On this day in 1937, Large Marge was born! It would have been her 80th birthday!

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Today would have been Large Marge’s 80th birthday… if it hadn’t been for that WRECK!


The woman who played Large Marge, Alice Nunn, had a long career as a character actor. Starting in the late 1960s, she appeared in many TV shows and movies including Hazel, The Phyllis Diller Show, Petticoat Junction, The Love Boat, Mommie DearestHappy Days, Knight Rider, and LOTS MORE! She’s best known for playing Large Marge in my 1985 film, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure


Here’s a peek at her famous scene, considered one of the scariest in non-horror film history!! Watch all of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure on Netflix!! Tell’em Large Marge sent ya!

Ms. Nunn died in 1988 in West Hollywood, California. 


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  • Helen Gircko

    Yes, the mugs are need today. I want to drink a lot of coffee to honor this date … and not to feel big fear.

  • Joe Lizak

    The headstone says she died in 1974 and the article says 1988. What gives?

  • Log Moderator

    “Large Marge” died in 1974 but the actress who played her died in 1988.