Longtime Comic Character Actress Dies At 79

If you’ve ever seen the comedy Western series Here Come the Brides, you might be sad to find out that Susan Tolsky, who played Biddie Cloom on the show, has recently passed away. She died on October 9 in her Los Angeles, California home at the age of 79.
Tolsky has always been into acting, though she went to school for nursing. However, during her second year at the University of Texas Austin, she changed from studying medicine to theater and English. It wasn’t until her senior year where she was scouted by a casting director who encouraged her to move to Hollywood after she graduated—and she did.

She started her career small. In 1968, her first appearance was on an episode The Second Hundred Years, and not long later she played a small role on an episode of Bewitched. Both shows aired on ABC, which is why she was picked for Here Come the Brides. The show ran for two seasons, and was really where Tolsky made a name for herself.

Tolsky then went on to play the role of the secretary of a high school football coach in the 1971 film Roger Vadim’s Pretty Maids All in a Row before becoming a regular on The New Bill Cosby Show from 1972-1973. Later, in the early 80s, she secured a stint as Van Gilder on the sitcom Madame’s Place.

There were lots of fun works in between, including appearing in movies like Charley and the Angel (1973), Love at First Bite (1979), How to Beat the High Cost of Living (1980) and The Devil and Max Devlin (1981). She also did a lot of guest spots on shows such as Love, American Style, Quincy, M.E., Fantasy Island, Alice, Barney Miller and Webster.

It was later on where Tolsky discovered a love of voice acting, taking on shows such as Foofur, Bobby’s World, Cow and Chicken, Darkwing Duck, Pepper Ann, and The Buzz on Maggie.

Her funeral was held on Halloween: October 31, at the Angeleno Valley Mortuary in North Hollywood. She never got married, but had a sister.

Take a step back in time and check out some of these clips of Tolsky in her remembrance!

What were some of your favorite roles Tolsky played?