Friday, March 12, 2010

Your Mental Sorbet: Mother Dexter's Wedding Bell Blues

Here is another "Mental Sorbet" that we could use to momentarily forget about those things that leave a bad taste in our mouths.

Judith Lowry (July 27, 1890 - November 29, 1976) was best remembered role was as the acid-tongued "Mother Dexter" on the 1970s sitcom, Phyllis, which starred Cloris Leachman. Phyllis is the second spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (the first being Rhoda) created by Ed Weinberger and Stan Daniels. The show starred Cloris Leachman as Phyllis Lindstrom, who was previously Mary Richards' landlady on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. In the new series, Phyllis and her daughter Bess Lindstrom moved from Minneapolis to San Francisco, after the death of her husband, Dr. Lars Lindstrom. It was revealed that San Francisco was Phyllis' and Lars' original hometown, prior to their moving to Minneapolis, and that his mother and stepfather still resided there.

Fiesty octogenarian Mother Dexter is late for her wedding because Phyllis forgot to pick her up, so she is forced to hail a taxi on her wedding day.
In a 1976 episode, Jonathan's cranky and outspoken Mother Dexter (Judith Lowry), Phyllis' main nemesis, married Arthur Lanson (Burt Mustin); both Lowry and Mustin died within a month of the episode's airing.

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Tony Figueroa
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