"Mama Carlson" actress dead


Actress Carol Bruce, who played the station owner and mother of the "Big Guy," station manager Arthur Carlson (the late Gordon Jump) on CBS’ "WKRP in Cincinnati," has died. She was 87. Bruce was actually the second "Mama Carlson," joining the show for its second season in 1979 and continuing until the series ended in 1982. The late Sylvia Sidney was cast in the role for the series pilot. (A bit of trivia: Bruce was actually only 13 years older than Jump.)