Edie McClurg

Edie McClurg

Jul. 23rd, 1951
Born in
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Edie McClurg's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Rocket Power TV Show
Rocket Power
The Addams Family TV Show
The Addams Family
Small Wonder TV Show
Small Wonder
The Hogan Family TV Show
The Hogan Family
The Kids from Room 402 TV Show
The Kids from Room 402
Higglytown Heroes TV Show
Higglytown Heroes
Perversions of Science TV Show
Perversions of Science
Together We Stand TV Show
Together We Stand
No Soap, Radio TV Show
No Soap, Radio
The Kallikaks TV Show
The Kallikaks

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Edie McClurg began her performing career at age five with the oxymoronic Kansas City Rhythm Kids. She retired when the dance teacher was arrested on a morals charge for "dating" the tall and lissome, yet underage, star dancer in the troupe. That girl's big number culminated with a back-bend where Edie drank a soda upside down (of course).

Edie has a Master of Science from Syracuse and taught radio at the University of Missouri/Kansas City for eight years. There she re-entered the entertainment field as a DJ, newswoman and producer for the NPR affiliate KCUR-FM. Her proudest moment was portraying John Ehrlichman in Conversation 26 of the NPR national broadcast of the Nixon Tape Transcripts. Thus did Edie contribute to the peaceful overthrow of the government of an unindicted co-conspirator.

Her career-long devotion to satirical improvisation included an impressive tenure with The Groundlings. She went on to create original characters, performed on the daytime "The David Letterman Show" (1980): Mrs. Marv Mendenhall, Dot Duncan, Whirly June Pickens, Officer Jeanelle Archer, 105-year-old Edie, etc. TV has been a home to many of Edie's characters - on "The Richard Pryor Show" (1977); as Lucille Tarlek, wife of mega-obnoxious ad salesman Herb Tarlek on _"WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978)) and as Mrs. Poole on _"Hogan Family, The" (1979)_.

Her movie career growth paralleled her ten years with The Groundlings. Her first film was the teen horror favorite Carrie (1976). She did several John Hughes (I) films, including Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987), She's Having a Baby (1988) and _Curly Sue (1990)_. Offbeat cult faves are Eating Raoul (1982), Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988), HBO's The Pee-wee Herman Show (1981) (TV), and Martin Mull's The History of White People in America (1985) (TV).

In more mainstream films, she received a National Media Award for her portrayal of a mentally disabled woman in Bill: On His Own (1983) (TV), starring Mickey Rooney (I). She's acted for Robert Redford (I) in A River Runs Through It (1992), for Oliver Stone (I) in Natural Born Killers (1994), for Diane Keaton in Hanging Up (2000) and she was named Best Actress of the Chicago Alternative Film Festival for her portrayal of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski's mother.

A few of Edie's most recent accomplishments: "Fat Actress" (2005)' Rude Lady in Restroom, David Spade's nasty neighbor in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), Dana Carvey's mother in Sony Pictures' The Master of Disguise (2002), Jane Kaczmarek's friend in _"Malcolm in the Middle" (2000)_ (qg), guest-starring on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000), NBC's "Providence" (1999), WB's "7th Heaven" (1996), Lea Thompson (I)'s mother on "Caroline in the City" (1995) and several animation roles for TV and in features - such as The Little Mermaid (1989), The Rugrats Movie (1998) and as Dr. Flora in A Bug's Life (1998). She just completed voice sessions as a Midwestern minivan for Pixar's Cars (2006).

  • She has a BA in Speech Education and a Master of Science from Syracuse and taught radio at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for eight years. She was Operations Manager, News Anchor, Documentary and Fine Arts Producer for NPR affiliate KCUR-FM and National Public Radio 1966-1974.
  • Her career-long devotion to satirical improvisation began with the Pitschel Players in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Then, she did a stint as one of the stand-up comediennes working for free at the Comedy Store. When she started, the other two women were Shirley V (_"What's Happening!!" (1976)_ (qv)) and a protégé of 'Redd Foxx (I)' (qv)'s who had woven bells into her braids.
  • She was an original member of The Groundlings from 1975-1985. In the late 1980s, she studied with the Mother-Creator of all Improv Comedy, 'Viola Spolin' (qv) and continues to improvise satiric comedy with the Spolin Players at the Second City Theatre in West Hollywood.
  • Played a secretary in both _Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)_ (qv) and _Back to School (1986)_ (qv) -- both school comedies opened on June 13, 1986.

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