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Gloria Henry, known for playing mom on Dennis The Menace, dead at 98

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Gloria Henry - who is best known her her role as mother Alice Mitchell in classic sitcom Dennis The Menace - has died just one day after her 98th birthday.

The veteran actress - who has starred in movies alongside Hollywood legends including Gene Autry and Lucille Ball - died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday. 

Henry's daughter Erin Ellwood confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday.

Gloria Henry wearing a dress: Legend: Gloria Henry - who is best known her her role as mother Alice Mitchell in classic sitcom Dennis The Menace - has died just one day after her 98th birthday © Provided by Daily Mail Legend: Gloria Henry - who is best known her her role as mother Alice Mitchell in classic sitcom Dennis The Menace - has died just one day after her 98th birthday

That same day Erin took to her Instagram to share a photo of her talented mother standing in front of the Global Angel Wings Project piece in Downtown LA's Arts District with a heartfelt caption.

She wrote: '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 [heart emoji]'

'She’s flying now, free of her body': The veteran actress - who has starred in movies alongside Hollywood legends including Gene Autry and Lucille Ball - died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday as her daughter Erin Ellwood confirmed the news with this Instagram post © Provided by Daily Mail 'She’s flying now, free of her body': The veteran actress - who has starred in movies alongside Hollywood legends including Gene Autry and Lucille Ball - died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday as her daughter Erin Ellwood confirmed the news with this Instagram post

From 1959 to 1963, Henry starred as Alice Mitchell on Dennis The Menace over four seasons.

She starred opposite Herbert Anderson as hapless husband, Henry, and Jay North as the titular character based on  Hank Ketcham's comic book character.

Of her signature role, Henry aid in a 2011 interview with KTLA-TV Los Angeles: '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.

Sylvia Field, Joseph Kearns, Jay North, Herbert Anderson, Gloria Henry posing for a photo: Signature role: From 1959 to 1963, Henry starred as Alice Mitchell on Dennis The Menace over four seasons © Provided by Daily Mail Signature role: From 1959 to 1963, Henry starred as Alice Mitchell on Dennis The Menace over four seasons Gloria Henry, Herbert Anderson, Jay North sitting next to a child: Family first: She starred opposite Herbert Anderson as hapless husband, Henry, and Jay North as the titular character based on Hank Ketcham's comic book character © Provided by Daily Mail Family first: She starred opposite Herbert Anderson as hapless husband, Henry, and Jay North as the titular character based on Hank Ketcham's comic book character

'Which is pretty funny, because I don't think my own children felt that way.'

On Henry's birthday, Erin shared a photo of a card from Dennis The Menace cartoonist Marcus Hamilton featuring the famous character holding a cake with candles spelling out '98.'

Her daughter captioned the image: 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMA! It’s been a rough month - we weren’t sure if she would make it to 98, but she did! 

text: 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMA!' On Henry's birthday, Erin shared a photo of a card from Dennis The Menace cartoonist Marcus Hamilton featuring the famous character holding a cake with candles spelling out '98' © Provided by Daily Mail 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMA!' On Henry's birthday, Erin shared a photo of a card from Dennis The Menace cartoonist Marcus Hamilton featuring the famous character holding a cake with candles spelling out '98'

'And what a delightful surprise to receive this card from #dennisthemenace #cartoonist Marcus Hamilton! Thank you Marcus, you definitely put a smile on her face!'

Before her role on the classic sitcom, Henry starred alongside Cowboy Gene Autry in The Strawberry Roan (1948) and Riders In The Sky (1949).

She also appeared with Lucille Ball and William Holden in 1949's Miss Grant Takes Richmond.

Her first role was in 1947 drama Sport Of Kings. 

Gloria Henry posing for the camera: Veteran actress: Her first role was in 1947 drama Sport Of Kings © Provided by Daily Mail Veteran actress: Her first role was in 1947 drama Sport Of Kings

After Dennis the Menace, she had two guest roles in TV series Hazel in 1963 and The Farmer's Daughter (1965) before taking an over decade-and-a-half hiatus from acting.  

In the 1980s and 90s she earned guest starring roles on shows including Newhart, Simon & Simon, Silver Spoons, Dallas, Doogie Howser M.D. and Mr. Belvedere.

Her final credit came  in 1 2012 episode of Parks And Recreation as she played Mary-Elizabeth Clinch.

Henry was born in New Orleans on April 2, 1923 and is survived by her three children, daughter Erin and sons Jeffrey and Adam, whom she shared with her late ex-husband Craig Ellwood.

She and Craig, who was a Los Angeles architect, were married from 1949 to 1977 as he died in 1992. 

a couple of people that are talking to each other: Talented: After Dennis the Menace, she had two guest roles on TV in 1963 and 1965 before taking an over decade-and-a-half hiatus from acting and returning in the 1980s and 90s with guest starring roles including this one on Mr. Belvedere in 1990 © Provided by Daily Mail Talented: After Dennis the Menace, she had two guest roles on TV in 1963 and 1965 before taking an over decade-and-a-half hiatus from acting and returning in the 1980s and 90s with guest starring roles including this one on Mr. Belvedere in 1990 Read more
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