Reta Shaw was an American character actress, known for playing authoritative women, housekeepers, and domineering wives, especially on television. Her Disney roles included Tillie Lagerlof in Pollyanna, Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, and Mrs. Grindley in Escape to Witch Mountain, which was her final film role.
Shaw began her career on Broadway, where she soon originated the role of Mabel in The Pajama Game, a role reprised in a film adaptation. She would appear several motion pictures, such as Picnic, The Ghost And Mr. Chicken, Bachelor in Paradise, and The Loved One.
Primarily finding work in television, Shaw appeared on many popular shows from the 1950s to the 1970s, such as The Ann Sothern Show, Ichabod and Me, The Tab Hunter Show, Pete and Gladys, The Cara Williams Show, The Lucy Show, Wagon Train, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Lost in Space, The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, The Brian Keith Show, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, The Odd Couple, I Spy, My Three Sons, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, I Dream of Jeannie, and Happy Days.