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Betty Murphy was a character actress with a number of television and film appearances to her credit, including recurring roles on two series. She began her career with a bit part in the TV movie "Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan" (1975), with five years passing before her next role. This time, however, it was in a high-profile film, the hit "Urban Cowboy" (1980), in which she played the mother of John Travolta's starring character of Bud. Once again, a wide gulf of time passed until her supporting role in the World War I drama "1918" (1985). The 1990s proved more fruitful for Murphy, as she garnered several parts on TV, including guest roles on the David E. Kelley comedy-drama "Picket Fences" (CBS 1992-96) and in the Eddie Murphy film "Life" (1999). As the calendar turned to the 2000s, Murphy's career continued to pick up steam, as she accumulated a number television credits playing middle-aged character roles on a variety of situation comedies and procedural dramas. She scored her first recurring role as neighborhood crazy cat lady Alberta Fromme on the campy "Desperate Housewives" (ABC 2004-2012). Murphy's steady work in film and television continued unabated after she left "Desperate...

Betty Murphy was a character actress with a number of television and film appearances to her credit, including recurring roles on two series. She began her career with a bit part in the TV movie "Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan" (1975), with five years passing before her next role. This time, however, it was in a high-profile film, the hit "Urban Cowboy" (1980), in which she played the mother of John Travolta's starring character of Bud. Once again, a wide gulf of time passed until her supporting role in the World War I drama "1918" (1985). The 1990s proved more fruitful for Murphy, as she garnered several parts on TV, including guest roles on the David E. Kelley comedy-drama "Picket Fences" (CBS 1992-96) and in the Eddie Murphy film "Life" (1999). As the calendar turned to the 2000s, Murphy's career continued to pick up steam, as she accumulated a number television credits playing middle-aged character roles on a variety of situation comedies and procedural dramas. She scored her first recurring role as neighborhood crazy cat lady Alberta Fromme on the campy "Desperate Housewives" (ABC 2004-2012). Murphy's steady work in film and television continued unabated after she left "Desperate Housewives" in 2006. She returned to series TV in 2013 with a recurring role in the dark comedy-drama "Getting On" (HBO 2013-15).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Highlander (1986)
2.
 Shine on Harvest Moon (1944) Desk sergeant
3.
 In Old Chicago (1938) Police officer
4.
 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) Bailiff
5.
 The Girl of the Golden West (1938) "Sonora Slim"
6.
 Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937) Detective
7.
 Portia on Trial (1937) Inspector Carlton
8.
 That Man's Here Again (1937) Policeman
9.
 One Mile from Heaven (1937) Master of ceremonies
10.
 It Could Happen to You (1937) Moriarity
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