Gloria Henry – best known for her role as mother Alice Mitchell in the classic sitcom Dennis The Menace – passed away just a day after her 98th birthday.
The veteran actress – who starred in films alongside Hollywood legends, including Gene Autry and Lucille Ball – died Sunday at her Los Angeles home.
Henry’s daughter Erin Ellwood confirmed the news The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday.
Legend: Gloria Henry – best known for her role as mother Alice Mitchell in the classic sitcom Dennis The Menace – passed away just a day after her 98th birthday
That same day, Erin took to her Instagram to share a photo of her talented mother standing in front of the Global Angel Wings Project piece in Downtown LA’s Arts District with a heartfelt caption.
She wrote: ‘She’s flying now, free from her body. She left with countdown 4 3 2 1 at 3:40 pm. She was such an incredible woman in so many ways. The past year with her was beautiful and heartbreaking.
Thank you all for following and supporting me on this journey – this beautiful land mine. Goodbye mommy, I love your guts forever [heart emoji]
‘She’s flying now, free of her body’: The veteran actress – who has starred in films alongside Hollywood legends such as Gene Autry and Lucille Ball – died at her Los Angeles home on Sunday when her daughter Erin Ellwood confirmed the news with this Instagram post
From 1959 to 1963, Henry starred as Alice Mitchell in Dennis The Menace for four seasons.
She starred opposite Herbert Anderson as the hapless husband, Henry and Jay North as the titular character based on Hank Ketcham’s comic book character.
From her signature role, Henry helped out in a 2011 interview with KTLA-TV Los Angeles: ‘Many of the fans say,’ Oh, I always wish you were my mom ‘and’ My mom was jealous of you because I wanted you as a mom.
Signature Role: From 1959 to 1963, Henry starred as Alice Mitchell in Dennis The Menace for four seasons
Family First: She starred opposite Herbert Anderson as the hapless husband, Henry and Jay North as the titular character based on Hank Ketcham’s comic book character
“That’s kind of funny, because I don’t think my own kids felt that way.”
On Henry’s birthday, Erin shared a photo of a card from Dennis The Menace cartoonist Marcus Hamilton featuring the famous character with a candle cake spelling out ’98 ‘.
Her daughter captioned the image: ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! It’s been a tough month – we weren’t sure she’d make it to 98, but she did!
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!” On Henry’s birthday, Erin shared a photo of a card from Dennis The Menace, cartoonist Marcus Hamilton, showing the famous character holding a cake with candles spelling ’98’.
And what a delightful surprise to receive this card from #dennisthemenace #cartoonist Marcus Hamilton! Thank you Marcus, you definitely put a smile on her face! ‘
For her role in the classic sitcom, Henry co-starred with Cowboy Gene Autry in The Strawberry Roan (1948) and Riders In The Sky (1949).
She also appeared with Lucille Ball and William Holden in 1949’s Miss Grant Takes Richmond.
Her first role was in the 1947 drama Sport Of Kings.
Veteran actress: Her first role was in the 1947 drama Sport Of Kings
After Dennis the Menace, she had two guest roles on TV series Hazel in 1963 and The Farmer’s Daughter (1965) before retiring from acting for over a decade and a half.
In the 1980s and 1990s, she earned guest roles on such shows as Newhart, Simon & Simon, Silver Spoons, Dallas, Doogie Howser MD, and Mr. Belvedere.
Her last credit came in 1 2012 episode of Parks And Recreation playing Mary-Elizabeth Clinch.
Henry was born in New Orleans on April 2, 1923, and is survived by her three children, daughter Erin and sons Jeffrey and Adam, whom she shared with her late ex-husband Craig Ellwood.
She and Craig, a Los Angeles architect, were married from 1949 to 1977 when he died in 1992.
Talented: After Dennis the Menace, she had two guest roles on TV in 1963 and 1965 before taking a more than a decade and a half from acting and returning in the 1980s and 1990s with guest starring roles, including this one on Mr. Belvedere in 1990