Joyce Bulifant

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Joyce Perry (Boulifant)

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Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, United States
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Immediate Family:

Wife of <private> Perry
Ex-wife of Edward Mallory; James MacArthur (adopted); William Milton Asher and <private> Hansen
Mother of John Asher; <private> MacArthur and <private> MacArthur

Occupation: Actress
Managed by: Private User
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Immediate Family

    • ex-husband
    • <private> MacArthur
      child
    • <private> MacArthur
      child
    • <private> Hansen
      ex-spouse
    • <private> Perry
      spouse
    • <private> MacArthur
      ex-husband's child
    • <private> Sears (Asher)
      ex-husband's child
    • <private> Asher
      ex-husband's child
    • <private> Asher
      ex-husband's child

About Joyce Bulifant

Joyce Bulifant is an American television actress, notable for her sunny "little girl"-like Southern lilt of a voice. She was a frequent panelist on the television game show Match Game, more often than not giving bizarre answers that seldom matched the contestants.

Bulifant was born in Newport News, Virginia. In the 1960s, after appearing on Broadway, she guest starred in numerous television programs, including ABC's Channing, in addition to portraying an intended murder victim in an episode of Thriller (U.S. TV series) in 1961: "An Attractive Family", and also as the innocent young blonde defendant "Nancy Banks", in Perry Mason 1963 episode 197: "The Case of the Ice-Cold Hands". Bulifant, who has been described as "naturally funny", was the original choice for the role of Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, but the part ultimately went to Florence Henderson.

After losing that role, Bulifant accepted the role of Marsha Peterson in the half-hour NBC television series The Bill Cosby Show (1969 – 1971). From 1971 through 1977 she portrayed Marie Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. During this time, she also played Marjorie Martin, the wife of Herbert Edelman and the aunt of Robbie Rist in the Saturday morning show Big John, Little John.

She later had a role in the short-lived series Flo, playing Flo's best friend, Miriam Willoughby. Bulifant also appeared in the movie Airplane!, and as David Spade's mother on Just Shoot Me!, in addition to guest starring roles on several TV shows, and as a guest panelist on numerous game shows. Joyce appeared on GSN Live on March 21, 2008.

Bulifant has for many years been actively involved with the child abuse prevention non-profit Childhelp, including serving as a Celebrity Ambassador and as a Vice-President on the National Board of Directors.

Bulifant was married to actor James MacArthur (the adopted son of Charles MacArthur and Helen Hayes), actor Edward Mallory and producer William Asher (the former husband of actress Elizabeth Montgomery) Bulifant is the mother of actor and director John Mallory Asher who was born from her second marriage to Mallory and later adopted by her third husband Asher. Bulifant is also the ex-mother-in-law of actress Jenny McCarthy.

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Joyce Bulifant's Timeline

1937
December 16, 1937
Newport News, Virginia, United States
1971
January 13, 1971
Age 33
Los Angeles, CA, United States