Beatrice Pons

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Beatrice Pons
Born(1906-01-28)January 28, 1906
DiedJune 17, 1991(1991-06-17) (aged 85)
Other namesRose Ross
OccupationTeacher, actress
Years active1934–1987
Notable work
The Phil Silvers Show (56–59)
Car 54, Where Are You? (61–63)
Mother's Day (1980)
Spouse(s)David Ross (1934–1975; his death)

Beatrice Pons (January 28, 1906 – June 17, 1991)[3] was an American stage, radio,[4] television and film character actress. She is best known for her recurring television roles on The Phil Silvers Show and Car 54, Where Are You? She appeared as "Mother" in the independent horror film Mother's Day under the name Rose Ross.

Life and career[edit]

Trained as a teacher, Pons began working in chorus and minor roles on Broadway in 1934. She also had a nightclub act doing impressions of famous actresses, comedians and singers.[4] In the mid-1930s, she found work on radio, including the Dick Tracy series starting in January 1938.[5]

Pons' first television appearance was on the NBC anthology series Goodyear Television Playhouse. She may be best-remembered for her recurring roles as Mrs. Emma Ritzik on the television sitcom The Phil Silvers Show and as Lucille Toody on the sitcom Car 54, Where Are You?, with her husband in both series played by veteran comedic actor Joe E. Ross. She also made appearances on the long-running American radio-turned-television series The Goldbergs, The United States Steel Hour, and the CBS prime time drama The Nurses.

In her later years, Pons began appearing in films. In 1964 she made her film debut in the comedy Diary of a Bachelor. In 1980 she played the role of "Mother" in the cult horror film Mother's Day, in which she chose to be credited as Rose Ross (her real-life husband's surname was Ross).[6][7] Her later film credits include Rachel, Rachel and Forever, Lulu.

Personal life[edit]

Pons was married to radio personality David Ross (born David Rosenthal; July 7, 1891 – died November 12, 1975), by whom she had a son, Jonathan.[8]

Pons died on June 17, 1991 in New York. She was buried in Riverside Cemetery, New Jersey.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1951 Big Town Unnamed/unknown role Season 1 (guest role; 1 episode)
1952 Goodyear Television Playhouse Unnamed/unknown role Season 1 (guest role; 1 episode)
1955 Danger Unnamed/unknown role Season 1 (guest role; 1 episode)
1954–56 The Goldbergs Bella/Head Nurse Two separate guest roles (2 episodes)
1958 The United States Steel Hour Danka Season 5 (guest role; 1 episode)
1956–59 The Phil Silvers Show Mrs. Emma Ritzik Seasons 2–4 (recurring role; 14 episodes)
1959 Keep in Step Mrs. Emma Ritzik The Phil Silvers Pontiac Special
1960 Deadline Nurse Season 1 (guest role; 1 episode)
1961–63 Car 54, Where Are You? Lucille Toody Seasons 1–2 (main role; 32 episodes)
1964 The Nurses Mrs. Radnitz Season 3 (guest role; 1 episode)


Year Title Role Notes
1964 Diary of a Bachelor Bachelorette Film debut
1965 Le gendarme à New York La standardiste Uncredited role
1968 Rachel, Rachel Florence
1980 Mother's Day Mother Credited as Rose Ross
1984 Rent Control Leonard's Mother
1987 Forever, Lulu Fortune Teller


  1. ^ Grams, jr, Martin (8 Sep 2010). Car 54, Where Are You?. BearManor Media. p. PT22. ISBN 978-1593937232. Retrieved 17 Jan 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Beatrice Pons Ross". Retrieved October 2, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Profile[permanent dead link],; accessed July 22, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Williams, John 'Willow' (2019). "Beatrice Pons, who are you?". A Tribute to Nat Hiken's 'Car 54 Where Are You?'. Retrieved 17 Jan 2020.
  5. ^ Cox, J. (2002). Radio Crime Fighters: More Than 300 Programs from the Golden Age. MCFARLAND & Company Incorporated. p. 98. ISBN 9780786443246. Retrieved 2020-01-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "TRAUMA-MOMMAS: 10 most Horrifying Movie Moms". Retrieved April 5, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Interview With Mother's Day Actress Nancy Hendrickson" by John Klyza • August 12, 2009 Archived 2011-10-16 at the Wayback Machine "Btw, Rose Ross was actually Beatrice Pons who played the cook's wife on the 1950s TV series, “Sgt. Bilko”, starring Phil Silvers. She was also a regular [as] Officer Toody's wife) on the 1960s show “Car 54, Where Are You?” Since she's passed away now and the statute of limitations is up, I think her true identity can be revealed without getting her in any trouble with the Screen Actors Guild."
  8. ^ New York Times obituary, Friday, November 14, 1975 "DAVID ROSS DIES; POET-ANNOUNCER; Radio Personality, 84 ... Surviving are his wife, the former Beatrice Pons, an actress; a son, Jonathan ... and two children by a prior marriage, David Ross Jr. and Helen Webber; died Wednesday of a heart attack at Lenox Hill Hospital. He was 84 years old and lived at 829 Park Avenue. (subscription required)

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