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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Unforgettable Supporting Character ((Yetta))

(born October 16, 1928)

She was an American actress, who played the neighbor Millie Helper in 61 episodes of the early 1960s’ sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, and later Yetta Rosenberg, Fran Fine’s doddering grandmother, in 56 episodes of the 1990s’ sitcom The Nanny. She began her career as a featured performer and singer in the Billy Barnes Revues of the 1950s and 1960s.

Yetta Rosenberg Jones or Grandma Yetta is Fran's grandmother and the mother of Sylvia and Uncle Jack. The character was played by actress Ann Morgan Guilbert. Yetta is based on Fran’s real-life grandmother.

Yetta, who lives in a retirement home, is frequently seriously forgetful. She often visits Fran at the Sheffield's home and incorrectly assumes Fran and Maxwell are married and that the three children are Fran's.

In one of the episodes, it is revealed that Yetta had a romantic affair with a waiter on the boat to Ellis island, but she was to marry a different man. Yetta's first husband, Shlomo (sometimes referred to as Joe), choked on a chicken bone and died in 1973.

Yetta later finds love with a man named Sammy (Ray Charles) and soon marries him.
The earlier life of Yetta, however, remains a mystery. Yetta and Fran sometimes mention different events in Yetta's life and all of the "facts" together paint it as one of the most interesting stories in the whole series.

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