In the early 1950s, Lorne was seen as perpetually confused high school English teacher Mrs. Gurney on the pioneering sitcom Mr. Peepers. Her last role, playing Aunt Clara in television's Bewitched, brought Lorne her widest fame. She played a lovable, forgetful witch, obsessed with doorknobs, who is losing her powers because of her old age and whose spells invariably end in disaster. She appeared in 27 episodes and was not replaced after she died of a heart attack in New York City during the fourth season, at age 84.
Bewitched producers realized that Lorne's portrayal of the beloved Aunt Clara could not be replicated. Instead, character actress Alice Ghostley was recruited to fill the gap as the newly-created Esmerelda. Lorne and Ghostley appeared side-by-side in The Graduate as partygoers Miss DeWitte and Mrs. Singleman the year before Lorne's death.
|1951||Strangers on a Train||Mrs. Anthony|
|1952-1953||Mr. Peepers||Mrs. Gurney||TV, 17 episodes|
|1955||The Girl Rush||Aunt Clara|
|1957||Sally||Myrtle Banford||TV, 2 episodes|
|1958||Suspicion||Mrs. Foster||TV, 1 episode|
|The DuPont Show of the Month||Veta Louise Simmons||TV, 1 episode|
|1964-1968||Bewitched||Aunt Clara||TV, 27 episodes|
|1967||The Graduate||Miss DeWitte|
|1954||Nominated||Emmy Award||Best Series Supporting Actress||Mr. Peepers|
|1955||Nominated||Emmy Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Regular Series||Mr. Peepers|
|1958||Nominated||Emmy Award||Best Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic or Comedy Series||Sally|
|1967||Nominated||Emmy Award||Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Comedy||Bewitched|
|1968||Won||Emmy Award||Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Comedy||Bewitched|