In the Modern Family episode “The Escape,” while the adults visit Jay’s (Ed O’Neill) mean sister Aunt Becky (guest star Mary Louise Wilson) in a nursing home, Haley (Sarah Hyland) meets the parents of her astrophysicist boyfriend Arvin (Chris Geere). Arvin’s father Malcolm Fennerman is portrayed by Jim Piddick. His mother Iris Fennerman is portrayed by Kate Burton.
— hailey (@eIIenspatrick) March 9, 2018
Kate Burton is known for her roles on Scandal (VP turned conservative talk show host Sally Langston), Madam Secretary (Henry McCord’s sister Maureen), Grey’s Anatomy (Dr. Ellis Grey), Veep (Barbara Hallowes), Grimm (Marie Kessler), Extant (Fiona Stanton), Rescue Me (Rose), and The Practice (A.D.A. Susan Alexander), among others. The daughter of Richard Burton and Sybil Williams (stepdaughter of Elizabeth Taylor, see awkward family photo below), Burton is also a 2-time Tony Award nominee (Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and The Elephant Man). Modern Family airs Wednesdays at 9pm on ABC, right after Alex, Inc., and right before American Housewife.
Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Kate Burton visiting Dame Angela Lansbury during her Mame Broadway run (1967). pic.twitter.com/dH2VCDAZIz
— Angela Lansbury News (@_AngelaLansbury) February 27, 2017