Berniece Bird (Stowell) Sellen (1908 - 2002)

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Berniece Bird (Stowell) Sellen
1908 - 2002
February 28, 1908
Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho United States
November 27, 2002
Granada Hills in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California United States
Other Names
Billie Bird
Berniece Bird (Stowell) Sellen was born on February 28, 1908 in Pocatello, Idaho. Her maiden name is Stowell and she married into the Sellen family. According to her family tree, Berniece was mother to 3 children. She married Edwin Sellen, and they had children Dennis Sellen, William B. Sellen, and Terry Lee Sellen. She died on November 27, 2002 at Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California at 94 years old.
Updated: June 29, 2021
It is said that Birdie was discovered in an orphanage in Idaho at age 8. She began performing in vaudeville, moving on to tv and movies as an adult. As an adult, Birdie was active from 1951–1997. She appeared in supporting roles in films such as The Odd Couple, Sixteen Candles, Home Alone, and Dennis the Menace, and Police Academy 4. She also appeared in numerous tv shows - Happy Days, Silver Spoons, Ironside, Eight Is Enough, The Facts of Life, Who's the Boss?, and Knots Landing to name just a few. Performing her act "Flying High With Billie Bird" for troops in Vietnam, she was also made an honorary member of the Green Berets. Married to Edwin Sellen until his death in 1966, Birdie had 3 children during their marriage. She died in 2002 from complications from Alzheimer's disease.
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Berniece Bird (Stowell) Sellen
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Berniece Bird (Stowell) Sellen
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Billie Bird
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Unknown. Did Berniece move a lot? Where was her last known location?
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Berniece Sellen was born on in Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho United States
Berniece Sellen died on at Granada Hills in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California United States
Alzheimer's disease
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Forest Lawn 1712 S Glendale Ave, in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California United States 91205
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Born in Idaho - US citizen


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Actress, comedian (1951-1997)

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Berniece Bird (Stowell) Sellen , mother to 3 children, died on November 27, 2002 at Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California at 94 years old. She was buried in Forest Lawn, Glendale, California. She was born on February 28, 1908 in Pocatello, Idaho. According to her family tree, she married Edwin Sellen, and they had children Dennis Sellen, William B. Sellen, and Terry Lee Sellen.

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In 1908, in the year that Berniece Bird (Stowell) Sellen was born, a mysterious Siberian explosion leveled over 770 square miles of forest. There were no human casualties. Explanations of the explosion have included a comet, meteorite, natural atomic explosion, or a crashed UFO. Although it is called an impact event - the largest one in recorded earth history - there is no crater and it is widely thought that the explosion was caused by a meteor exploding 3 to 6 miles above the earth.

In 1910, she was only 2 years old when the Mexican revolution began. Dictator Porfirio Díaz had ruled for 35 years and was nationally unpopular. When elections were held in 1910 and a rigged election kept Diaz in office. The uprising began - and lasted for another 10 years.

In 1920, when she was only 12 years old, on January 1, over 6000 people were arrested and put in prison because they were suspected of being communists. . Many had to be released in a few weeks and only 3 guns were found in their homes. The U.S. Department of Justice "red hunt" netted thousands of "radicals" and suspected "communists" and aliens were deported. But the "hunt" ended after Attorney General Palmer forecast a massive radical uprising on May Day and the day passed without incident.

In 1965, by the time she was 57 years old, the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

In 1981, Berniece was 73 years old when on August 1st, MTV debuted. It was the first music video TV channel. The first music video played was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" - the second was Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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