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'Airplane!' Actress Joyce Bulifant's 3 Adult Kids Are Her Number One Priority — Who Are They?

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jan 21, 2021
02:10 A.M.
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American actress Joyce Bulifant is a mother of three children, who are her main priority. Meet the octogenarian's lovely children, Mary MacArthur, Charles MacArthur, and John Mallory Asher.


Actress Joyce Bulifant is famous for her roles on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Happiest Millionaire." However, away from Hollywood's fame and fanfare, she is a doting mother of three children.

Bulifant loves nothing more than making her three kids, Mary MacArthur, Charles MacArthur, and John Mallory Asher, happy. In fact, the 83-year-old has prioritized her kids throughout her Hollywood career.

Joyce Bulifant in Newport Beach on April 23, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images


In a chat with Closer Weekly, the actress said what she loves the most is seeing her kids happy, healthy, and achieving what they desire to achieve. Bulifant also said she likes that she and her children hug, kiss, and express their love for each other.

The actress has been married five times in her lifetime and shares her kids with two of her ex-husbands. She shares Mary and Charles with her first husband, James MacArthur, who was married from 1958 to 1967.


Following their split, the actress tied the knot with Edward Mallory in 1969. Bulifant and Edward welcomed a son, John, in 1971. The couple separated three years later.

While Bulifant's older children, Mary and Charles, stay away from the spotlight, her youngest child, John, took after her and is an accomplished Hollywood actor.

She reflected on the role and said she is still always amazed that people think about Marie Slaughter when they think about her.


He is famous for his multiple television series roles, including "Blue Bloods" and "NCIS." John also has a son, Evan, who he shares with his ex-wife, Jenny McCarthy.

Bulifant married three times after her split from Edward. She was married to William Asher from 1976 to 1993, Glade Bruce Hansen from 2000 to 2001, and Roger Perry from 2002 until he died in 2016.


Four of the actress's five ex-husbands were entertainers and had Hollywood careers. James is famous for his role as Danno on "Hawaii Five-0." Edward starred as Dr. Bill Horton on "Days of Our Lives."

William wrote, directed, and produced the films "I Love Lucy," "Bewitched," and "The Beach Party," while Perry starred in "Star Trek" and appeared in hundreds of films and television shows.


Bulifant wrote about her four Hollywood husbands in her book, "My Four Hollywood Husbands," where she gave a rare peek into the happenings in her relationships with them off the screen. She has enjoyed a long career that has spanned over six decades.

However, despite being cast in many television and film roles and her appearances on the Broadway stage, she is still fondly remembered for playing the character Marie Slaughter on "The Mary Tyler Show."

In a chat with Closer Weekly last year, the actress reflected on the role and said she is still always amazed that people think about Marie Slaughter when they think about her. These days, Bulifant is focused on her family and loves being a grandmother to her grandson, Evan.