Florida Friebus (October 10, 1909 [note 1] – May 27, 1988) was an American writer and actress of stage, film, and television. Friebus's best-known roles were Winifred "Winnie" Gillis, the sympathetic mother of Dwayne Hickman's character Dobie Gillis on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,:267 and Mrs. Lillian Bakerman on The Bob Newhart Show.
Friebus in 1968
|Died||May 27, 1988 (aged 78)|
|Other names||Florida Freebus|
(m. 1934; div. 1952)
Born in Auburndale, Massachusetts,[note 2] Friebus hailed from an East Coast theatrical family that included her father, Theodore Friebus, a leading stage actor with Boston's Castle Square Players in the early 1900s and a minor silent-film actor, and her maternal grandmother, Georgine Flagg, who scandalized her own family in the late 19th century by venturing onstage as a player with Augustin Daly's stock company in Manhattan.
Friebus was known to make it clear to curious people that she was named after her mother's favorite aunt — not after the state of Florida. Her paternal grandmother was named Florida as well.
She appeared on television in such programs as The Joseph Cotten Show, The Ford Theatre Hour, Perry Mason, Bachelor Father, Father Knows Best, The Rookies, Peyton Place, Ironside, Gunsmoke, Sanford and Son, Ben Casey, The Doris Day Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Room 222, The Partridge Family, Chico and the Man, Barnaby Jones, Alice, and Rhoda.
|1958||High School Confidential!||Mrs. Staples||Uncredited|
|1950||Lights Out||1 episode|
|Pulitzer Prize Playhouse||1 episode|
|1950–1951||The Philco Television Playhouse||2 episodes|
|1950–1953||Kraft Television Theatre||3 episodes|
|1953||Goodyear Television Playhouse||1 episode|
|1954||Lamp Unto My Feet||1 episode|
|1956||Hallmark Hall of Fame||Karoline||1 episode|
|The Alcoa Hour||Mrs. Franklin||1 episode|
|1957||The Joseph Cotten Show||Helen Fogarty||1 episode|
|1957–1958||Bachelor Father||Mrs. Banks
|1958||Father Knows Best||1 episode|
|1959||Playhouse 90||1 episode|
|The Donna Reed Show||Helen Brooks||1 episode|
|1959–1963||The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis||Winifred Gillis||87 episodes|
|1960||The Chevy Mystery Show||Lois Halsey||1 episode|
|1963||Perry Mason||Marian Lamont||1 episode|
|1964||The New Phil Silvers Show||Mrs. Bradshaw||1 episode|
|Peyton Place||Maggie Riggs||Unknown episodes|
|1965||My Mother the Car||Miss McFee||1 episode|
|1966||This Is the Life||1 episode|
|Ben Casey||1 episode|
|1968||Ironside||Middle-Aged Woman||1 episode|
|1971–1972||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Mrs. Marshall
|1972||Sanford and Son||Woman||1 episode|
|Ghost Story||Mrs. Prescott||1 episode|
|The Doris Day Show||Miss Peabody||1 episode|
|Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law||1 episode|
|1972–1978||The Bob Newhart Show||Mrs. Lillian Bakerman||17 episodes|
|1973||Room 222||1 episode|
|Cannon||Julie McElroy||1 episode|
|Gunsmoke||Mrs. Tavers||1 episode|
|The Partridge Family||Mrs. Hendleman||1 episode|
|The Rookies||Sister Elizabeth||1 episode|
|1973–1977||Barnaby Jones||Molly McMurty
|1975||Chico and the Man||Althea Nelson||1 episode|
|Miles to Go Before I Sleep||Ruth||Television movie|
|Love Nest||Jenny||1 episode|
|Kate McShane||1 episode|
|1976||Amelia Earhart||Miss Perkins||Television movie|
|ABC Weekend Special||Miss Kelly||1 episode|
- McGraw, Carol (June 2, 1988). "Florida Friebus; Played Mother of Dobie Gillis". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on June 6, 2017. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
- Terrace, Vincent (January 10, 2014). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. pp. 119–120. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
- "A Question for You, Mr. Shakespeare". Jefferson City Post-Tribune. May 18, 1962. p. 16. Retrieved June 6, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Florida Friebus papers, 1926-1988, Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; accessed July 9, 2015.