Born on July 23, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri, Edie McClurg began her performing career at age five with the oxymoronic Kansas City Rhythm Kids. She retired when the dance teacher was arrested on a morals charge for "dating" the tall and lissome, yet underage, star dancer in the troupe. That girl's big number culminated with a back-bend where Edie drank a soda upside down (of course).
She has a Bachelor's degree in Speech Education and a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University and taught radio at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for eight years. There she re-entered the entertainment field as a DJ, newswoman and producer for the NPR affiliate KCUR-FM. Her proudest moment was portraying John Ehrlichman in Conversation 26 of the NPR national broadcast of the Nixon Tape Transcripts. Thus did Edie contribute to the peaceful overthrow of the government of an unindicted co-conspirator.
Her career-long devotion to satirical improvisation included an impressive tenure with The Groundlings. She went on to create original characters, performed on the short-lived talk show The David Letterman Show (1980): Mrs. Marv Mendenhall, Dot Duncan, Whirly June Pickens, Officer Jeanelle Archer, 105-year-old Edie, etc. Television has been a home to many of Edie's characters -- on The Richard Pryor Show (1977); as Lucille Tarlek, wife of mega-obnoxious advertising salesman Herb Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati (1978); and as Mrs. Poole on Valerie (1986).
Her movie career growth paralleled her ten years with The Groundlings. Her first film was 布莱恩·德's teen horror classic 魔女嘉莉 (1976). She did several 约翰·休斯 films, including 春天不是读书天 (1986), 落难见真情 (1987), 天下父母心 (1988) and 街头俏妞 (1991). Offbeat cult favorites are 食用雷欧 (1982), 销魂天师 (1988), HBO's The Pee Wee Herman Show (1981), and 马丁·马尔's The History of White People in America (1985).
In more mainstream films, she received a National Media Award for her portrayal of a mentally disabled woman in Bill: On His Own (1983), starring 米基·鲁尼. She has acted for 罗伯特·雷德福 in 大河恋 (1992), for 奥利佛·斯通 in 天生杀人狂 (1994), for 黛安·基顿 in 挂线情未了 (2000), and she was named Best Actress of the Chicago Alternative Film Festival for her portrayal of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski's mother.
Edie's most recent accomplishments: the nosy lady on Fat Actress (2005), 大卫·斯佩德's nasty neighbor in 过气童星 (2003), 达纳·卡维's mother in Sony Pictures' 变装大师 (2002), 简·卡兹玛拉克's friend on Malcolm in the Middle (2000), guest-starring on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), NBC's Providence (1999), WB's 7th Heaven (1996), 莉·汤普森's mother on Caroline in the City (1995) and several animation roles for television and in features, such as The Little Mermaid (1989), 淘气小兵兵 (1998) and as Dr. Flora in 虫虫危机 (1998). She also did the voice of a Midwestern minivan for Pixar's 赛车总动员 (2006).