Born Anna Myrtle Swoyer, May 10, 1922, in Philadelphia, PA; died of lung cancer, March 25, 1992, in Studio City, CA. Actress and director.
Walker was well known for her television appearances in the 1970s as Rhoda Morgenstern's overbearing mother, Ida, first in the series The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and then in Rhoda. She was also known for her paper towel commercials, which promoted the quality of Bounty brand toweling as the "quicker picker-upper." Walker made her debut on Broadway in 1941, appearing inBest Foot Forward. In 1943, she went on to make her film debut in themovie version of this play, reprising her role. Walker appeared in numerous stage productions, including On the Town, Look, Ma, I'm Dancin', Copper andBrass, and Do-Re-Mi. She also directed several plays, including Fallen Angels. Her film credits include Girl Crazy, Stand Up and BeCounted, and Murder by Death. Among the television productions sheappeared in are Family Affair, McMillan and Wife, and True Colors, and Walker also made guest appearances on The Golden Girls.