"She’s flying now, free of her body. She left on a countdown 4 3 2 1 @ 3:40pm. She was such an incredible woman in so many ways," her daughter wrote on Instagram
Actress Gloria Henry, 98, known for playing the beloved mother, Alice Mitchell in the popular ‘60s sitcom "Dennis the Menace" has died on Saturday, reported Fox News.
The star’s daughter and son confirmed their mother’s passing on social media. They further revealed that her death came one day after her birthday. "She’s flying now, free of her body. She left on a countdown 4 3 2 1 @ 3:40pm. She was such an incredible woman in so many ways. This last year with her has been beautiful and heartbreaking. Thank you all for following me and supporting me on this journey - this beautiful land mine. Goodbye Momma, I love your guts forever," Erin Ellwood wrote on Instagram. "It is with great sadness to let of all my dear and amazing mother's fans know that she passed peacefully... in her home in Los Angeles," Adam Ellwood wrote on Facebook. According to the reports, Adam further shared that Henry died surrounded by Erin, son Jeff Ellwood, as well as her hospice-care nurse. "Please raise a glass and a toast to our beautiful mother Gloria Henry for a life well lived," he wrote, according to Fox News.
Born as Gloria Eileen McEniry in New Orleans on April 2, 1923, She had worked in radio and signed a contract with Columbia Pictures, which led her to star in "Sport of Kings," "Keeper of the Bees" and "Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back" in 1947. She had made six films in 1948 and then seven more in 1949. Henry had starred opposite Gene Autry in 1948’s "The Strawberry Room" and 1949’s "Riders in the Sky." She also appeared with Lucille Ball and William Holden in 1949’s "Miss Grant Takes Richmond," Nina Foch in 1949’s "Johnny Allegro" and Marlene Dietrich in 1952’s "Rancho Notorious." In the 1950s, Henry starred in "The Abbot and Costello Show." and appeared on several popular TV shows, such as "My Little Margie," "Father Knows Best" "Perry Mason" and "The Life of Riley." She then played the loving mother Alice Mitchell in "Dennis the Menace" for four seasons starting in 1959 which also featured Herbert Anderson as her husband and Jay North as her mischievous son, reported Fox News.
"Many of the fans say, 'Oh, I always wished you were my mom' and 'My mom was jealous of you because I wanted you for a mom. Which is pretty funny, because I don't think my own children felt that way. I have a daughter and two sons. All they knew was, I was off to work, and I wasn't with them as much as they would have liked me to be," Henry had said in a 2011 interview. Henry was married to architect Craig Ellwood from 1949 until 1977. He died in 1992, according to People magazine. She is survived by their three children, Erin Ellwood, Adam Ellwood, and Jeffrey Ellwood, reported Fox News.