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The Flying Nun aired on ABC from September 1967 until September 1970.

The subject of this comedy was Sister Bertrille ( Sally Field), a bright, effusive young novice-the former Elsie Ethington-who brightened the lives of all at the ancient Convent San Tanco, situated on a hilltop near San Juan, Puerto Rico. Not the least of Sister Bertrille's attributes was that she could fly. How? Well, " when lift plus thrus is greater than load plus drag," any object can fly, including Sister Bertrille, who weighed only 90 pounds. Whenever a stiff wind caught the starched cornette worn by her order, off she went. These aerodynamics were not always pleasant. Occasionally Sister Bertrille would get dunked in the ocean or be thrust in the midst of unlikely goings-on, and once she was almost shot down as an enemy aircraft ( a pelican once fell in love with her too). Least impressed was her staid, conservative Mother Superior (Madeline Sherwood). But Sister Bertrille got along well with the wise and humorous Sister Jacqueline ( Marge Redmond), and with Sister Sixto ( Shelley Morrison), the Puerto Rican nun who fought a running battle with the English language. Sister Bertrille was also admired-from a distance-by Carlos Ramirez ( Alejandro Rey), the rich, handsome playboy owner of a discotheque in town who was a patron of the convent. Believe it or not, The Flying Nun was commended by some religious orders-for humanizing nuns and their work. It was based on the book The Fifteenth Pelican by Tere Rios.


Here Is Alejandro Rey's Obituary

Alejandro Rey Is Dead; A Film and a TV Actor
Published: May 24, 1987

LOS ANGELES, May 23 Alejandro Rey, who played a charitable playboy in the television series ''The Flying Nun'' and an immigration lawyer in the movie ''Moscow on the Hudson,'' died of cancer Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Ron Wise, a spokesman, said Friday. Mr. Rey was 57 years old.

Mr. Rey appeared in at least 50 movies, including ''Mr. Majestyk,'' ''Blindfold,'' ''Swarm,'' ''Cuba,'' ''Synanon,'' ''Terrorvision'' and ''The Ninth Configuration.''

He also had guest roles in such television series as ''Dallas,'' ''Gunsmoke,'' ''Naked City,'' ''Fantasy Island'' and ''Love Boat.'' He directed episodes of the comedy soap opera ''Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman'' and the situation comedy ''The Facts of Life.''

In ''The Flying Nun'' he played Carlos Ramirez, a playboy who ran a discotheque in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and always ended up doing things for the local convent. Sally Field played Sister Bertrille in the series, which ran from 1967 to 1970 on ABC.

In ''Moscow on the Hudson,'' Robin Williams played a Soviet defector to the United States who seeks help from Mr. Rey.

Born Feb. 8, 1930, in Buenos Aires, Mr. Rey became an American citizen in 1964, said his manager, Mitl Suchin.

He is survived by his former wife, Joyce, and a son, Brandon.

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Here is Linda Dangcil's Obituary

Actress, dancer Linda Dangcil dies at 67

2:02 PM PDT 5/8/2009 by Mike Barnes , AP

Known for role as Sister Ana in 'The Flying Nun'
LOS ANGELES -- Linda Dangcil, a dancer and actress who played Sister Ana on the ABC series "The Flying Nun," died May 7 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after an eight-year battle with throat cancer. She was 67.

Dangcil appeared as a teenager in the mid-'50s with Mary Martin in the Broadway and TV versions of "Peter Pan," and co-director Jerome Robbins selected her as one of the principal dancers in his 1961 film "West Side Story."

The San Francisco native played Sister Ana, one of the nuns in Convent San Tanco near San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 37 episodes of "The Flying Nun" alongside star Sally Field. The series ran from 1967-70.

Dangcil appeared as Elena on the PBS bilingual children series "Villa Alegre" and guest-starred on numerous TV series, including "Rawhide," "The Rifleman," "Stagecoach West," "The Judge" "The Bold Ones" and "Here Come the Brides," in which she played an Asian woman opposite Bruce Lee.

Her work as a voice actress included several cartoon characters, most notably in the '80s syndicated series "Jem."

On stage, Dangcil sang and danced several roles in the First National Tour of "A Chorus Line" at the Shubert Theater in Los Angeles. She was last seen on the L.A. stage in the role of Sally in the East West Players production of "Follies."

Dangcil choreographed and assisted in many productions at her high school alma mater, Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, and directed several new productions for Los Angeles Play Festivals. She was an active member of several SAG committees and a teacher and mentor to many.

Dangcil is survived by her husband, jazz musician Dick Hamilton, and her daughter Linda Michele, son Sky Hamilton, brother Mel Dangcil, granddaughter Ameleia and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are pending.

Here is Madeline Sherwood's Obituary from The New York Times

Madeleine Sherwood, 93, Actress on Stage, Film and Flying Nun, Dies


After Madeleine Sherwood, a Canadian actress, hitchhiked to New York in 1949, she slept on a stone bench outside the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue for two nights and subsisted on unbuttered rolls from the Automat.

She got a nursing job, but her patient died after 10 days, so she worked as a cigarette girl at the Havana Madrid nightclub on Broadway and modeled coats until, after two and a half years, her agent sent her to the stage director Jed Harris.

I told him I'd done a TV show about witchcraft, she recalled, and he said, You look like a witch.

It was a compliment. Harris was recruiting actors for the premiere of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Ms. Sherwood, who died on April 23 at 93, was cast as Mercy, the colonial servant who falsely accuses neighbors of witchcraft, and understudied Abigail, the minister's niece whose accusations trigger the Salem trials. She was soon given the role of Abigail and originated it when the play opened on Broadway on Jan. 22, 1953, performing with fire and skill, Brooks Atkinson wrote in The New York Times.

She went on to star in Broadway and film versions of Tennessee Williams's plays but reached her widest audience as the strict but benevolent Rev. Mother Superior Placido in the proto-feminist 1960s television fantasy The Flying Nun, with Sally Field.

Reviewing that show in The Times in 1967, Jack Gould wrote that the premise of a 90-pound nun with an oversize, aerodynamic cornet offered the potential for basically a one-joke event, but added, In the byplay with a bemused senior nun, played very effectively by Marge Redmond, and in the compassionate sternness of the mother superior, played by Madeleine Sherwood, there are the ingredients for a very human comedy in an uncommon environment.

It ran for 82 episodes on ABC until April 1970.

In the 1950s, Ms. Sherwood was blacklisted for suspected Communist sympathies (around the time of her appearance in The Crucible, Arthur Miller's allegory about McCarthyism), and in the 1960s she was an impassioned and imprisoned advocate for civil rights.

Madeleine Louise Helene Thornton was born in Montreal on Nov. 13, 1922, to Laurence Thornton and the former Yvonne Villard. The granddaughter of McGill University's dean of dentistry, she first appeared in a church Passion play when she was 4 and was later cast in Canadian television dramas and soap operas. She attended the Yale School of Drama.

She never gave up her Canadian citizenship and returned to Canada in the early 1990s. She died at her childhood home in Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec, about 50 miles northwest of Montreal, according to Melissa Fitch, a family friend.

Her marriage to Robert Sherwood ended in divorce. She is survived by their daughter, Chloe Fox; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In a video interview by Miriam Laurence, titled Madeleine's Method: Recipe for the Actor, Ms. Sherwood recalled going to New York after escaping from a hospital in Hartford, where she had been treated for postpartum depression and, she said, faced a lobotomy.

All my life, since I was a tiny girl, my idea has been to be in New York and on the stage, she told the columnist Ward Morehouse at the time, saying she had hitchhiked there.

In 1952, she filled in briefly for Kim Stanley on Broadway in Horton Foote's The Chase before getting her big break as Abigail in The Crucible.

After The Crucible, Elia Kazan cast her as Mae Pollitt, the odious sister-in-law, in Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and as Miss Lucy, Boss Finley's mistress, in Williams's Sweet Bird of Youth. She reprised both roles on the screen. She is perfection in the part, the film historian John DiLeo wrote.

A member of the Actors Studio since 1958, Ms. Sherwood appeared again on Broadway in Camelot in 1961, The Night of the Iguana in 1962 and Edward Albee's All Over in 1971.

Her film debut was in Williams's Baby Doll in 1956, directed by Kazan. She also appeared in Otto Preminger's Hurry, Sundown in 1969 and The Changeling in 1980 as well as on the soap operas As the World Turns, One Life to Live and The Guiding Light.

A member of the Congress of Racial Equality, Ms. Sherwood was arrested in 1963 during a freedom walk and, according to several profiles, was sentenced to six months hard labor, although it was unclear how much time she actually served.

During the blacklist, when performers were denied work because of their leftist ties, Ms. Sherwood was never called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. But Kazan, a former Communist, was and named names, which prompted critics to question his Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1999 when he was an ailing 89-year-old.

Interviewed on a 2003 PBS American Masters documentary, Ms. Sherwood was asked whether she would have testified if she had been summoned.

I think I was not well known or important enough, but people have said to me, What would you have done if you had been called up? she said. I don't know. I don't think anybody knows what they would do if they were not in that position.

It's all very well to say of Kazan, Why give him a lifetime achievement award? But the name of this documentary is Not Without Sin. You have to look inside and question yourself. And it's not easy to do.

Correction: April 29, 2016
An obituary on Wednesday about the actress Madeleine Sherwood misstated the day she died. It was Saturday, April 23 not last Friday, April 22. The obituary also misidentified the type of headgear worn by Sally Field on the television show The Flying Nun, on which Ms. Sherwood was a co-star. It was a cornet, a kind of headdress worn by nuns not a coronet, a kind of crown.

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