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January 20, 1940 (age 78)

13 December 2018 (aged 78)

Maureen Murphy, also known as Mauro Murphy, was an Australian comedian, actress, and celebrity who was popular in the United States during the 1980s. She appeared on HBO, The Tonight Show and on Dom DeLuise's television show. As of 2014, she has been working on a film project titled Caravaggio and My Mother the Pope.



1. Maureen Murphy was born on  March 23, 1939 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

2. She made several appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

3. She also appeared on HBO, An Evening at the Improv on Dom DeLuise's television show.

4. Murphy has also directed a movie titlted “Carravagio: The Search,” where she casted her mother in the film. 

5. She worked on a film project directed and written by her mother Gladys Florence eventually released in 2018 as Caravaggio and My Mother the Pope.

6. Murphy was also a talented artist. She had allegedly painted “Mona Lisa,” as well as brilliant copies of Picasso, Van Gogh, Da Vinci and Raphael on the walls of her home where she lived with her mother.

7. She moved to California after her Irish father fled away with Murphy and her sister.  

8. She worked as a stand-up comedian in tv series The Tonight Show for years. She featured in number of episodes of the show in several seasons and shared the stage with several ace comedians of that time.

9. She also bagged a short role in the English movie Roxanne.

10. She died on December 13, 2018 at the age of 78.


Characters & Roles in Movies & TV shows

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Maureen Murphy featured in 14 episodes of the popular stand-up comedy show series The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. In 1980, she featured in three episodes namely episode 18.12, 18.32 and 18.51 as a guest. In 1981 she appeared in four episodes of the show namely 18.135 (Self - Guest), 18.170 (Self) , 18.173 (Self - Guest) and 19.45 (Self - Guest) again and did a couple of segments of stand-up comedy. In 1982, she shared the stage with Jack Lemmon on the show for one episode. 

She was also on a single Episode dated 3 November 1982.

She also appeared on the show with comedians Tim Convey, Jody Foster in one of the episodes in the year 1983. She featured in the episodes 22.115 and 23.31 in 1983 and 1984 respectively. In 1985 she appeared as guest comic with Chevy Chase in one of the episodes. The 25.25th episode of the year 1986 was the last appearance of Murphy on The Tonight Show. She was invited as herself in the show and performed a piece of stand-up comedy on her last stint on the show.

TV series The Shape Of Things

The Shape Of Things was a comedy TV series that aired in the year 1982. It starred Dottie Archibald, Rhonda Bates, and Steve Bond in the lead roles. Maureen Murphy was seen in 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 of the show as a stand-up comedian.

Other TV Shows & Films

She also took part as a stand-up comedian in other TV shows like Tall, Dark and Handsome, The Dom DeLuise Show, a TV movie titled Return to Green Acres. She also bagged the film titled Roxanne in 1987 in a very small role of a cosmetic clerk. She did not pay a pivotal role in the movie, it was short role with no specific name given to her character.

Family Details


Gladys Florence & John Murphy

Mauren Murphy was the daughter of actress and director, Gladys Florence. Gladys was born on August 11, 1913 in London, England. Her full name was Gladys Florence Norman. She is known for movies like Caravaggio and My Mother the Pope (2018). Gladys married John Murphy. He was her first husband and had two daughters with him one of which is Mauren. 

In one of her interviews, Gladys referred her husband as a 'drunken Irishman' who fled away with her daughters. She then had to allegedly take a break from acting but returned to her after his death. They settled in California. 

Gladys died on February 15, 2013 in Los Angeles, California, USA.  


Eileen Norma Murphy

Mauren Murphy has a younger sister named Eileen Norma Murphy. She got admission into medicines and practiced belly dancing professionally.

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Net Worth 

Maureen Murphy worked as a successful comedian for most of her life. She was not only a popular face in Australia but she also gained immense popularity in the West as she bagged several English shows as well. Her reported net worth as of 2019 was $6.4 M usd dollars.

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Where is the Maureen Murphy Now ? 

Maureen Murphy is dead. She died on December 13, 2018.

Funeral and Resting place 

Maureen Murphy left for her heavenly abode on 13 Dec 2018 at the age of 78 years in Los Angeles County, California, USA. There's no information about her resting place as she was not buried but cremated after her death.


Return to Green Acres (TV Movie)
Tall, Dark and Handsome as
The Dom DeLuise Show (TV Series) as
- Episode #1.1 (1987) - Maureen
Roxanne as
Cosmetics Clerk
The Shape of Things (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (1982)
Assistant Director
Caravaggio and My Mother the Pope (assistant director)
Family Feud (TV Series) as
Self - Celebrity Contestant
- The Funny Men vs. the Funny Women (1989) - Self - Celebrity Contestant
- All-Star Special: Funny Women vs. Funny Men 1989: Game 3 (1989) - Self - Celebrity Contestant
- All-Star Special: Funny Women vs. Funny Men 1989: Game 2 (1989) - Self - Celebrity Contestant
- All Star Special: Funny Women vs. Funny Men Game 5 (1988) - Self - Celebrity Contestant
- All Star Special: Funny Women vs. Funny Men Game 4 (1988) - Self - Celebrity Contestant
The New Hollywood Squares (TV Series) as
Self - Panelist
- Episode dated 17 November 1986 (1986) - Self - Panelist
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) as
Self - Guest / Self / Self - Guest Comic
- Chevy Chase/Maureen Murphy/Vanity (1985) - Self - Guest Comic
- Tim Conway/Jodie Foster/Maureen Murphy (1983) - Self - Guest Comic
- Jack Lemmon/Maureen Murphy (1982) - Self
- Jack Lemmon/Janet Hillis/Maureen Murphy (1982) - Self - Guest
- Goldie Hawn/Maureen Murphy (1980) - Self - Guest
Skip E. Lowe Looks at Hollywood (TV Series documentary) as
- Virginia O'Brien/Maureen Murphy/Jean Litus/David Litus (1984) - Self
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Michael Landon (TV Special) as
The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) as
- Episode dated 20 August 1984 (1984) - Self
- Episode dated 5 January 1984 (1984) - Self
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Mr. T (TV Special) as
The Shape of Things (TV Series) as
- Episode #1.3 (1982) - Self
- Episode #1.2 (1982) - Self
- Episode #1.1 (1982) - Self
The 6th Annual Young Comedians (TV Special) as
The Alan Thicke Show (TV Series) as
- Episode #2.8 (1981) - Self
Women Who Rate a 10 (TV Special) as
An Evening at the Improv (TV Series) as
- Episode #1.1 (1981) - Self


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