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With her pageboy haircut and distinctively flute-like voice, Mary Gross was one of the leading lights of the 1981-'85 casts of "Saturday Night Live. " Plucked from Chicago's Second City by new showrunner Dick Ebersol, Gross was one of the only cast members to stay throughout Ebersol's tenure on the show; she specialized in quiet, mousy characters and oddball celebrity impersonations such as Nancy Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. After leaving SNL when creator Lorne Michaels came back in 1985, Gross moved into small character roles in comedy films and guest TV spots. Her older brother, Michael Gross, co-starred on the hit 1980s sitcom "Family Ties."

With her pageboy haircut and distinctively flute-like voice, Mary Gross was one of the leading lights of the 1981-'85 casts of "Saturday Night Live. " Plucked from Chicago's Second City by new showrunner Dick Ebersol, Gross was one of the only cast members to stay throughout Ebersol's tenure on the show; she specialized in quiet, mousy characters and oddball celebrity impersonations such as Nancy Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. After leaving SNL when creator Lorne Michaels came back in 1985, Gross moved into small character roles in comedy films and guest TV spots. Her older brother, Michael Gross, co-starred on the hit 1980s sitcom "Family Ties."

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Mary Gross of Brigantine died on June 2 at the age of 96 at home after a short illness. She was the wife of the late William Gross with whom she shared 31 years of marriage until his death in 1977. She is predeceased by her infant son Philip and her four brothers Jack, Lawrence, Billy and Michael. She is survived by her son, Mark Gross, her daughter Carol and her husband John Calcerano, two great grandsons Gavin and Carl, three granddaughters, Sara and Megan Calcerano and Kelly Gross. There are also three nieces: Merle Gross, Margo Spoolstra and Rhoden Vignavd.