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Ann Morgan Guilbert (October 16, 1928 – June 14, 2016), sometimes credited as Ann Guilbert, was an American television and film actress who portrayed a number of roles from the 1950s on, most notably as Millie Helper in 61 episodes of the early 1960s sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show,[1] and later Yetta Rosenberg, Fran Fine's doddering grandmother, in 56 episodes of the 1990s sitcom The Nanny.

Ann Morgan Guilbert
Born (1928-10-16)October 16, 1928
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Died June 14, 2016(2016-06-14) (aged 87)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1952–2016
Height 5 ft 1 in (155 cm)


Life and careerEdit

Guilbert was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the daughter of Dr. Gerald Guilbert, a physician, and his wife, Cornelia.[2] She attended Solomon Juneau High School and after moving to San Francisco studied theater arts at Stanford University.[3] She began her career as a featured performer and singer in the Billy Barnes Revues of the 1950s and 1960s.

After The Dick Van Dyke Show, she made guest appearances in many other television shows, including Adam-12 (the premiere episode), as well as The Andy Griffith Show, Love, American Style, That Girl, Dragnet, Picket Fences, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

She appeared in such feature films as A Guide for the Married Man, Viva Max!, Grumpier Old Men (as the mother of Sophia Loren's character), and Please Give, for which she received the CFA for Best Supporting Actress. In December, 2004, she appeared in the reunion of The Nanny titled The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember with Fran Drescher, Lauren Lane, Rachel Chagall and other cast members of The Nanny.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Guilbert was married to writer and producer George Eckstein from 1951 until their divorce in 1966. They had two children together, actress Hallie Todd and acting coach Nora Eckstein.[5] Her second marriage, to Guy Raymond, lasted from 1967 until his death in 1997.


Guilbert died in Los Angeles June 14, 2016, aged 87.[5] An episode of Life in Pieces was dedicated in her memory.





  1. ^ Willens, Michele (May 26, 1996). "They've Come a Long Way". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ann Morgan Guilbert". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ Guild, Leo (January 30, 1966). "Milwaukee's Nosy TV Neighbor". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved December 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Lifetime Television's 'The Nanny Reunion: a Nosh to Remember' Averages 3.6 Million Viewers". PR Newswire. December 7, 2004. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Ann Morgan Guilbert, Millie on 'Dick Van Dyke Show,' Dies at 87". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. June 15, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 

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