Marjorie Lord, 'Make Room for Daddy' Star, Dead at 97

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Actress Marjorie Lord attends the premiere of 'The Girl In The Freudian Slip' on May 18, 1967 at the Booth Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 'Love and the Single Couple' - Airdate on October 27, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) MARJORIE LORD
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LOS ANGELES - APRIL 4: Portrait of Marjorie Lord who played Kathy O'Hara Williams in 'Make Room For Daddy,' (alternate: 'The Danny Thomas Show). Image dated April 4, 1959. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 4: Portrait of Marjorie Lord who played Kathy O'Hara Williams in 'Make Room For Daddy,' (alternate: 'The Danny Thomas Show). Image dated April 4, 1959. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Marjorie Lord on the CBS gameshow, PASSWORD. Image dated September 11, 1962. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 'Love and the Single Couple' - Airdate on October 27, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) MARJORIE LORD
SWEET SURRENDER -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (back row l-r) Thom Sharp as Marty Gafney, Christopher Rich as Vaughn Parker, David Doyle as Frank Macklin (front row l-r) Viveka Davis as Cak, unknown, Edan Gross as Bart Holden, Mark Blum as Ken Holden, Dana Delany as Georgia Holden, Marjorie Lord as Joyce Holden (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SWEET SURRENDER -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (top l-r) Mark Blum as Ken Holden, David Doyle as Frank Macklin, Marjorie Lord as Joyce Holden (front l-r) Edan Gross as Bart Holden, Dana Delany as Georgia Holden, Sarah Simms as the baby (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actress Marjorie Lord attends the premiere of 'The Girl In The Freudian Slip' on May 18, 1967 at the Booth Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Marjorie Lord attends Fifth Annual Legacy Awards on November 13, 1993 at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actress Marjorie Lord arrives at the 50th Anniversay Benefit Gala of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
Actress Marjorie Lord arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Footprints' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/FilmMagic)
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Marjorie Lord, the actress best known for playing Danny Thomas' sitcom wife on 11 seasons of "Make Room for Daddy," has died at age 97.

Lord, who became a philanthropist in L.A. after leaving acting and co-founded the Scripter Award, was found in her Beverly Hills home on November 28, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Lord was the widow of longtime Union Bank of California chairman Harry Volk, who helped establish L.A.'s Music Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

She was also mother of Oscar-nominated "Fatal Attraction" star Anne Archer, her daughter from her marriage to her first husband, actor John Archer. She also had a son, Gregg Archer.

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Lord got her start on Broadway in the 1930s when she was still in her teens, then headed West during Hollywood's Golden Age after signing contracts at RKO and later Universal.

But she became a star onhis television in the 1950s, first on Danny Thomas' sketch show and then on his family sitcom "Make Room for Daddy," which ran through 1965.

Other credits include the 1943 movie "Sherlock Holmes in Washington," the short-lived 1970 sitcom "Make Room for Grandaddy" and the 1988 TV movie "Side by Side."

For the last several decades, she devoted less time to acting and more to supporting arts endeavors in L.A., including the Joffrey Ballet, the Music Center and the USC libraries — where she helped found the Scripter Award in 1988 to recognize authors and screenwriters for book adaptations.

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