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Millicent Mary Lillian Martin (born 8 June 1934) is a BAFTA award-winning English actress, singer, and comedian, who was the lone female singer of topical songs on the weekly BBC Television satire show That Was The Week That Was known as TW3 (1962–1963). For her work on Broadway, she received Tony Award nominations for Side by Side by Sondheim (1977) and King of Hearts (1978), both for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Other television roles include her recurring role as Gertrude Moon in the NBC sitcom Frasier (2000–04) and Joan Margaret in Grace & Frankie.
Millicent Mary Lillian Martin
8 June 1934
|Occupation||Actress, singer, and comedian|
|Spouse(s)||Ronnie Carroll (1959–1965)|
Norman Eshley (1969–1973)
Marc Alexander (1978–present)
Life and careerEdit
She made her Broadway debut alongside Julie Andrews in The Boy Friend in 1954. Her additional New York theatre credits include taking over as Dorothy Brock in the original Broadway production of 42nd Street and performing the revue Side by Side by Sondheim with Julia McKenzie and David Kernan, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She received a second Tony nomination for the musical King of Hearts.
In London, Martin starred with Paul Scofield and James Kenney in Expresso Bongo at the Saville Theatre. In 1959, she had also appeared in The Crooked Mile. Also in West End, she starred opposite Jim Dale in The Card in 1975.
During the early 1960s, Martin was the resident singer of topical songs on the British weekly satire show That Was The Week That Was (1962–1963). Martin won a BAFTA TV Award for Light Entertainment Personality in 1964. One of the songs she sang on the show, the John F. Kennedy tribute "In the Summer of His Years", was released as a single and 'bubbled under' the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No 104 in 1963 (but was outcharted by a cover version by Connie Francis, which reached No 46). She has also released recordings in Swedish, such as the 7" single "Om du nånsin skulle ändra dej".
Martin had her own BBC television series between 1964 and 1966, titled Mainly Millicent for the first two series, and shortened to Millicent for the third and final series. For her work in this series she won the TV Society Award. In one episode, Martin and guest star Roger Moore performed a comedy skit in which Moore played secret agent James Bond some years before he was cast in the role. In the mid-1960s she guested, alongside Pete Murray and Kenneth Williams, in an edition of Juke Box Jury.
She appeared with Morecambe and Wise in their series "Two of a Kind" in the 1960s.
In 1969, Sir Lew Grade wanted to make a comedy film series, starring Martin, that would appeal to both American and British audiences. He sent six comedy sketches of Martin to producer Sheldon Leonard, who came up with the premise of From a Bird's Eye View. The series was not a success and was cancelled after 16 episodes had been filmed.
Her later television roles include Gertrude Moon, Daphne Moon's Mancunian mother, in the American sitcom Frasier. She has worked for the Disney Channel, starring in the shows The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Jonas and in the film Return to Halloweentown. Other performances include guest roles in The Drew Carey Show, Will & Grace, Newhart and Days of Our Lives. She also had a small role on an episode of Gilmore Girls and a key role in an episode of Modern Family.
In 2011, she guest-starred opposite her former Frasier daughter, Jane Leeves, in the TV Land series Hot in Cleveland. She has also had an appearance in the fourth season of Chuck as the mother of Hartley Winterbottom, who was given the first Intersect prototype and became Alexei Volkoff; she also guest-starred on an episode of the fourth season of Castle as a theatre critic who wrote a harsh review of a performance given by Castle's mother.
Since 2017 she has appeared in Grace and Frankie as Joan-Margaret.
In the mid-1960s, Martin appeared in British feature films Nothing But the Best (1964), Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (1965), Stop the World – I Want to Get Off (1966), and Alfie (1966).
During the early 60's Martin lived adjacent to Abbey Road studios. So close that she could occasionally hear producer George Martin speaking to the artists recording during a session. She was married to the pop singer Ronnie Carroll from 1958 until 1965, and subsequently to actor Norman Eshley, but both marriages ended in divorce. She has been married to American Marc Alexander since 1978, and is now a permanent resident of the United States.
Filmography and Stage WorkEdit
|1962||The Girl on the Boat||Billie Bennett|
|1964||Nothing but the Best||Ann Horton|
|1966||Stop the World – I Want to Get Off||Evie / Anya / Ara|
|2005||Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont||Mrs. De Salis|
|2016||Adventures of Old Man||Short|
|2017||The Last Word||Margaret Dumont|
|1954||The Boy Friend||Nancy|
|1959||The Crooked Mile||Cora|
|1970||Tonight at 8:00||performer|
|1976||Side by Side by Sondheim||performer||Tony Award nomination: Best Featured Actress in a Musical|
|1978||King of Hearts||Madeleine||Tony Award nomination: Best Featured Actress in a Musical|
|1980||42nd Street||Dorothy Brock|
|1987||Follies||Phyllis Rogers Stone|
|1997||The Rivals||Mrs. Malaprop|
|2002||What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?||Jane|
|2008||Twice Upon A Time||Mrs. Clark|
|1958||Theatre Night||Maisie King||"Expresso Bingo"|
|1960||International Detective||Katie O'Brien / Susan||"The Rose Bowl Case", "The Marlowe Case"|
|1961||The Horsemasters||Joan||Disney TV film|
|1964||Espionage||Susan||"Once a Spy"|
|1964||Drama 61-67||Jocelyn Willows||"The Happy Moorings"|
|1964||Kiss Me Kate||Lois Lane||TV film|
|1970–71||From a Bird's Eye View||Millie Grover||Main role|
|1981||That Beryl Marston...!||Kay||"Live & Let Live"|
|1984||Glitter||Valerie Beaumont||"In Tennis, Love Means Nothing"|
|1986||Newhart||Sylvia||"Everybody Ought to Have a Maid"|
|1986–87||Downtown||Harriet Conover||Main role|
|1987||L.A. Law||Arlene Sabrett||"Pigmalion"|
|1988||Max Headroom||Cornelia Firth||"Baby Grobags"|
|1992||Moon and Son||Gladys Moon||Main role|
|1996||Coach||Tita||"Luther Get Your Gun"|
|1996||The Upper Hand||Dolly Hamp||"Nobody's Child"|
|1998–2001||Days of Our Lives||Lili Faversham||Regular role|
|1999||Stark Raving Mad||Katie Randall||"Fish Out of Water"|
|2000||That's Life||Carol||Recurring role (season 1)|
|2000–2004||Frasier||Gertrude Moon||Recurring role (seasons 7–11)|
|2004||The Drew Carey Show||Helen||"Passion of the Wick"|
|2005||Will & Grace||Leni||"Love Is in the Airplane"|
|2006||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Mrs. Delacourt||"Free Tippy"|
|2006||Return to Halloweentown||Prof. Persimmon Periwinkle||TV film|
|2009||Jonas||Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth||"Fashion Victim"|
|2011||Chuck||Mrs. Winterbottom||"Chuck Vs. Agent X"|
|2011–2014||Hot in Cleveland||Agnes Bratford||"Hot for the Lawyer", "Tazed and Confused"|
|2012||Castle||Oona Marconi||"A Dance with Death"|
|2013||Modern Family||Charlotte||"Goodnight Gracie"|
|2013||Bones||Evelyn Schumacher||"The Cheat in the Retreat"|
|2016||2 Broke Girls||Gertrude||"And the Coming Out Party"|
|2017–20||Grace and Frankie||Joan-Margaret||Guest role (seasons 3–4) |
Recurring role (seasons 5–6)
|2018||Code Black||Marjorie||"Home Stays Home"|
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