Mary Pat Gleason, the actress who played Mary in the hit series “Mom”, has died at the age of 70
Actress Mary Pat Gleason, 70, lost her battle with cancer this week, according to FOX News.
An ET report said Gleason died on Tuesday following a recurrence of uterine cancer. She is survived by an “extended and loving family” according to Gleason’s nephew, John Brostrom.
Brostrom said Gleason overcame uterine cancer in 2015, but the disease recently returned. This led to Gleason spending a month in the hospital and then spending time with a friend.
Gleason recently played the character of Mary in the hit series “Mom”, starring Allison Janney and Anna Farris. She appeared in a total of seven episodes spanning 2014 to 2019. Her character, Mary, suffered a brain aneurysm at an Alcoholics Anonymous reunion and died on the show. It was a defining moment for viewers and for the show itself, with the rest of the characters in the cast of “Mom” living in shock.
Following the news of her death, Allison Janney (who plays Bonnie in “Mom”) took to Instagram with a tribute.
Gleason has appeared in episodes of many top TV shows over the years. This included “Full House”, “Murphy Brown”, “Friends”, “Saved by the Bell”, “Sex and the City”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Bones” and the two installments of “Will & Grace”.
One of her first roles was playing Jane Hogan in the longtime CBS soap opera “The Guiding Light”. She went on to win a Daytime Emmy Award in 1986 for writing in the Outstanding Drama Series Editorial Staff category for “The Guiding Light.”
In addition to his television appearances, Gleason has appeared in over 50 films, including the popular “A Cinderella Story”, “Intolerable Cruelty” by George Clooney, “The Crucible” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”.
In all, Gleason has credit for over 160 different TV shows and movies she has appeared in during her lifetime. The film “Pencil Town”, which is scheduled for release in 2020, will serve as his last appearance.
On a sadder note, Gleason had sought treatment around the time of the coronavirus outbreak. This prevented his family and friends from visiting him for the last weeks of his life.
“They took great care of her. It was really bittersweet, but her family could not have asked for better care,” said Brostrom, describing the first three and a half weeks of the Hospice with his aunt as “affectionate and communicative”.
Mimi Kennedy, the actress who plays Marjorie in “Mom” paid tribute to Gleason on Twitter:
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