Ann Morgan Guilbert was best-known to television audiences as the Rob and Laura Petrie’s neighbor Millie Helper on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) and as Fran Fein’s feisty Grandma Yetta on The Nanny (1993). She gave memorable performances in film and television and on stage throughout her distinguished career, and recently starred in Nicole Holofcener’s 2010 Sundance Film Festival selection, Please Give (2010).
She last appeared on Broadway in “A Naked Girl on the Appian Way” (2005), with Jill Clayburgh and Hamish Linklater. This was her second appearance on Broadway; she had appeared many years earlier in “The Billy Barnes Revue”.
Other stage appearances include “The Matchmaker,” “Arsenic and Old Lace”, “The Road to Mecca”, “Life Lines: An Afternoon with Ann Guilbert”, “A Lie of the Mind”, “Three Men on a Horse”, “To Kill A Mockingbird”, “Harvey”, “Foxfire”, “Blooding Wedding”, “Misalliance”, “Green Grow the Lilacs”, “The School for Scandal”, “The Royal Family”, “Major Barbara”, “Fifth of July”, “Growing Gracefully”, “Life Times Ten”, “Nobody’s Safe Here”, “The Legacy”, “Nite, Mother”, and “The Immigrant: A Hamilton County Album”, where she created the role of Alma, for which she won the 1988 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production, at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage.
A graduate of Stanford University’s Department of Speech and Drama. While at Stanford, she met producer/writer George Eckstein. They married and had two daughters, actress Hallie Todd, and longtime acting teacher and writer, Nora Eckstein. They divorced in 1966, and Ann married character actor Guy Raymond in 1969. They were together until his death in 1997. Ann Morgan Guilbert died on June 14, 2016, aged 87, after a battle with cancer.
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