busybody neighbors and stodgy yet charming older matriarchs. In the radio mystery-comedy "The Adventures of Sam Spade," Tuttle played nearly every female role, though primarily voiced Spade's secretary, Effie.

One of Tuttle's most notable radio-to-television transitions was with "The Red Skelton Show," which started as a radio variety program and became a television staple from the early 1950s through the early 1970s. Tuttle's major film appearances include her role as the sheriff's wife in Alfred Hitchock's classic thriller "Psycho," and as a gentlewoman and one of the three witches in Orson Welles's "Macbeth." Tuttle, however, became more well-known in the latter half of the 20th century for her role as dour yet warm-hearted nurse Hannah Yarby in the sitcom "Julia," starring Diahann Carroll; it was one of the first sitcoms to feature a female African American character in a leading role.

Credits

Amazing StoriesStream

Actor
Series
1985

Murder, She WroteStream

Guest Star
Agnes Cochran
Series
1984

Shooting Stars

Actor
Mrs Brand
Movie
1983

TestamentStream

Actor
Rosemary Abhart
Movie
1983
89%

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Actor
Miss Watson
Movie
1981

Human Experiments

Actor
Granny
Movie
1980

White Mama

Actor
Mrs. McIntyre
Movie
1980

Trapper John, M.D.

Guest Star
Series
1979

Hart to HartStream

Guest Star
Series
1979

The Dukes of HazzardStream

Guest Star
Granny Annie
Series
1979

Nutcracker Fantasy

Voice
Aunt Gerda
Movie
1979

Fantasy Island

Guest Star
Series
1978

The Manitou

Actor
Mrs. Herz
Movie
1978

Final Chapter: Walking Tall

Actor
Grandma Pusser
Movie
1977

AliceStream

Guest Star
Series
1976

Charlie's AngelsStream

Guest Star
Series
1976

Law and Order

Actor
Mrs. Brian O'Malley, Sr.
Movie
1976

Part 2, Walking Tall

Actor
Grandma Pusser
Movie
1975

Police Woman

Guest Star
Mrs. Volusia
Series
1974

Little House on the PrairieStream

Guest Star
Anna Simms
Series
1974

Heidi in the Mountains

Voice
Clara's Grandmather
Movie
1974

Live Again, Die Again

Actor
Betty Simpson
Movie
1974

God Bless Dr. Shagetz

Actor
Mildred Phelps
Movie
1974

Adam's Rib

Guest Star
Show
1973

Barnaby JonesStream

Guest Star
Series
1973

Walking Tall

Actor
Grandma Pusser
Movie
1973

Mrs. Sundance

Actor
Mrs. Lee
Movie
1973

The Rookies

Guest Star
Series
1972

The Partridge FamilyStream

Guest Star
Mrs. Sharp
Series
1970

The Mary Tyler Moore ShowStream

Guest Star
Bella Swann
Series
1970

Mod Squad

Guest Star
Female Clerk
Series
1968

Adam-12Stream

Guest Star
Series
1968

Julia

Actor
Hannah Yarby
Series
1968

The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit

Actor
Aunt Martha
Movie
1968

Mannix

Guest Star
Mrs. Gamble
Series
1967

Iron Horse

Guest Star
Series
1966

The Ghost and Mr. ChickenStream

Actor
Mrs. Natalie Miller
Movie
1966
67%

The Fortune Cookie

Actor
Mother Hinkle
Movie
1966

The MunstersStream

Guest Star
Series
1964
83%

An Apartment in Rome

Actor
Aunt Ethel
Show
1964

My Favorite MartianStream

Guest Star
Series
1963

Petticoat JunctionStream

Guest Star
Series
1963

Mr. Novak

Guest Star
Show
1963

Critic's Choice

Actor
Mother in "Sisters Three"
Movie
1963

The Beverly HillbilliesStream

Guest Star
Series
1962

Father of the Bride

Actor
Doris Dunston
Series
1961

Dr. Kildare

Guest Star
Series
1961

HazelStream

Guest Star
Series
1961

The Andy Griffith ShowStream

Guest Star
Little Old Lady
Series
1960

My Three SonsStream

Guest Star
Series
1960

Ma Barker's Killer Brood

Actor
Ma Barker
Movie
1960

The Twilight ZoneStream

Actor
Secretary
Series
1959
92%

BonanzaStream

Guest Star
Series
1959

The Grand Jury

Actor
Alma Crane
Show
1958

The Unchained Goddess

Voice
Meteora the Goddess of Weather
Movie
1958

Leave It to BeaverStream

Guest Star
Series
1957

Goodyear Theatre

Actor
Caroline Randall
Show
1957

The Restless Gun

Guest Star
Hannah Gilford
Series
1957

Perry MasonStream

Guest Star
Anna Houser
Series
1957

The Thin Man

Guest Star
Martha Cawthorine
Show
1957

Wagon TrainStream

Guest Star
Series
1957

Have Gun -- Will TravelStream

Guest Star
Series
1957

Tales of Wells FargoStream

Guest Star
Madie Armstrong
Series
1957

The Gray Ghost

Actor
Olivia Turner
Show
1957

Slander

Actor
Mrs. Doyle
Movie
1957

Untamed Youth

Actor
Judge Cecilia Steele Tropp
Movie
1957

Hour of Stars

Actor
Show
1955

GunsmokeStream

Guest Star
Anna Wilson
Series
1955

Marshal Dillon

Guest Star
Show
1955

Sincerely Yours

Actor
Mrs. McGinley
Movie
1955

The Glass SlipperStream

Actor
Cousin Loulou
Movie
1955

City in Flames

Actor
Molly O'Leary
Movie
1955

Life With Father

Actor
Vinnie Day
Show
1953

The Danny Thomas ShowStream

Guest Star
Series
1953

The Loretta Young Show

Actor
Show
1953

General Electric TheaterStream

Actor
Ginny Andrews
Series
1953

The Affairs of Dobie GillisStream

Actor
Mrs. Eleanor Hammer
Movie
1953

NiagaraStream

Actor
Mrs. Kettering
Movie
1953
78%

Give a Girl a BreakStream

Actor
Mrs. Doolittle
Movie
1953

Never Wave at a WAC

Actor
Capt. Murchinson
Movie
1952

Don't Bother to KnockStream

Actor
Ruth Jones
Movie
1952
100%

Room for One MoreStream

Actor
Miss Kenyon
Movie
1952

I Love LucyStream

Guest Star
Club President
Series
1951

Goodbye, My Fancy

Actor
Ellen Griswold
Movie
1951

Tomorrow Is Another Day

Actor
Mrs. Dawson
Movie
1951

The Whip Hand

Actor
Molly Loomis
Movie
1951

Macbeth

Actor
Gentlewoman/The Three
Movie
1948

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream HouseStream

Actor
Mary
Movie
1948
86%

Homecoming

Actor
Miss Stoker
Movie
1948

Heaven Only Knows

Actor
Mrs. O'Donnell
Movie
1947

Stand Up and Cheer!

Actor
Stenographer (uncredited)
Movie
1934