Monday, July 29, 2013

Minerva Urecal (1894-1966)

Minerva Urecal was born September 22, 1894, in Eureka, California, as Minerva Holzer. She was originally a radio and stage performer and made her film debut in 1933 in Her Bodyguard. She played largely uncredited roles, such as secretaries, laundresses, and frontierswomen. She began workin in television in the 1950s, favoring westerns. She guest starred on My Friend Flick and The Range Rider. She had a recurring role in the 1953-1954 CBS situation comedy Meet Mr. McNulty in the role of the dean of a women's college.
In 1957, Minerva Urecal had her only starring television role in the syndicated show The Adventures of Tugboat Annie, playing the role originated by Marie Dressler in the 1933 film Tugboat Annie. Also in 1957, Urecal appeared on Perry Mason as a landlady in the episode "The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse". For the 1959-1960 season, she took over the role of Mother on Peter Gunn starring Craig Stevens. In 1965, she made a second appearance on Perry Mason in the episode "The Case of the Lover's Gamble". She also appeared as Walter Brennan's love interest in the 1960 episode of The Real McCoys entitled "The Gigolo". Her final TV appearances were in the 1965-1966 season of Petticoat Junction.

Minerva Urecal never married. She died of a heart attack at age 71 on February 26, 1966, in Glendale, California. She is interred in the mausoleum at Forever Hollywood Cemetery in Hollywood, California.


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