Dame Joan Henrietta Collins, is an English actress and columnist. After making her stage debut in the Henrik Ibsen play A Doll's House at the age of nine, she trained as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, she signed an exclusive contract with the Rank Organisation and appeared in various British films. At age 22 in 1955, Collins headed to Hollywood and landed sultry roles in several popular films, including The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing and Rally Round the Flag, Boys!. While she continued to make films in the US and the UK throughout the 1960s, she guest-starred in an episode of Star Trek in 1967 named "The City on the Edge of Forever", as Edith Keeler, her career languished in the 1970s. Near the end of the decade, she starred in two softcore pornographic films based on best-selling novels by her younger sister Jackie Collins: The Stud and its sequel The Bitch, she began appearing on stage, playing the title role in the 1980 British revival of The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, had a lead role in the 1990 revival of Noël Coward's Private Lives.
In 1981, she landed the role of Alexis Colby, the vengeful and scheming ex-wife of John Forsythe's character, in the 1980s soap opera Dynasty, winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 1982. Collins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983 for career achievement. In 2015, Collins was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to charity. Since the late-1970s, Collins has written several books. In 1988, she published her first novel, Prime Time, she has continued to publish various kinds of writing. A member of the Conservative Party, Collins was invited to attend the funeral of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in April 2013. Collins was born in Paddington and brought up in Maida Vale, the daughter of Elsa Collins, a dance teacher and nightclub hostess, Joseph William Collins, a talent agent whose clients would include Shirley Bassey, the Beatles, Tom Jones, her father, a native of South Africa, was Jewish, her British mother was Anglican. She had two younger siblings, Jackie, a novelist, Bill, a property agent.
She was educated at the Francis Holland School, an independent day school for girls in London and trained at the RADA. At the age of 17, Collins was signed to a British film studio. Collins made her feature debut as a beauty contest entrant in Lady Godiva Rides Again followed by The Woman's Angle in a minor role as a Greek maid. Next was a more significant role as a gangster's moll in Judgment Deferred, her big break came. Other roles to follow included, she was lent out to appear in Our Girl Friday. Gilbert used her again in The Good Die Young with Laurence Harvey. Collins was chosen by director Howard Hawks to star in his lavish production of Land of the Pharaohs as the scheming Princess Nellifer opposite Jack Hawkins. Lacking a big-name cast, Land of the Pharaohs was unsuccessful at the box office, earning $450,000 short of its $3,150,000 production budget; the film drew more interest over the years and has been defended by Martin Scorsese, French critics supporting the auteur theory, for numerous elements of its physical production.
Danny Peary in his book Cult Movies, selected it as a cult classic. The film's reputation continues to improve with the test of time; as of 2013, Land of the Pharaohs holds a 71% "fresh" rating at the film review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Although the film was a box-office disappointment, Collins' performance led to a contract at 20th Century Fox; the contract with Fox led the production company to cast Collins in The Virgin Queen as Elizabeth Raleigh in support of Richard Todd and Bette Davis. The same year, Collins was cast as the leading role in The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing directed by Richard Fleischer from a screenplay by Walter Reisch and Charles Brackett, starring Ray Milland, Farley Granger; the CinemaScope film was released by Twentieth Century-Fox, which had planned to put Marilyn Monroe in the title role, suspended her when she refused to do the film, which led to Collins' casting. MGM borrowed Collins for The Opposite Sex, a musical remake of The Women with Collins in a part played by Joan Crawford.
The following year, Collins returned to featuring in Fox films, where she played a nun in Sea Wife based on the 1955 James Maurice Scott novel Sea-Wyf and Biscuit. Shot in Jamaica, the film follows a group of survivors from a torpedoed British refugee ship; the same year, Collins starred in The Wayward Bus. Fox had hoped to repeat the success of 1956's Bus Stop film adaptation, but instead ended up crafting the Steinbeck novel into what one commentator called "the kind of lowbrow schlock the novel had satirized". However, The Wayward Bus was one of 33 films nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear Award at the 7th Berlin International Film Festival, but lost to Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men; that year, Collins was cast in Island in the Sun, a major box office success. The film earned $5,550,000 worldwide, finished as the sixth-highest grossing film of 195
Barrie Chase is an American actress and dancer from Kings Point, New York. When Chase was six, her father, writer Borden Chase, moved the family to California so he could begin a career as a screenwriter, she studied ballet. She abandoned her intention to become a ballerina in New York to stay in Los Angeles and help support her mother, pianist Lee Keith, after her parents' divorce, her brother was screenwriter Frank Chase. During the early 1950s, Chase danced on such live TV programs as The Colgate Comedy Hour and The Chrysler Shower of Stars, it was while she was working as Jack Cole's assistant choreographer at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that Fred Astaire asked her to be his dancing partner on An Evening with Fred Astaire. She made four television appearances as Astaire's partner in his television specials between 1958 and 1968; the two danced on Hollywood Palace in 1966. During this period, she dated a widower, she appeared on the syndicated talk show version of The Donald O'Connor Show. Chase worked in the chorus of many Hollywood musicals, including Hans Christian Andersen, Call Me Madam, Deep in My Heart, Kismet, Pal Joey, Les Girls, two Fred Astaire films, Daddy Long Legs and Silk Stockings.
She appeared in White Christmas as the chorus girl who speaks the line, "Mutual, I'm sure."Chase's other film roles included The George Raft Story. She played Farida in the film The Flight of the Phoenix, starring James Stewart and Richard Attenborough, in a dream sequence. In 1965 she appeared in the episode "The Ballerina" on the Bonanza television series, playing a saloon dancer who longed to be a ballerina. Chase retired from performing in 1972 to devote herself to her own family. Twice divorced, she is married to James Kaufman; the couple have one child. Barrie Chase on IMDb
Johnnie Lucille Collier, known professionally as Ann Miller, was an American dancer and actress. She is best remembered for her work in the Classical Hollywood cinema musicals of the 1940s and 1950s. Johnnie Lucille Collier, was born in Texas to Clara Emma and John Allison Collier, a criminal lawyer who represented the Barrow Gang, Machine Gun Kelly, Baby Face Nelson, among others, her maternal grandmother was Cherokee. Miller's father insisted on the name Johnnie because he had wanted a boy, but she was called Annie, she began to take dance classes at the age of five, after suffering from a case of rickets. Her mother believed, she lived in Texas until she was nine, when her parents divorced due to her father's infidelities. Her mother moved with her to Los Angeles; as her mother was deaf, it was hard for her to find work. About this time she adopted the stage name Ann Miller, she was considered a child dance prodigy. In an interview in a "behind the scenes" documentary on the making of the compilation film That's Entertainment!
Part III, she said. At age 13 in 1936, Miller became a showgirl at the Bal Tabarin, she was hired as a dancer in the "Black Cat Club" in San Francisco. It was there that she was discovered by talent scout/comic Benny Rubin; this led Miller to be given a contract with RKO in 1936 at the age of 13 and she remained there until 1940. In 1938 she played quirky dancing Essie Carmichael in Oscar's best picture winner, Frank Capra's You Can't Take it With You, starring Lionel Barrymore and Jimmy Stewart. In 1941, she signed with Columbia Pictures, starting with Time Out for Rhythm, she starred in 11 B movie musicals from 1941 to 1945. In July 1945, with World War II still raging in the Pacific, she posed in a bathing suit as a Yank magazine pin-up girl, she ended her contract in 1946 with The Thrill of Brazil. The ad in Life magazine featured Miller's leg in a large, bow-tied stocking as the "T" in "Thrill", she hit her mark in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals such as Easter Parade, On the Town and Kiss Me Kate.
In life, Miller claimed to have invented pantyhose in the 1940s as a solution to the continual problem of tearing stockings during the filming of dance production numbers. The common practice had been to sew hosiery to briefs. If torn, the entire garment had to be resewn with a new pair. