“Mom” and “A Cinderella Story” actress Mary Pat Gleason died Tuesday after a years-long fight with cancer. She was 70 years old.
“The overwhelming love and response from the community today reminds us of just how much she was loved. She will be missed,” a representative for Gleason said in a statement to TheWrap Wednesday.
“Mary Pat Gleason, one of the dearest and sweetest people I have ever had the pleasure to know, passed away last night at age seventy,” actor Ron Fassler wrote in a post shared on Gleason’s official Facebook page Wednesday. “She has 174 credits on her IMDB page (with one unreleased film still to come), but she was so much more than a wonderful actress: she was one of a kind. So caring, so funny, and so delicious to be around, that I find it hard to imagine a world without her shining presence and smiling face. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved her (all one million of you). Let’s all raise a glass to her this evening as one and offer a final toast and a fond farewell in her memory. “
A prolific character actress, Gleason had more than 100 television credits to her name at the time of her passing, with her most recent being roles on CBS’ “Mom” and “Life in Pieces,” NBC’s “The Blacklist” and “Will & Grace,” College Humor’s “WTF 101,” ABC’s “American Housewife” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” and Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.”
Throughout her long career, Gleason also appeared on episodes of “Saved by the Bell,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Sex and the City,” “Blossom,” “Quantum Leap,” “Night Court,” “ER,” “NCIS,” “Bones,” “Highway to Heaven” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
On the film side, she was best known for her parts in “Intolerable Cruelty,” “The Crucible” and “A Cinderella Story.”
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