Happy Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day, the day we celebrate and honor the women who birthed us, raised us, and influenced us for good. As we as look back at all the women who had a motherly influence, it’s hard to deny the role that television moms played in shaping us.

Let’s check in on some of our favorite showtime moms (and don’t forget to check in with your own moms and all the women who cared for you!)

Mandy Moore, Pasadena, CA

Mandy Moore started out as a teenage singer, and successfully transitioned to acting as she hit her 20s. But her recent breakout role has been as a mother on the hit NBC television show This Is Us. For the last six years, the show has been bringing us to tears each week as we see the progression of the Pearson family.

Mandy bought a mid-century modern home in Pasadena, California in 2017. The $2.6 million home has as much to offer outside as it does inside, with amazing views, a pool, gorgeous landscaping, and plenty of room for her two dogs to roam.

Mandy Moore's House (Google Maps)
Mandy Moore's House

Donna Reed, Palm Springs, CA

Donna Reed is one of Hollywood’s enduring stars, in part for playing the strong, kind housewife Donna Stone on The Donna Reed Show. She played the role, slightly provocative in her independence, for nearly a decade in the 1950s and 1960s.

Donna owned several homes in the LA area during her career, including this home in Palm Springs, which she owned from 1966-1970. Neighbors in her exclusive community included Liberace, Alan Ladd, and Kirk Douglas. These days, the community has mountain trails, a children’s museum, community pools, and more. A perfect place to raise a family, even Donna Reed would agree.

Donna Reed's House (former) (Birds Eye)
Donna Reed's House (former)

Florence Henderson, Marina del Ray, CA

America’s favorite mom, Carol Brady, was played for five years by Florence Henderson, from 1969-1974. She lived in this Marina del Ray house from 2000 until her death on Thanksgiving in 2006.

The home was a great purchase for Florence and her husband, who had actually been living onĀ  a boat in the marina! The home has 3,200 square feet, a pool, large library, and close access to the marina. The house sold in 2017 for about $2.25 million.

Florence Henderson's House (Former) (Birds Eye)
Florence Henderson's House (Former)

Lucille Ball, Beverly Hills, CA

If mothers lead by example, Lucille Ball was a mother to all women who aspire to great things. She was on of the first characters who appeared visibly pregnant on television. She even built the show plot around her actual pregnancy!

Her personal life was somewhat reflective of her on-screen persona, as she was among the first female Hollywood executives, maintained control over her career and finances, and was a strong example to other women.

Lucille owned several homes in the Los Angeles area, but this one on North Roxbury Drive is a fan favorite. Neighbors included Jimmy Stewart, Rosemary Clooney, and Jack Benny. She would even hand out Halloween candy to the neighborhood children!

Lucille Ball's House (Former) (StreetView)
Lucille Ball's House (Former)

Allison Janney, Studio City, CA

With a long and varied Hollywood career, Allison Janney has found success in many roles and personas, most recently as the mom hoping to make amends with her adult daughter in Mom. The show ran for nine seasons before going off the air, giving Allison another two Emmys to go with the four she earned on West Wing.

Allison bought a freshly renovated home in Studio City in 2014. It set her back about $3.25 million, but the gorgeous 5,000 square foot home has lots to offer, with five bedrooms and five bathrooms, as well as a pool, and lots of trees for privacy.

Allison Janney's House (Google Maps)
Allison Janney's House

Doris Roberts, Los Angeles, CA

Perhaps an example of what not to do as a mother, and mother-in-law, Doris Roberts’ character Marie on the long-running show Everybody Loves Raymond is still a beloved figure from American television. Doris Roberts portrayed perfectly a loving mother who knows no boundaries and never holds her tongue, and in the end is always reminded that love is the most important thing.

Doris was an incredible actress with a career that spanned more than 60 years. She was a long-time resident of LA, and owned a gorgeous 1920s Spanish-style mansion in Hollywood Hills. After her death in 2016, the house was renovated and put on the market for about $2.5 million. It was a great deal for a Hollywood house, with more than 3,700 square feet, three bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and even a “speakeasy” room.

But what really makes the house unique is one of its former residents–James Dean!

Doris Roberts' House (former) (Birds Eye)
Doris Roberts' House (former)

These awesome women prove that anyone can set a good example for kids, so on this day when we honor women in our lives, take a few minutes to call, text, or email those who made you a better person. Happy Mother’s Day!



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