Mary Pat Gleason, ‘Mom’ And ‘A Cinderella Story’ Actress, Dies At 70 – Mary Pat Gleason, a prolific character actress, who has appeared in over one hundred television and film programs, had died Tuesday night at age 70.
Mary Pat Gleason, ‘Mom’ And ‘A Cinderella Story’ Actress, Dies At 70 | Mary Pat Gleason Cause Of Death:
Mary Pat Gleason, who starred in the cult classic romantic comedy “A Cinderella Story” and CBS sitcom “Mom,” died Tuesday night at age 70 after a five-year battle with cancer.
According to her nephew John Brostrom, Gleason had beaten uterine cancer back in 2015, but that the disease had recently returned. It led to Mary Pat Gleason spending a month in the hospital and then time at a friend’s house.
Mary Pat Gleason’s death was confirmed via a post on Facebook on Wednesday from fellow actor Ron Fassler. It read:
“Mary Pat Gleason, one of the dearest and sweetest people I have ever had the pleasure to know, passed away last night at age seventy. She has 174 credits on her IMDB page (with one unreleased film still to come), but she was so much more than a wonderful actress: she was one of a kind. So caring, so funny, and so delicious to be around, that I find it hard to imagine a world without her shining presence and smiling face. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved her (all one million of you). Let’s all raise a glass to her this evening as one and offer a final toast and a fond farewell in her memory. ❤️”
Mary Pat Gleason Died After A Prolonged Battle With Cancer:
Mary Pat Gleason was born on Feb. 23, 1950, in the Minnesota town of Lake City. Before her career in movies and television would begin in the ’80s, Gleason was performing on stage in high school, notably starring in a Theater St. Paul production of Once Upon a Mattress.
Mary Pat Gleason started her decades-long career in 1982 with a role in NBC soap opera Texas. She went on to star as Jane Hogan in daytime drama The Guiding Light, and received a Daytime Emmy award in 1986 as part of the writing team on Guiding Light, which ran for 72 seasons on CBS.
From the early 1980s Mary Pat Gleason’s TV roles spanned: Full House, Dear John, Murphy Brown, Empty Nest, L.A. Law, Saved by the Bell, Murder, She Wrote, Friends, Step by Step, Suddenly Susan, Will & Grace, Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives, Family Matters, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Middleman, Up All Night, 1600 Penn, Motive, Baby Daddy, Grey’s Anatomy, Partners, Mama’s Family, 2 Broke Girls.
Gleason had a recurring role on the Chuck Lorre sitcom “Mom,” playing Mary, an AA member who told long, often bizarre anecdotes in group sessions. Mary Pat Gleason’s character died of a brain aneurysm during an AA meeting in an October 2019 episode, which was Gleason’s final TV appearance.
She appeared in such feature films as I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Basic Instinct, Traffic, Bruce Almighty, 13 Going on 30, The Crucible, Bottle Shock, A Cinderella Story, The Island, Killing Kennedy and Nina.
Gleason also played the waitress Eleanor, a frequent source of encouragement to the downtrodden Sam (Hilary Duff), in 2004’s “A Cinderella Story,” in another one of her most memorable roles. More recently, she appeared as a high school guidance counselor to the main characters in the 2018 movie Sierra Burgess Is a Loser.