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MacMillan, Norma Biography




biography of MacMillan, Norma

15 September 1921, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
16 March 2001, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (heart attack)
Norma MacMillan was a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was there that she met, worked with and married her producer/manager husband 'Thor Arngrim' (qv). Arngrim had started the now-legendary, but short-lived Totem Theatre company in 1951. Upon its demise in 1954, he, his partner Stuart Baker, and MacMillan set out for Toronto where Norma landed children-voice roles for CBC. Her versatility in doing a variety of children's voices manifested itself in the roles she played. On the morning radio she played the more saccharine roles while in the evening her talents were employed for playing, as she described them, the "disturbed children" roles. Later on, after she and her husband moved to New York, MacMillan culled from the cartoon industry the voice of Casper the Friendly Ghost. She also lent her voice to characters on the "Gumby Show." In addition to these famous roles, MacMillan was the voice of John-John and Caroline Kennedy in the perhaps infamous recordings of the "First Family" records in the early 1960's. Perhaps her most visible acting role was the part she played in the 1980's as the sweet, demure, naive Aunt Martha opposite 'Ruth Manning' (qv)'s Aunt Harriet for Kraft Foods mayonnaise commercials. Though she died at the age of 79, she never quite stopped working. Even upon returning to Vancouver with her husband in the mid-1990's, MacMillan joined the Co-Op's Radio's Sunday show for senior citizens and was a board member of the local 411 Seniors Centre. Interestingly, both her children enjoyed the limelight as children: her daughter, 'Alison Arngrim' (qv), played Nellie in _"Little House on the Prairie" (1974)_ (qv); and her son, 'Stefan Arngrim' (qv), played Barry Lockridge on the short-lived 1968 television show _"Land of the Giants" (1968)_ (qv).
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-   'Thor Arngrim' (qv) (1954 - 16 March 2001) (her death); 2 children


-   Mother of 'Alison Arngrim' (qv) and 'Stefan Arngrim' (qv).

-   Former mother-in-law of 'Donald Mark Spencer' (qv).

-   Supplied the voice for "Gumby" of "Gumby & Pokey" and "Casper, The Friendly Ghost" during the 1960's.


-   Children's voices on record album "The First Family" (1962)

-   TV commercial for Kraft Real Mayonnaise (1981)


