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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."
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