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Ann Morgan Guilbert Dead: ‘The Nanny,’ ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ Actress Dies at 87

Ann Morgan Guilbert, who played next-door neighbor Millie Helper on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s and Grandma Yetta on the 1990s sitcom The Nanny, has died at 87, the Associated Press reports.

Ann Morgan Guilbert
Ann Morgan Guilbert

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The beloved actress passed away on Tuesday, June 14, in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer, her daughter Nora Eckstein said.

Recently, she played GiGi on the comedy Life in Pieces and had a guest appearance on Grey’s Anatomy. Over her five-decade career, she appeared on Broadway in A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Waiting for Godot and To Kill a Mockingbird.

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The Nanny’s Fran Drescher tweeted a tribute to Guilbert and a throwback photo of the pair on set. “Grandma Yetta I love you!” she wrote on Wednesday, June 15, along with a broken heart and crying emoji.

Guilbert attended Stanford University, where she met producer George Eckstein, who passed away in 2009. The pair married and shared two daughters, Nora Eckstein and Hallie Todd, who starred as Jo McGuire in Disney’s Lizzie McGuire. They later divorced in 1966, and Guilbert married actor Guy Raymond, who died in 1997.

Ann Morgan Guilbert on The Nanny
Ann Morgan Guilbert as Yetta on ‘The Nanny’ in 1997.

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“#Ann Guilbert 1928-2016. What a run. Love you forever mom,” Todd tweeted with a photo of her late mother smiling on stage. 

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