Newport News, Virginia, USA
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Joyce Bulifant (born December 16, 1937) is an American television actress, notable for her sunny "little girl"-like Southern lilt of a voice. She was a frequent panelist on the television game show Match Game.
Bulifant was born in Newport News, Virginia. In the 1960s, after appearing on Broadway, she guest starred in numerous television programs, including ABC`s Channing and as the innocent young blonde defendant "Nancy Banks", in Perry Mason 1963 episode 197, "The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands". Bulifant, who has been described as "naturally funny", was the original choice for the role of Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, but the part ultimately went to Florence Henderson. After losing that role, Bulifant accepted the role of Marsha Peterson in the half-hour NBC television series The Bill Cosby Show (1969 – 1971). From 1971 through 1977 she portrayed Marie Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. During this time, she also played Marjorie Martin, the wife of Herbert Edelman and the aunt of Robbie Rist in the Saturday morning show Big John, Little John.
She later had a role in the short-lived series Flo, playing Flo`s best friend, Miriam Willoughby. Bulifant also appeared in the movie Airplane!, and as David Spade`s mother on Just Shoot Me!, in addition to guest starring roles on several TV shows, and as a guest panelist on numerous game shows. Joyce appeared on GSN Live on March 21st, 2008. Bulifant has for many years been actively involved with the child abuse prevention non-profit Childhelp, including serving as a Celebrity Ambassador and as a Vice-President on the National Board of Directors.
Bulifant was married to actor James MacArthur (the adopted son of Charles MacArthur and Helen Hayes), actor Edward Mallory and producer William Asher (the former husband of actress Elizabeth Montgomery) Bulifant is the mother of actor and director John Mallory Asher who was born from her second marriage to Mallory and later adopted by her third husband Asher. Bulifant is also the ex-mother-in-law of actress Jenny McCarthy.
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Joyce Caroline Boulifant
Joyce Caroline Bulifant (born December 16, 1937) is an American television actress, notable for her sunny "little girl"-like Southern lilt of a voice. She was a frequent panelist on the television game show Match Game and Chain Reaction, in which she more often than not gave bizarre answers that seldom matched the contestants on the former.
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Joyce Bulifant is married to Roger Perry, they have been married for 13 years (since 2002).
She was married to Glade Bruce Hansen from 2000 to 2001, William Asher from 1976 to 1993, Edward Mallory from 1969 to 1974 and James MacArthur from 1958 to 1967.
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