-   Because I could type. -- when asked how she got into the business

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Acting in movies

  1. Head Over Heels (2001)
  2. Two of Hearts (1999) (TV)
  3. The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1998) (V)
  4. Big Bully (1996)
  5. "The New Adventures of Madeline" (1995)
  6. Dangerous Intentions (1995)
  7. "Madison" (1993) {Bad Girls (#3.9)}
  8. Alice in Wonderland (1991)
  9. Cinderella (1991) (V)
  10. Heidi (1991)
  11. Snow White (1991) (V)
  12. The Wizard of Oz (1991)
  13. "thirtysomething" (1987) {Advanced Beginners (#4.12)}
  14. Nightmare on the 13th Floor (1990) (TV)
  15. "Columbo" (1971) {Grand Deceptions (#8.4)}
  16. Big Business (1988)
  17. "She's the Sheriff" (1987) {Hildy's Public Defender (#2.2)}
  18. Love at Stake (1987)
  19. "Webster" (1983) {Our Song (#4.18)}
  20. Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (1986) (TV)
  21. "Webster" (1983) {The Landlords (#4.2)}
  22. "Mr. Belvedere" (1985) {Gotta Dance (#1.3)}
  23. "Challenge of the GoBots" (1984)
  24. "Lottery!" (1983) {Phoenix: Blood Brothers (#1.5)}
  25. "Smurfs" (1981)
  26. "Davey and Goliath" (1960) {To the Rescue}
  27. "Davey and Goliath" (1960) {Come, Come to the Fair (#5.13)}
  28. "Davey and Goliath" (1960) {Doghouse Dreamhouse (#5.10)}
  29. "Davey and Goliath" (1960) {Kum Ba Yah (#5.6)}
  30. "Davey and Goliath" (1960) {Six-Seven-Six-Three (#5.1)}
  31. "Davey and Goliath" (1960) {The Zillion Dollar Combo (#5.2)}
  32. "Davey and Goliath" (1960) {Upside Down and Backwards (#5.3)}
  33. "Davey and Goliath" (1960) {Blind Man's Bluff (#4.12)}
  34. "Davey and Goliath" (1960) {Finders Keepers (#4.4)}
  35. "Davey and Goliath" (1960) {Who's George (#4.13)}
  36. "Davey and Goliath" (1960) {Halloween Who-Dun-It}
  37. "Moby Dick and the Mighty Mightor" (1967)
  38. "Davey and Goliath" (1960) {Happy Easter}
  39. Alice of Wonderland in Paris (1966)
  40. A Tiger's Tail (1964)
  41. "Underdog" (1964) {Safe Waif (#1.1)}
  42. "Underdog" (1964) {Simon Says (#1.3)}
  43. "Underdog" (1964) {Zot (#1.8)}
  44. A Dog Gone Snooper (1963) (TV)
  45. A Lot of Bull (1963) (TV)
  46. Achilles Is a Heel (1963) (TV)
  47. Arabian Daze (1963) (TV)
  48. Arty Party (1963) (TV)
  49. Billy Bounce (1963) (TV)
  50. Blunder Down Under (1963) (TV)
  51. Bomb-y Weather (1963) (TV)
  52. Comic Book Capers (1963) (TV)
  53. Down to Earth (1963) (TV)
  54. Enchanted Prince (1963) (TV)
  55. Extra Special Delivery (1963) (TV)
  56. Fearless Female (1963) (TV)
  57. Footloose Fox (1963) (TV)
  58. Funnyland (1963) (TV)
  59. Gone Hollywood (1963) (TV)
  60. Growing Pains (1963) (TV)
  61. Having a Hex of a Time (1963) (TV)
  62. Irving the Indian Nut (1963) (TV)
  63. Jungle Bungle (1963) (TV)
  64. Koko in a London Fog (1963) (TV)
  65. Koko Meets Barney Beatnik (1963) (TV)
  66. Let George Do It (1963) (TV)
  67. Mad Scientist Gets Madder (1963) (TV)
  68. Make Room for Moe (1963) (TV)
  69. Mayor Mean Moe (1963) (TV)
  70. Mean Moe and Cleopatra (1963) (TV)
  71. Mean Moe Cools Off (1963) (TV)
  72. Mean Moe Day (1963) (TV)
  73. Mean Moe Gets the Bird (1963) (TV)
  74. Mean Moe Rain Maker (1963) (TV)
  75. Mean Moe Tells William Tell (1963) (TV)
  76. Mean Moe the Great (1963) (TV)
  77. Mean Moe the Lion Tamer (1963) (TV)
  78. Mean Moe the Star (1963) (TV)
  79. Mean Moe's Fairy Tale (1963) (TV)
  80. Mean Moe's Side Show (1963) (TV)
  81. Medicine Man (1963) (TV)
  82. Moe Moves In (1963) (TV)
  83. Musketeer Moe (1963) (TV)
  84. No Soap (1963) (TV)
  85. On with the Show (1963) (TV)
  86. Plane Stupid (1963) (TV)
  87. Pony Express (1963) (TV)
  88. Rocket Ranger (1963) (TV)
  89. Rodeo (1963) (TV)
  90. Romance Machine Made (1963) (TV)
  91. Sahara Today Gone Tomorrow (1963) (TV)
  92. Sing Along with Moe (1963) (TV)
  93. So Long Ceylon (1963) (TV)
  94. Sold on Manhattan (1963) (TV)
  95. Speak for Yourself Mean Moe (1963) (TV)
  96. Station Breaks (1963) (TV)
  97. Strictly from Lumber (1963) (TV)
  98. The Cliff Hanger (1963) (TV)
