Joyce BULIFANT

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Actor, Television & Radio Host - American

AmericanBorn Joyce Caroline BULIFANT

American television actress

Born on December 16, 1937 in Newport News, Virginia, USA , United States (84 years)

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Bulifant was born in Newport News, Virginia. In the 1960s, after appearing on Broadway, she guest starred in numerous television programs, including ABC's Channing, The Virginian, in addition to portraying an intended murder victim in an episode of Thriller in 1961: "An Attractive Family", and also as the innocent young blonde defendant "Nancy Banks", in Perry Mason 1963 episode 197: "The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands", the second of her two appearances in the series. Her first appearance that year was opposite Walter Pidgeon in "The Case of the Surplus Suitor." Bulifant, who has been described as "naturally funny", was the original choice for the role of Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, but the part ultimately went to Florence Henderson.



After losing that role, Bulifant accepted the role of Marsha Patterson in the half-hour NBC television series The Bill Cosby Show (1969 – 1971). From 1971 through 1977 she portrayed Murray's wife, Marie Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, making 11 appearances over seven seasons. During this time, she also played Marjorie Martin, the wife of Herbert Edelman in the Saturday morning show Big John, Little John.

...   Bulifant was born in Newport News, Virginia. In the 1960s, after appearing on Broadway, she guest starred in numerous television programs, including ABC's Channing, The Virginian, in addition to portraying an intended murder victim in an episode of Thriller in 1961: "An Attractive Family", and also as the innocent young blonde defendant "Nancy Banks", in Perry Mason 1963 episode 197: "The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands", the second of her two appearances in the series. Her first appearance that year was opposite Walter Pidgeon in "The Case of the Surplus Suitor." Bulifant, who has been described as "naturally funny", was the original choice for the role of Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, but the part ultimately went to Florence Henderson.



After losing that role, Bulifant accepted the role of Marsha Patterson in the half-hour NBC television series The Bill Cosby Show (1969 – 1971). From 1971 through 1977 she portrayed Murray's wife, Marie Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, making 11 appearances over seven seasons. During this time, she also played Marjorie Martin, the wife of Herbert Edelman in the Saturday morning show Big John, Little John.



She later had a role in the short-lived series Flo, playing Flo's best friend, Miriam Willoughby. Bulifant also appeared in the movie Airplane!, and as David Spade's mother on Just Shoot Me!, in addition to guest starring roles on several TV shows, and as a guest panelist on numerous game shows. Joyce appeared on GSN Live on March 21, 2008.



Bulifant has for many years been actively involved with the child abuse prevention non-profit Childhelp, including serving as a Celebrity Ambassador and as a Vice-President on the National Board of Directors.



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