Gloria Henry, Mom On 'Dennis The Menace,' Dead At 98

Post by: Rick Ellis 17 April, 2021

Gloria Eileen McEniry, best known to TV audiences for her role as mother to Dennis Mitchell on the 1950s TV series Dennis The Menace, is dead.

According to family members, McEniry died at her Los Angeles home on April 4th of undisclosed causes. She was 98.

Born in New Orleans in 1923, McEniry moved to Los Angeles after high school and signed a contract with Columbia Studios in 1946 under the name Gloria Henry.

She had modest roles in a number of movies, including in the Marlene Dietrich film Rancho Notorious and the William Holden/Lucille Ball film Miss Grant Takes Richmond.

In 1959, she was cast in the CBS TV series Dennis The Menace as Alice Mitchell, the voice of reason and calm between the twin forces of her twitchy husband Henry (Herbert Anderson) and her young troublemaking son Dennis (Jay North).

The series lasted four years, but it also marked the essential end of her acting career. She said in a 1978 Washington Post interview that she found it impossible to get work after the series ended.

McEniry spent the next fifty years as a PTA mother and longtime arts benefactor in Los Angeles.

She is survived by her three children Jeff, Erin and Adam along with a grandchild, Amelie.

Last modified on Saturday, 17 April 2021 12:39