Markie Post has died at the age of 70. The ‘There’s Something About Mary’ actress gave up the ghost on Saturday (07.08.21) after battling cancer for 3 years and 10 months, her manager Ellen Lubin Sanitsky has confirmed to Deadline. Even after she fell ill, Markie decided to continue acting as a “side job” and worked on a variety of projects between chemotherapy treatments, including Lifetime’s ‘Four Christmases and a Wedding’ and ABC series ‘The Kids Are Alright.
Her family said during a statement: “But for us, our pride is in who she was additionally to acting; an individual who made elaborate cakes for friends, sewed curtains for first apartments and showed us the way to be kind, loving and forgiving in an often harsh world.” The ‘Night Court’ actress is survived by her husband, Michael A. Ross, their daughters Kate Armstrong Ross and Daisy Schoenborn, and a five-month-old granddaughter. Plans for a memorial service are currently being made, but details including the date and place have yet to be announced.
Markie got her start in showbiz by working behind-the-scenes on game shows including ‘Split Second’ and ‘Double Dare’, before appearing on camera as a card dealer on ‘Card Sharks’. She landed her first acting roles in 1979 with credits on shows including ‘CHiPS’, ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and ‘Hart to Hart’. Between 1982 and 1985 she appeared in 65 episodes of action-drama ‘The Fall Guy and had an extended stint as lawyer Christine Sullivan on ‘Night Court’ from 1985 to 1992. Later in her career, she had a recurring role because the mother of Dr. Elliot Reid on ‘Scrubs’, and also appeared in ‘Chicago P.D.’ and ’30 Rock’. Markie’s best-known movie role was because the mother of Cameron Diaz’s lead character in 1998 comedy classic ‘There’s Something About Mary.