Between chemotherapy, she worked on projects because she was determined to pursue acting as a "side job."
Actress Markie Post has died at the age of 70, reports PEOPLE.
The Night Court star passed away on August 7, 2021, after battling cancer for nearly four years, manager Ellen Lubin Sanitsky confirmed to Deadline. In a statement, the late actor's family paid tribute to her electric personality both on and off the set.
"With great sadness, the family of actress Markie Post tonight shares her passing after a three-year, ten-month battle with cancer," her family said in a statement. "But for us, our pride is in who she was in addition to acting; a person who made elaborate cakes for friends, sewed curtains for first apartments, and showed us how to be kind, loving, and forgiving in an often harsh world," the statement continued.
I am devastated to hear of the passing of my friend Markie Post. She was a true talent. We did Hearts Afire together and to work with her and John was a gift. F&@k Cancer! #MarkiePost pic.twitter.com/b34yR5C5Th— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) August 8, 2021
The talented woman was born in Palo Alto, California, on November 4, 1950. She's spent around 40 years in the television industry, by working behind the scenes on game shows. She first appeared before the camera as a card dealer on NBC’s Card Sharks, which came out in 1978.
A year later, in 1979, she kicked off her acting career by landing small appearances in episodes of CHiPs, Barnaby Jones, The Incredible Hulk, The Lazarus Syndrome, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Hart to Hart.
She'd appeared in several other series before landing the role of bail bondswoman Terri Michaels in ABC’s The Fall Guy. Between 1982 and 1985, she appeared in a total of 65 episodes in the action drama. The late actor is also known for her role on NBC's Night Court, where she appeared as public defender Christine Sullivan for 159 episodes between 1985 and 1992.
Later in her career, Post opted for recurring roles on dramas such as ABC's Scrubs and Chicago PD. As for films, Post is best known for playing the mother of Cameron Diaz’s Mary in Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s classic 1998 comedy, There’s Something About Mary.
Even after being diagnosed with cancer, the strong woman was determined to pursue acting as “a side job.” Between chemotherapy sessions, she worked on projects such as the Lifetime Christmas movie Four Christmases and a Wedding and ABC series The Kids Are Alright.
Post is survived by her husband, writer Michael A. Ross; daughters, actress Kate Armstrong Ross and Daisy Schoenborn; son-in-law Bryce Schoenborn and her and Michael’s five-month-old granddaughter. Though a memorial is being planned for the late actor, details are yet to be revealed.
May you rest in peace, Markie Post!
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