Markie Post, the actress best known for starring on “Night Court” in the 1980s, died on Saturday after a nearly four year battle with cancer. She was 70 years-old.
Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, Post’s longtime manager, confirmed her death to Deadline.
“But for us, our pride is in who she was in addition to acting; a person who made elaborate cakes for friends, sewed curtains for first apartments and showed us how to be kind, loving and forgiving in an often harsh world,” Post’s family said in a statement.
Born in 1950 in Palo Alto, California, Post got her start in entertainment by working behind the scenes on game shows. She was an associate producer on Alex Trebek’s “Double Dare,” and appearing before the camera as a card dealer on NBC’s “Card Sharks.”
“I wrote questions for ‘Family Feud’ and I found prizes for ‘Price Is Right’ and I researched ‘Split Second’ – I learned more researching that game show than I did in four years of college,” she joked years later, according to Daily Mail.
Post made her acting debut in 1979, when she appeared in episodes of “CHiPs,” “Barnaby Jones,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Lazarus Syndrome,” “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,’ and “Hart to Hart.”
Post’s breakthrough came when she landed the role of bail bondswoman Terri Michaels in ABC’s “The Fall Guy,” which she appeared in 65 episodes of from 1982 until 1985.
Post then was cast as a series regular on NBC’s “Night Court,” portraying public defender Christine Sullivan for 159 episodes between 1985 and 1992. She appeared in movies as well, with arguably her most memorable role being that of the mother of Cameron Diaz’s Mary in Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s classic 1998 comedy, There’s Something About Mary.
Even after she was diagnosed with cancer three years and ten months ago, Post was determined to keep acting as a “side job.” Between her chemotherapy treatments, she continued working on projects like the Lifetime Christmas movie “Four Christmases and a Wedding” and the ABC series “The Kids Are Alright.”
Post is survived by her husband, writer Michael A. Ross, who she was married to for nearly forty years. She is also survived by their two daughters, and their five month-old granddaughter.