Mary Carver was born May 3, 1924 in Los Angeles, California. I can find absolutely nothing on her early years.
As an adult, she has split her time between working in film, television and theatre. The first performance I've found record of is during 1951 in Goodbye My Fancy.
Her films include some very successful ones, such as "Arachnaphobia," "Bestseller," "Protocol" and
"From Here to Eternity." I must say I've seen and loved her performances as the all-american mother to Goldie Hawn in "Protocol" and as the spider-bitten gal in "Arachnophobia".
She has appeared on the television series "Hearts Afire," "Gabriel's Fire," "Head of the Class," "Quincy," "Lou Grant," and of course,
"Simon & Simon".
She also appeared on Broadway in "Fifth of July" in 1981. At the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, she created the role of 'Felicity' in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play
"The Shadow Box". For seven years, Mary appeared in the reading of "Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory" and was seen in "The American Dream" and "The
Sandbox". She holds two Dramalogue Awards for The Fifth of July and A Christmas Memory. For her performance in "Counsellor-at-Law", she received her third Dramalogue Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award.
Little known fact - Mary was a professor in the theatre department of the University of Southern California. Those were some very lucky students!
"The Visitor" - episode "Miracles" aired Dec 1997
Plot - With the holidays
approaching, The Visitor searches for a member of his family, but is waylaid by a woman about to give birth. The Visitor helps the woman connect with her estranged scientist grandfather.
Guest Cast: Lori Heuring , Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Mary Carver
Safe (1995) .... Nell
Plot - Young suburban housewife Carol White (Julianne Moore) is suddenly befallen with illness
and discomfort. She soon realizes that her environment is the cause of her sudden anxiety attacks and nose bleeds. In order to improve her health, Carol seeks treatment at a New Age retreat in New Mexico that specializes in holistic healing.
Nothing Lasts Forever" (1995) (mini) TV Series
Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again (1995) (TV) .... Cecilia
Danielle Steele's Family Album (1994) (TV) .... Louise
Arachnophobia (1990) .... Margaret Hollins
Best Seller (1987) .... Cleve's mother
Plot - A sociopathic
professional killer, Cleve (James Woods), convinces a best-selling novelist suffering from writer's blocks, Dennis Meechum (Brian Dennehy), who is also a police detective, into writing a book about his illegal escapades. The criminal is out for revenge against his former boss, David Madlock (Paul Shenar), owner of a powerful conglomerate. Cop and murderer develop a tense alliance, further strained when the former learns the latter killed several other cops he knew.
Protocol (1984) .... Mrs. Davis
Through the Magic Pyramid ( aka Tut and Tuttle)(1981) (TV)
"Simon & Simon" (1981) TV Series .... Cecilia Simon
Fifth of July. (April 1981) New Apollo Theatre, Broadway. Starred - Richard Thomas, Swoosie Kurtz, Mary Carver, Jeff Daniels
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977) .... Eugenia
Glass Houses (1972)
"The Twilight Zone" - episode "The Incredible Word of Horace Ford" early 1963
Cast: Pat Hingle, Nan Martin, Phillip Pine, Ruth White, Vaughn Taylor, Mary Carver, George Spicer, Bella Bruck
Plot - Toy manufacturer (Hingle)
literally becomes a child again when he visits his old neighborhood.
Pay or Die (1960)
Kathy O' (1958) .... Marge
Bigger Than Life (1956) (uncredited) .... Saleslady
Emergency Hospital (1956) .... Anna Banks
From Here to Eternity (1953) (uncredited) .... Nancy
Goodbye, My Fancy (1951) .... Joan Wintner