Actress Lu Leonard died May 14 of heart failure at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills. She was 77.
She was often typecast in roles requiring a hefty thesp, such as that of Larry Fine’s wife in the Three Stooges’ “Husbands Beware.”
Leonard went on the road with her vaudevillian parents at one month old. When her mother died, she moved to Hollywood with her father, “Happy” Hal Price, who appeared in Republic Studios films of the ’40s and ’50s.
On Broadway, Leonard appeared in “The Pajama Game,” “Happiest Girl in the World,” “The Gay Life,” “Bravo Giovanni” and “Drat! The Cat.”
She was featured in the national tours of “Plain and Fancy,” “The Music Man,” “Oliver!” and “Man of La Mancha.”
She appeared in many Los Angeles theater productions, with her most recognizable role as the matron in “Women Behind Bars.” at the Coast Playhouse and Roxy Theater.
Leonard had a recurring role as William Conrad’s wise secretary in “Jake and the Fat Man” and also guested on TV series including “Cagney and Lacey,” “Buffalo Bill,” “Who’s the Boss,” “Laverne and Shirley,” “Facts of Life” and “Married With Children.”
One of her most memorable roles in film was in “Mickey and Maude,” in which she played the hatchet-faced admitting nurse. She also appeared in features including “Annie,” “Starman,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Without You I’m Nothing,” and “Made in America.”
She leaves no survivors.