Florida Friebus

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Florida Friebus was born in Auburndale, Massachusetts back in 1909. Her father Theodore was a stage actor with Boston’s Castle Square. She began her acting career in 1929 in New York City where she played in The Cradle Song at the Civic Repertory Theater.

As she progressed she learned the trade will appearing on TV programs such as The Joseph Cotton Show, The Ford Theatre Hour, Perry Mason, The Partridge Family and Rhoda to name a few. She also read stories to children on Look and Listen on KNXT in Los Angeles, California. She died in Laguna Niguel, California in 1988, she was 78.

For those of you who are old enough while you may not recognize her name surely you will recognize what she is most notable for. She was the mother of Dwayne Hickman’s character Dobie Gillis on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and Mrs. Lillian Bakerman on The Bob Newhart Show.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray OMG... I remember watching Dobie Gillis.... and I loved Rhoda....

Jan 27, 2020 02:35 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. You are aging me! I do have memories of watching Dobie Gillis and Perry Mason. The TV was much smaller then. Enjoy your day!

Jan 27, 2020 04:26 AM #2
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

And don't forget Maynard G. Krebbs. I have not thought of that show in eons

May Monday start your week out just right James Dray 

Jan 27, 2020 04:30 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well I guess age has some advantages when you remember these shows. I sure did not know her first name was Florida.

Jan 27, 2020 04:49 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Must have been feeding the cows or something frivolous as I never watched the shows.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 27, 2020 04:54 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - character actors are a reminder that there are many stars who work in Hollywood beyond the big names some of us are more familiar.  

Jan 27, 2020 05:22 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had no idea, was not a big TV watcher.  My father called it the "idiot box".  Wishing you a great week.  A

Jan 27, 2020 08:10 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... I never watch Dobie Gillis, so obviously have no recollection of Florida. I did watch the Bob Newhard show, but still can't quite picture her.

Jan 27, 2020 09:02 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon James. Nope I didn't know the name but I do remember the actress and the role.

Jan 27, 2020 09:34 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I did Google her name and saw her photo which looked familiar to me. 

Jan 27, 2020 11:02 AM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Florida certainly put her acting chops to good use. Those were very popular shows at the time. 

Jan 27, 2020 02:42 PM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I never missed that show and of course loved Maynard G Krebs.

Jan 27, 2020 03:09 PM #12
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing the story of Florida Friebus.  Though I'm not real familiar with her, I have seen many of the shows she was affiliated with.

Jan 27, 2020 09:02 PM #13
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,  I guess I'd have to see a photo of her.  I watched Dobie Gillis, Perry Mason and Rhoda, but can't place Florida. And I didn't know Joseph Cotton had a show.  I'll have to look carefully when I see Perry Mason reruns.

Jan 28, 2020 04:24 AM #14
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I liked Dobie Gillis and Bob Newheart but I still have no idea who she is James Dray 

Jan 28, 2020 06:59 AM #15
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

What I strongly remember about the Dobbie Gillis TV show was Maynard Krebs and his strong aversion to “work”. He would shudder every time someone mentioned the work “job” or “work”.

Feb 16, 2020 03:42 PM #16
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