FULLER, Kathryn Virginia
Kathryn Fuller of La Cañada Flintridge, actress and member of the
Screen Actors Guild (SAGAFTRA) - and Actors' Equity Association
(AEA)-who was affectionately known to her family as "America's Favorite
Actress"-passed away peacefully at home on May 24, 2012, due to natural
causes. She was 89. Services and interment were conducted May 31, 2012,
at Mountain View Chapel in Altadena
Kathryn was born on June 5,
1922, in Delaware, Ohio to Gilbert and Ruth Eagon. She earned a degree
in Theatre Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University. There, during the Second
World War, she met her future husband, Mark H. Fuller, who was then
enrolled in the U.S. Navy V-12 Unit at Ohio Wesleyan. They were married
in July, 1945, at Christ Church in New York City. Following the War,
Kathryn and Mark resided in California; they lived in Altadena, Arcadia,
South Pasadena, and then for 52 years in La Cañada Flintridge.
Kathryn began a professional acting career with performances at the
Pasadena Playhouse, Theatre Americana (Altadena), and Glendale Centre
Theatre. Eventually she would make many appearances on television, in
films and on stage. She was a gifted actress, director and writer-but
Kathryn will also be remembered as a loving wife and mother, with four
sons and two daughters. She managed a busy household that often included
extended family members.
For over 40 years, Kathryn and her family
were active members of Holliston United Methodist Church; she taught
pre-school at Holliston's Merryland Nursery School. She volunteered in
her community, reading books at local schools and directing theater for
non-profits-such as Foothill Service Club for The Blind, where she
directed a play cast entirely with blind actors.
In over 50 years of
work, Kathryn influenced the careers of fellow actors and touched the
hearts of many. In 1962, she was a co-founder of Studio Theatre
Playhouse in Los Angeles, which today remains a venue for new theatrical
talent. As a playwright, she authored: "Lightning in the South" (from
the life of Mary Todd Lincoln) and co-authored "Lutie" (a comedic romp
set in New Orleans). Both premiered at Glendale Centre Theatre. Her many
performances with The Colony at Studio Theatre Playhouse included:
Terrence Shank's adaptation of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath",
Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night," and the world stage
premier of Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles." When "The Grapes of
Wrath" was picked up by the Louisville Regional Equity Theatre, Kathryn
was cast in the featured role of "Mama" for an extended run.
television, Kathryn's recurring roles included Mabel Cummings in "Days
of Our Lives," Mrs. Shellenback on "Happy Days," and Mrs. McGregor on
"Valerie's Family." Numerous other appearances included "Laverne &
Shirley," "Little House on the Prairie," "Highway to Heaven," "Remington
Steele," and "Newhart". Her favorite motion picture role was that of
Faye Kennedy in "Yes, Georgio" co-starring with Luciano Pavarotti.
Kathryn is preceded in death by her parents and her sister Sue Jacobs.
She is survived by her husband Mark; sister Meredith Rode and brother
Richard Eagon; children, Mike (Tina), Elin Alto (John), Scott (Susanne),
Tim (Gail), Babette Coverdale (John) and Matt (Shyrlee), eight
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is loved and missed by
FULLER, Kathryn (Kathryn Virginia Fuller)
Born: 6/5/1922, Delaware, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 5/24/2012, La Cañada Flintridge, California, U.S.A.
Kathryn Fuller's western - actress:
Little House on the Prairie (TV) - 1981 (Miss Ott)