Marjorie Lord, 97, the Broadway and film actress who became a TV star on the sitcom

Make Room For Daddy

, died Nov. 28 at her Beverly Hills home, her family said in a statememt.

In two 1943 films - Shantytown and Sherlock Holmes in Washington - Ms. Lord appeared with her first husband, John Archer, who died in 1999. Their daughter is the film star Anne Archer.

Ms. Lord may have been best known as Danny Thomas' loyal wife on the popular sitcom that first aired in 1953.

After retiring from acting in the late 1980s, she became a devoted philanthropist, raising money for arts causes. She founded the Scripter Award, which recognizes authors and screenwriters. - AP