  99. The Fan Letter (1963) (TV)
  100. The Hillbillies (1963) (TV)
  101. The Invisible One (1963) (TV)
  102. The Missing Genie (1963)
  103. The River Robbers (1963) (TV)
  104. The Sleeping Beauty (1963) (TV)
  105. The Unwashables (1963) (TV)
  106. Tic Tac Moe (1963) (TV)
  107. Wild West Story (1963) (TV)
  108. You Are Here (1963) (TV)
  109. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {A Visit from Mars}
  110. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {Bedtime Troubles}
  111. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {City Snicker}
  112. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {Cold Wave}
  113. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {Growing Up}
  114. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {Kings of Toyland}
  115. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {Little Lost Ghost}
  116. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {Mother Goose Land}
  117. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {Red Robbing Hood}
  118. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {Small Spooks}
  119. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {Super Spook}
  120. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {The Absent-Minded Robot}
  121. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {The Bored Billionaire}
  122. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {The Enchanted Horse}
  123. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {The Enchanted Prince}
  124. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {The Greedy Giants}
  125. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {The Heart of Gold}
  126. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {The Lonesome Giant}
  127. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {The Magic Touch}
  128. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {The Professor's Problem}
  129. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {The Timid Knight}
  130. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {The Wandering Ghost}
  131. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {The Witching Hour}
  132. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {Twin Trouble}
  133. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {Weather or Not}
  134. "The New Casper Cartoon Show" (1963) {Wendy's Wish}
  135. A Fishy Story (1962) (TV)
  136. A Queen for a Day (1962) (TV)
  137. A-Haunting We Will Go (1962) (TV)
  138. Baby Face (1962) (TV)
  139. Balloon Blues (1962) (TV)
  140. Bluebeard's Treasure (1962) (TV)
  141. Comic Strip (1962) (TV)
  142. Fastest Popgun in the West (1962) (TV)
  143. Flying Saucery (1962) (TV)
  144. Gigantical (1962) (TV)
  145. In the Army (1962) (TV)
  146. Knight Work (1962) (TV)
  147. Koko Gottum Injun Trouble (1962) (TV)
  148. Koko Meets Boobnik (1962) (TV)
  149. Koko Meets Robin Hood (1962) (TV)
  150. Koko Roams in Rome (1962) (TV)
  151. Kokonut, Private Eye (1962) (TV)
  152. Love in Bloom (1962) (TV)
  153. Mean Moe Means Well (1962) (TV)
  154. Mean Moe Takes Over (1962) (TV)
  155. Mean Moe's Money Mad (1962) (TV)
  156. Moving Madness (1962) (TV)
  157. Mummy's the Word (1962) (TV)
  158. Now You See It Now You Don't (1962) (TV)
  159. Polar Bear Facts (1962) (TV)
  160. Pow-wow-wow! (1962) (TV)
  161. Reflection Land (1962) (TV)
  162. Success Story (1962) (TV)
  163. That's Show Biz (1962) (TV)
  164. The Big Bank Robbery (1962) (TV)
  165. The Egg and Me (1962) (TV)
  166. The Mystery Guest (1962) (TV)
  167. The Refriger-raider (1962) (TV)
  168. TV or Not TV (1962) (TV)
  169. Whale of a Story (1962) (TV)
  170. The Inquisit Visit (1961)
  171. Bouncing Benny (1960)
  172. "Matty's Funday Funnies" (1959)
  173. Casper's Birthday Party (1959)
  174. Down to Mirth (1959)
  175. Not Ghoulty (1959)
  176. Old Mother Clobber (1958)
  177. "The Gumby Show" (1957)
  178. "Aubrey and Gus" (1955)
  179. "Maggie Muggins" (1955)
  180. "Howdy Doody" (1954)

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