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Dorothy Van (1928–2002)

A native of Moline, Illinois she was the daughter of a post office worker and Depression era housewife. She started her career as a stage actress in 1946 despite her fathers objections and later emerged as an actress and writer for television in the 1980s situation comedy "Mama's Family" in the role of Aunt Effie Harper. See full bio »

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Known For

Mama's Family Writer
(1983-1990)
Coming Attractions Army Nurse
(1978)
(1984-1985)
Silver Spoons Writer
(1985)

Filmography

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 1992 Major Dad (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Base Desires (1992) ... (written by)
  Mama's Family (TV Series) (written by - 18 episodes, 1983 - 1990) (story - 1 episode, 1983)
- There Is Nothing Like the Dames (1990) ... (written by)
- Mama Takes a Dive (1989) ... (written by)
- There's No Place Like... No Place (1989) ... (written by)
- Naomi's New Position (1988) ... (written by)
- Naomi's Identity Crisis (1988) ... (written by)
 1984-1985 Punky Brewster (TV Series) (written by - 2 episodes)
- Tap Your Troubles Away (1985) ... (written by)
- Miss Adorable (1984) ... (written by)
  Silver Spoons (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1985) (written by - 1 episode, 1985)
- Special Friend (1985) ... (story)
- The Trouble with Grandfather (1985) ... (written by)
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 1983-1984 Mama's Family (TV Series) (story editor - 12 episodes)
- A Grave Mistake (1984) ... (story editor)
- Harper Versus Harper (1984) ... (story editor)
- Supermarket (1984) ... (story editor)
- The Mama Who Came to Dinner (1983) ... (story editor)
- Amateur Night (1983) ... (story editor)
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 1983-1989 Mama's Family (TV Series)
Aunt Effie Harper
- Mama's Layaway Plan (1989) ... Aunt Effie Harper
- Mama's Girls (1988) ... Aunt Effie Harper
- After the Fall (1987) ... Aunt Effie Harper
- Porn Again (1987) ... Aunt Effie Harper
- An Ill Wind (1986) ... Aunt Effie Harper
 1978 Coming Attractions
Army Nurse
 1978 Peeping Times (TV Movie)
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 1985 Rodney Dangerfield: Exposed (TV Special)
Various
 1972 The Scoey Mitchlll Show (TV Special)
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