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Harriet Louisa Johnson

Also Known As: "Sylvia Field"
Birthdate: (97)
Birthplace: Boston, MA, USA
Death: July 31, 1998 (97)
Fallbrook, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Wife of Harold Leroy Moffet and Ernest Truex
Mother of Sally Moffet

Managed by: Geoffrey David Trowbridge
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About Sylvia Field

Harriet Louisa Johnson (Sylvia Field) (born Allston, Massachusetts, 28 February 1901; died Fallbrook, California, 31 July 1998) was a US actress whose several-decades-long career encompassed performances on stage, screen, and TV, where she was best known for playing the understanding Mrs. Martha Wilson opposite the irritable Mr. Wilson (Joseph Kearns) and the mischievous next-door neighbor Dennis (Jay North) on the sitcom Dennis the Menace on CBS between 1959 and 1962.

Field attended Arlington High School in Arlington, Massachusetts. She made her Broadway debut at age 17 in 1918 in The Betrothal (1918).

She entered films in The Exalted Flapper (1929) and appeared in eight more feature films before retiring from movies in 1958, after appearing in Annette. Her most famous roles had her playing the understanding wife or mother, as in the film comedy Junior Miss.

In 1937, she married actor Ernest Truex. Truex specialized in flustered and excitable characters that were neatly complemented by the conciliatory and ultra-feminine Field on the frequent occasions that they played a married couple.

She returned to Broadway in 1923 and played many leading roles. She also toured in several productions.

Field entered TV in 1949 with a New York local sitcom about her own home life, ‘’The Truex Family’’. She was a guest star in over 30 shows, including Perry Mason, Father Knows Best and Hazel. She had her first real TV success as Mrs. Remington (with Truex as her husband) in Mr. Peepers (1953–55). The show was produced in New York and ran three years before Field and her family decided to quit the show and move to Southern California.

Her final TV success was as Martha Wilson in Dennis the Menace (1959–62), in which Jay North starred as a live version of Hank Ketcham's cartoon free spirit. Field's husband in this show, the garrulous George Wilson, was played by Joseph Kearns, who died before the end of the 1962 season and was replaced by Gale Gordon, playing George's brother. Her last major film was the sentimental All Mine to Give (1957). She appeared occasionally in guest roles in TV series until 1975.

After the death of Truex in 1973, Field remained at their home in Fallbrook, south of Los Angeles, where she enjoyed fishing, golfing, and tending her avocado orchard. Field was married three times: 1924 Robert J. Frowhlich (marriage dissolved 1929); 1930 Harold Moffat (died 1938; one daughter); 1942 Ernest Truex (died 1973; three stepsons).

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Sylvia Field's Timeline

February 28, 1901
Boston, MA, USA
April 21, 1932
Age 31
New York, NY, USA
July 31, 1998
Age 97
Fallbrook, CA, USA