July 17 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actress Connie Gilchrist ('In Praise of Pip')

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Jul 17, 2018, 5:00 PM EDT

Today, July 17th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember actress Connie Gilchrist, who was born on this day in 1895. Gilchrist, whose real name was Rose Constance Gilchrist, portrayed Jack Klugman's beloved landlord, Mrs. Feeny, in "In Praise of Pip."

A native of Brooklyn, New York, and an experienced stage actress, Gilchrist (1895-1985) made her feature film debut as Arline Merriweather in the MGM musical Hullabaloo (1940), which starred Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz). Her eclectic feature film resume includes A Letter to Three Wives (1949), Little Women (1949), A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950), Houdini (1953), It Should Happen to You (1954), The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), Machine-Gun Kelly (1958), Auntie Mame (1958), Some Came Running (1958), The Interns (1962), A Tiger Walks (1964), and Two on a Guillotine (1965).


Mrs. Feeny (Connie Gilchrist) listens to woeful bookie Max Phillips (Jack Klugman) in "In Praise of Pip."

Gilchrist made her television debut in the "Dear Madge" episode of The Loretta Young Show (1954) and later scored the recurring role of Purity Pinker in The Adventures of Long John Silver (1956-1957, 26 episodes).


Mrs. Feeny (Connie Gilchrist) and her niece escort an older Pip (Bobby Diamond) to Pacific Ocean Park in "In Praise of Pip."


So let's raise a frothy one to another terrific character actress who helped us sympathize with a tired, worn-down hero in the show that is never worn down and tired: The Twilight Zone.