Born Nov. 4, 1950, in Palo Alto, California, Post started her career in game shows, working on both “Split Second” and the CBS series “Double Dare,” the latter of which was hosted by the late Alex Trebek. She eventually transitioned to acting in the late ’70s, landing guest-starring roles on shows like “CHiPs,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Hart to Hart,” and “The A-Team.” In 1982, she took on the series regular role of Terry Michaels on ABC’s action drama “The Fall Guy,” which ran until 1985. Beginning in 1984, she portrayed public defender Christine Sullivan on “Night Court,” appearing on the show until it ended in 1992.
On the big screen, Post was best known for playing the mother of Mary (Cameron Diaz) in the 1998 comedy “There’s Something About Mary.” In fact, Post played the mother of a number of characters over the years. She appeared in a few episodes of NBC’s long-running hospital-set comedy “Scrubs” as the mother of Dr. Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke), and portrayed Barbara “Bunny” Fletcher, the mother of Sophia Bush‘s Detective Erin Lindsay, on “Chicago P.D.” on a recurring basis from 2014 until 2017. In 2018, following her cancer diagnosis, she also appeared on the Netflix comedy “Santa Clarita Diet.”
Post is survived by her husband, writer Michael A. Ross, as well as her daughters, actress Kate Armstrong Ross and Daisy Schoenborn, son-in-law Bryce Schoenborn, and one granddaughter. In a statement released to Deadline, Post’s family said of the late actress, “Our pride is in who she was in addition to acting; a person who made elaborate cakes for friends, sewed curtains for first apartments and showed us how to be kind, loving and forgiving in an often harsh world.”