Madeleine Sherwood The Flying Nun

November 13, 2011 by staff 

Madeleine Sherwood The Flying Nun, Actress Madeleine Sherwood (“The Flying Nun”) is 89, Madeleine Sherwood (born November 13, 1922) is a Canadian actress of stage, film and television. She is widely known for her portrayals of Mae/Sister Woman and Miss Lucy in both the Broadway and film versions of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth. She starred or featured in 18 original Broadway productions including Arturo Ui, Do I Hear a Waltz? and Invitation to a March. However, she may be best remembered as Reverend Mother Placido to Sally Field’s Sister Bertrille in The Flying Nun from 1967-1970.

The Flying Nun is an American sitcom produced by Screen Gems for ABC based on the 1965 book The Fifteenth Pelican, by Tere Rios, which starred Sally Field as Sister Bertrille. The series originally ran on ABC from September 7, 1967 to September 18, 1970, producing 83 episodes.
Developed by Bernard Slade, the series centered on the adventures of a community of nuns in the Convent San Tanco in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The comic elements of the storyline were provided by the flying ability of a novice nun, Sister Bertrille, played by Sally Field in her second sitcom role after Gidget.

In the series pilot, Sister Bertrille, a native of Chicago, arrived from New York City after having been arrested for being involved in a protest. It was also later learned in the episode “My Sister, the Sister” that Sister Bertrille had come from a family of doctors and is the only one who did not follow in their footsteps. Also, it was revealed in the same episode that her birth name was Elsie Ethrington. She became a nun after being impressed by the missionary work of her aunt.

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