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Jul 27, 1890


Judith Lowry (July 27, 1890 - November 29, 1976) was an American actress. Born as Judith Ives in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Lowry labored in occasional bit parts in film and television from the 1940s until she began to get more substantial roles in her eighties. Ms. Lowry also had an uncredited role in Valley of the Dolls as Aunt Amy. She had character parts in such films as The Anderson Tapes opposite Sean Connery, and Cold Turkey alongside Dick Van Dyke. Her best remembered role was as the acid-tongued Mother Dexter on the 1970s sitcom Phyllis, which starred Cloris Leachman. This was Lowry's last major acting role because she died of a heart attack during the series' final season. One of the last episodes she filmed before her death, "Mother Dexter's Wedding", also marked the final appearance of veteran actor Burt Mustin as her bridegroom, Arthur Lanson. By the time the episode aired in December, 1976, Lowry had already died and Mustin was too ill to see it. Mustin died in January, 1977. Lowry also appeared on stage, most notably off Broadway in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds and on Broadway in a small role in Archibald MacLeish's drama J.B.


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