Margaret Virginia Osterwald
February 3, 1920
|Died||January 2, 2002 (aged 81)|
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Justin Arndt (m. 1951-2002; her death)|
Bibi Osterwald (born Margaret Virginia Osterwald; February 3, 1920 – January 2, 2002) was an American actress.
As a student, Osterwald appeared in the Catholic University semi-pro revue in Washington, D.C., in August 1942.. She gained acting experience in five years of work in summer stock theatre in Rockville, Maryland. She starred in Ten Nights in a Barroom at the Willard Hotel for 8 weeks starting in mid-August 1943. She then pursued a career on the New York stage. The Central Opera House [NYC], seating 2000, introduced Osterwald leading in Broken Hearts of Broadway in June 1944. "Miss Osterwald is on Broadway as one of the outstanding participants in 'Sing Out, Sweet Land.' What is more, next to stars Alfred Drake and Burl Ives, she has received the loudest praise of those critics who saw the play out of town. Its road tour Included Hartford, Boston and Philadelphia." -December 28, 1944.
Starting in the 1940s, Osterwald appeared on television, continuing to do so through the end of the 1990s. She was best known for her television role of Stella O'Brien, the cranky housekeeper for the Hathaway family on the soap opera, Where the Heart Is in the 1970s and also as Mrs. Sophie Steinberg, the mother of David Birney and mother-in-law of Meredith Baxter on thecomedy series, Bridget Loves Bernie. In 1982, she originated the role of Nanny McTavish, Holly Sutton's long-time confidante, on General Hospital. Her other roles included Mrs. Nakamura on The Absent-Minded Professor (1988). She was also a regular on The S.S. Holiday (1950),The Imogene Coca Show (1954),Captain Billy's Showboat (1948) and Front Row Center (1949).
In the years just prior to her death in 2002, she was a voice actress for the cartoon series Rugrats. She also appeared in several films, including Parrish (1961), The World of Henry Orient (1964) (in which she had the role of Erica "Boothy" Booth), A Fine Madness (1966), Bank Shot (1974), Caddyshack II (1988) and As Good as It Gets (1997).
|1964||The World of Henry Orient||Erica Booth|
|1966||A Fine Madness||Mrs. Fitzgerald|
|1967||The Tiger Makes Out||Mrs. Ratner|
|1974||Bank Shot||Mums Gornik|
|1977||The Great Smokey Roadblock||Annie McCarigle|
|1978||The Great Bank Hoax||Sara Pennysworth|
|1988||Caddyshack II||Mrs. Pierpont|
|1994||Angie||Dr. Gould's Nurse|
|1996||The Glimmer Man||Woman in Ovington Arms|
|1997||As Good as It Gets||Neighbor Woman|