Ernestine Mercer dies at 88

Actress appeared onstage, in TV, film

Stage and screen actress Ernestine Mercer Kobrick died Friday, May 27, in Adams Township, Pa. She was 88.

Born in Amarillo, Texas, Mercer graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where she had a voice scholarship and became involved in vaudeville. She started her career as a Broadway singer and actress.

She was the star attraction at the Latin Quarter in New York, the Desert Inn (Las Vegas), Sans Souci (Miami Beach), Moulin Rouge (Hollywood), Chez Paris (Chicago), Golden Gate Theater (San Francisco) and Riverside Hotel (Reno, Nev.).

Onstage, she appeared in “Handy-Dandy,” “Gypsy,” “Boy on the Straight-Back Chair,” “No, No, Nanette” and “Funny Girl.”

In 1981, Mercer moved to Hollywood and began acting work in TV and film. She guested on “ER,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Lois and Clark,” “Alien Nation,” “True Colors,” “Remington Steele,” “Benson,” “The Jeffersons,” “Santa Barbara,” “Starman,” “The Judge,” “Yellow Rose,” “General Hospital,” “Punky Brewster,” “Texas,” “Glitter” and “Seventh Heaven.” She also appeared in telepic “The Spirit.”

She had recurring role on “The Young and the Restless” as Mildred Johnson for five years.

Movie credits include “8 Heads in a Duffle Bag,” “Casper,” “Things to Do in Denver When Your Dead,” “Eight Days a Week,” “The Sleeping Car” and “Jezebel’s Kiss.” Her last film was “Gideon” in 1999, and she retired in 2000.

Mercer was married twice and is survived by two nephews, George Mitchell and Nick Mitchell Jr.

Donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.

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