Ann Morgan Guilbert, star of 'Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'The Nanny,' dies at 87

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Ann Morgan Guilbert, known for her role on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," has died at age 87.

Guilbert died in a Los Angeles hospital following a battle with cancer, per the Associated Press. Guilbert played Millie Helper, the Petrie's neighbor and Laura's (Mary Tyler Moore) best friend, on the popular 1960s sitcom for its entire five season run.

Guilbert's onscreen career began in the 60s, when she appeared on other popular shows like "My Three Sons" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour."

Following the end of "The Dick Van Dyke Show," Guilbert went on to numerous TV guest roles on "I Dream of Jeannie," "Dragnet 1967," "The Partridge Family," and "Love, American Style." She also played Nora in "The New Andy Griffith Show"in 1971.

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LOS ANGELES - JUNE 26: THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW episode: 'Jealousy' featuring (from left) Mary Tyler Moore (as Laura Petrie); Jerry Paris (as Jerry Helper) and Ann Morgan Guilbert (as Millie Helper). Image dated June 26, 1961. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 'Love and the Decision' - Airdate November 6, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PAT PAULSEN;BARABARA DARROW;ANN MORGAN GUILBERT
THE FANELLI BOYS -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (clockwise from top left) Andy Hirsch as Ronnie Fanelli, Ned Eisenberg as Anthony Fanelli, Christopher Meloni as Frankie Fanelli, Ann Morgan Guilbert as Theresa Fanelli, Joe Pantoliano as Dominic Fanelli -- (Photo by: Theo Westenberger/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE FANELLI BOYS -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ned Eisenberg as Anthony Fanelli, Joe Pantoliano as Dominic Fanelli, Christopher Meloni as Frankie Fanelli, Andy Hirsch as Ronnie Fanelli, Ann Morgan Guilbert as Theresa Fanelli -- (Photo by: Theo Westenberger/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOME IMPROVEMENT - 'To Build or Not to Build' - Airdate: May 5, 1993. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) EARL HINDMAN;ANN MORGAN GUILBERT
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 18: THE NANNY, episode: 'The Boca Story'. Featuring Ann Morgan Guilbert (as Yetta). Image dated April 18, 1997. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Yetta gives Sammy Portnoy, portrayed by American singer Ray Charles (1930 - 2004), a hug in a scene from 'The Nanny' episode 'Fair Weather Fran,' Los Angeles, California, November 6, 1997. L-R: American actresses Fran Drescher (as Fran Fine), Renee Taylor (as Sylvia Fine), Ann Morgan Guilbert (as Yetta Rosenberg) and Charles. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Yetta, portrayed by American actress Ann Morgan Guilbert, sits at the piano with Sammy Portnoy, portrayed by American singer Ray Charles (1930 - 2004), in a scene from 'The Nanny' episode 'Fair Weather Fran,' Los Angeles, California, November 6, 1997. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Ann Morgan Guilbert, who reprises her role as Millie Helper, poses for a portrait on the set of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited,' Los Angeles, California, March 12, 2004. (Photo by Tony Esparza/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
The cast of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited' pose for a portrait on the set, Los Angeles, California, March 30, 2004. Left to right, standing, American actors Carl Reiner, Jerry Van Dyke, Ann Morgan Guilbert, and Larry Matthews. Left to right, sitting, American actors Rose Marie, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore. (Photo by Tony Esparza/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Ann Morgan Guilbert arrives at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch at BOA Steakhouse on January 15, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 15: Ann Morgan Guilbert arrives at the Film Independent - Spirit Awards filmmaker nominee brunch held at BOA Steakhouse on January 15, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Ann Morgan Guilbert, winner of the Robert Altman award for 'Please Give', attends the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 26, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Actress Ann Morgan Guilbert onstage during the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 26, 2011 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Randall Michelson/WireImage)
REBECCA HALL ANN MORGAN GUILBERT AMANDA PEET & CATHERINE KEENER PLEASE GIVE (2010)
This image released by CBS shows Ann Guilbert in a scene from the CBS series, "Life In Pieces." Guilbert, beloved as the next-door neighbor on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and seen recently on CBS' comedy "Life in Pieces," died of cancer on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. She was 87. (CBS via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO ARCHIVE; NO SALES; FOR NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY.
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In 1995, she played Mama Ragetti in the comedy sequel "Grumpier Old Men" opposite Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Sophia Loren.

Guilbert also made multiple appearances on "Seinfeld" as Evelyn, a resident of the same retirement community as Jerry's parents. She would also go on to star in the critically panned Larry David movie "Sour Grapes" and in David's hit HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

She also delighted audiences on the Fran Drescher comedy series "The Nanny," playing Fran's grandmother Yetta Rosenberg.

More recently, Guilbert appeared on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Modern Family," "Grey's Anatomy," and "Life in Pieces."

Guilbert is survived by her two children, acting coach and writer Nora Eckstein and actress Hallie Todd.

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