Kay Medford

Kay Medford

About Kay Medford

Kay Medford (September 14, 1914- April 10, 1980) was an American character actress and comedienne. She was born Margaret Kathleen O'Regan in New York City to James and Mary (Kelly) O'Regan, first-generation Irish-American parents, both of whom had died by the time she was 15 years old. She later adopted the name Kay Medford professionally, and began her career after graduating from high school, also working as a nightclub waitress. She was the original 'Mama' in Bye Bye Birdie, starring opposite Dick Van Dyke on Broadway, garnering excellent reviews, but lost the film role to Maureen Stapleton. Medford appeared in the Warner Bros. rock and roll movie Jamboree (1957) in which she played the manager of singer Pete Porter, played by Paul Carr.

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