|Born||January 6, 1907|
South Bend, Washington, U.S.
|Died||December 28, 2003 (aged 96)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California|
|Occupation||Actress of film and television|
|Spouse(s)||John Gerald Prendergast|
(1937–1950; his death)
(1959–2003; her death)
Helen Kleeb (January 6, 1907 – December 28, 2003) was an American film and television actress. In a career covering nearly 50 years, she may be best known for her role from 1972 to 1981 as Miss Mamie Baldwin on the family drama The Waltons.
Early life and career
From 1949 to 1951, she performed voices for the radio program Candy Matson. In 1956–1957, Kleeb guest-starred on Hey, Jeannie!, starring Jeannie Carson. In the 1960–1961 television season, Kleeb appeared as Miss Claridge, a legal secretary, on the sitcom Harrigan and Son.
She appeared in episodes of Dennis the Menace, I Love Lucy, Pete and Gladys, Hennesey, Death Valley Days, Get Smart, The Andy Griffith Show, Green Acres, Bewitched, Little House: A New Beginning, Highway to Heaven, Room 222, and The Golden Girls as well as in small film roles in The Manchurian Candidate, and Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte. She also appeared in a number of episodes of Dragnet, starring Jack Webb, during the 1950s as well as Helen appeared on many radio drama shows, some now playing on XM Satellite Radio.
Kleeb married twice, the first time in 1937 to John Gerald Prendergast. They remained together until John's death in 1950. Then, in 1959, she wed Elmer L. Garrison, a union that lasted over four decades, until Helen died in Los Angeles in December 2003, just nine days before her 97th birthday. She reportedly left no known survivors other than her second husband, although many sources note that she had a son from her first marriage to Prendergast. According to California birth records, Thomas Arthur Prendergast was born to a mother with the last name Kleeb on 13 May 1940 in San Francisco, California. The child's parental link to Helen and John is further enhanced by the fact that the federal census of 1940 documents the couple residing in San Francisco less than a month before Thomas's birth.
|1952||Kansas City Confidential||Mrs. Crane||Uncredited|
|1953||99 River Street||Miss Henderson||Uncredited|
|Half a Hero||Desk Nurse||Uncredited|
|1954||Witness to Murder||Nurse in Mental Ward||Uncredited|
|Magnificent Obsession||Mrs. Eden|
|1955||There's Always Tomorrow||Miss Walker|
|The Desperate Hours||Miss Wells||Uncredited|
|1956||A Day of Fury||Mrs. McLean|
|Friendly Persuasion||Old Lady||Uncredited|
|1957||Hot Summer Night||Scrub Woman||Uncredited|
|The Invisible Boy||Miss Vandergrift||Uncredited|
|1958||High School Confidential||Miss Dodge||Uncredited|
|Summer Love||Bit Role||Uncredited|
|I Want to Live!||Prison Matron||Uncredited|
|1959||Curse of the Undead||Dora|
|The Gazebo||Miss Spence||Uncredited|
|1960||Cage of Evil||Mrs. Melton, Cherry's Motel|
|1961||The Young Savages||Mrs. Patton||Uncredited|
|1962||The Manchurian Candidate||Mrs. Henry Whittaker - Chairlady||Uncredited|
|40 Pounds of Trouble||Child Welfare Worker||Uncredited|
|1963||Toys in the Attic||Warkins' Secretary||Uncredited|
|1964||Seven Days in May||Esther Townsend|
|Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte||Town Gossip|
|Sex and the Single Girl||Hilda|
|1965||The Hallelujah Trail||Henrietta|
|1966||Munster, Go Home!||Emily||Uncredited|
|The Fortune Cookie||The Lawyers' Receptionist|
|1967||Eight on the Lam||Bit Role||Uncredited|
|1970||Halls of Anger||Rita Monahan|
|1971||Star Spangled Girl||YWCA Receptionist|
|1982||The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas||Dora|
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- "Sixteenth Census of the United States: 1940", Washington-state native Helen in household of John Prenderga[s]t, San Francisco, California; enumeration date 21 April 1940, district 38-395, sheet 64A, line 6, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) digital publication T627. "Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790—2007", RG 29. Washington, D.C.: NARA, 2012. FamilySearch online database.