Mary Treen

Mary Treen (born Mary Louise Summers, March 27, 1907 – July 20, 1989) was an American film and television actress, a familiar face who brought levity to the screen. A minor actress for much of her career, she managed to secure a plain, unassuming niche for herself in the Hollywood of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

Mary Treen
Mary Treen 1938.jpg
Treen in 1938
Mary Louise Summers

(1907-03-27)March 27, 1907
DiedJuly 20, 1989(1989-07-20) (aged 82)
Years active1930–1983
Herbert C. Pearson
(m. 1944; died 1965)
FamilyMort Mills (cousin)

Early yearsEdit

She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of attorney Don C. Summers and actress Helene Sullivan Summers. In 1908, when Mary Louise was 11 months old, her mother sued her father for divorce on the grounds that he failed to provide for her.[1] Her father died while she was an infant. She was reared in California by her mother and her stepfather, a physician. Treen attended the Westlake School for Girls and a convent where she tried out successfully in school plays. Treen was a Roman Catholic.[2]


During her career, Treen was seen in over 40 films.[3] Among her film roles were Tilly, the secretary of the Building and Loan, in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and the role of Pat in the drama Kitty Foyle (1940) starring Ginger Rogers.

Her longest-running role was as Hilda, the maid and baby nurse, in 64 episodes from 1962 to 1965 of the NBC and CBS sitcom The Joey Bishop Show. Earlier, in the 1954–1955 season, she was cast in thirty-eight episodes as Emily Dodger on the CBS sitcom Willy.[4]

Treen was a Republican who supported the campaign of Dwight Eisenhower during the 1952 presidential election.[5]


Treen died of cancer at her home in Newport Beach, California, on July 20, 1989. She was 82. Her only survivors were distant cousins.[6] One of her cousins was actor Mort Mills.

Partial filmographyEdit



  1. ^ "Mrs. Summers, Now on Stage, Wants Divorce". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, Missouri. November 21, 1908. p. 2. Retrieved February 2, 2016 – via  
  2. ^ Morning News, January 10, 1948, Who Was Who in America (Vol. 2).
  3. ^ "Mary Treen, Actress, 82". The New York Times. July 22, 1989. Retrieved 3 February 2016. – via General OneFile (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b "Mary Treen". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  5. ^ Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 34, Ideal Publishers
  6. ^ "Mary Treen, actress, dead at 82". Florida, Lakeland. Lakeland Ledger. July 21, 1989. p. 2A. Retrieved 3 February 2016.

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