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Sister Bertrille Walks the Dog
Sister Bertrille Walks the Dog in the wind

TRIVIA NOTE: The series is based on the book "The Fifteenth Pelican," written by Tere Rios, which was the maiden name of the late Theresa Versace, mother of the late Humbert R. Versace. The Flying Nun became quite popular with Catholic religious organizations, who praised the show for humanizing the image of nuns. Before Sally Field accepted the role of Sister Bertrille, the part was offered to Patty Duke (THE PATTY DUKE SHOW) and Ronnie Troup, who later played Polly Williams on MY THREE SONS.

In one episode, Sister Bertrille is looking at home movies of herself as a teenager. The home movies were actually footage from Sally Field's previous series GIDGET/ABC/1965-66.

Where is the cast now? Alejandro Rey (Carlos) died of lung cancer in 1987. Vito Scotti (Formento) died of lung cancer in 1996. Marge Redmond (Sister Jacqueline) portrayed "Sarah Tucker" in Cool Whip Commercials of the 1970s She is still alive as is Madeleine Sherwood who played Reverend Mother. And, Shelley Morrison (Sister Sixto) currently plays the role of Rosario the acerbic maid on the NBC sitcom WILL AND GRACE.

Sally Field, of course, became an Oscar winning actress and appeared in such films as Sybil (1976) Norma Rae (1979), Steel Magnolias (1989), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) Forrest Gump (1994). In 2002, she starred as Judge Kate Nolan in the short lived ABC TV series THE COURT. S

Sally Field has also appeared as Maggie Wyczenski (2000-2006), the troubled mother an emergency room nurse on the NBC drama ER as well as Nora Walker, the widow of a well-to do but struggling family on the ABC domestic drama BROTHERS AND SISTER in 2006.

When Sally accepted her second Academy Award, for the film Places in the Heart (1984), she proclaimed "The first time I didn't feel it but this time I feel it and I can't deny the fact you like me. Right now, you like me!" Her statement has been lampooned ever since. Sally Field is the step-daughter of stuntman/actor Jock Mahoney.

It's a bird! It's a plane!
It's Sister Bertrille

Theme Song Lyrics

You don't need wings to fly
Tiptoe through the sky
As long as you got heaven by
You don't need wings to fly


Sally Field as Sister Bertrille (Elsie Ethrington)
Marge Redmond as Sister Jacqueline
Madeleine Sherwood as Rev. Mother Superior Plaseato
Shelley Morrison as Sister Sixto
Linda Dangcil as Sister Ana
Naomi Stevens as Sister Theresa
Alejandro Rey as Carlos Ramirez
Vito Scotti as Captain Gaspar Formento
Manuel Padilla Jr. as Marcello (an orphan boy)
Dwayne Hickman as Randy Putnam
Elinor Donahue as Jennifer Ethrington (Elsie's Sister)
June Whitley as Mrs. Ethrington (Elsie's Mom)
Laurence Haddon as Mr. Ethrington (Elsie's Dad)
Rich Little as Brother Paul Bernardi
Pamela Ferdin as Linda Shapiro (Carlos' Niece)
Henry Cordon as Antonio (Carlos' Uncle)
Frank Silvera as Thomas (Carlos' Uncle)

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