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Mae Laborde (May 13, 1909 – January 9, 2012) was an American television and film actress, who began her career at the age of 93 and who was active until her death at age 102. She was best known for her appearances on Talkshow with Spike Feresten as well as portraying Gladys on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Born in 1909 to Paul and Fereday Shamlian,in Fresno, Laborde arrived in Los Angeles at the height of the Great Depression. She met her husband, Nicholas Laborde, when he was the conductor on Los Angeles’ old Red Car trolley line that she took home from work. She worked throughout her life, including a stint as bookkeeper for Lawrence Welk. She began acting in 2002 in her 90s. She was also the subject of the featured article on Yahoo! on March 30, 2007.She appeared frequently on Talkshow with Spike Feresten. Although not an acting gig, she appeared as an interviewee in the 1998 KCET production of “More Things That Aren’t Here Anymore” hosted by veteran broadcaster Ralph Story.
On Saturday, February 21, 2009, at 99 years old, she was awarded an honorary DTV converter box on Feresten’s show in recognition of her very funny taped clip showing her difficulties in attempting to install a DTV converter box. The clip has been ranked #1 as the most-watched viral download. Laborde died in 2012, aged 102, in Santa Monica, where she had lived for more than 80 years.
Laborde outlived both her husband, Nicholas, and their only child, their daughter, Mrs. Shirley Miller. Laborde was survived by three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.