Mary Fiumara, mother from classic Prince pasta TV ad, dies

BOSTON – A Boston woman best known as the mother who called for her son to come home for dinner in a classic Prince pasta television commercial of the 1960s has died. Mary Fiumara (fyoo-MAH’-ruh) was 88.

Her son says she died Tuesday but hasn’t revealed the cause of her death.

Fiumara is remembered for yelling “Anthony! Anthony!” from an open window in her North End neighbourhood apartment in the iconic TV spot.

Anthony Martigetti played her son in the 1969 commercial. He tells The Boston Globe she was “a legend” in the neighbourhood. He says the commercial wouldn’t have worked without her.

Fiumara lived in the neighbourhood for more than 75 years. She’s survived by two sons, three grandchildren and a brother.

Prince is part of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based New World Pasta Co. family of brands.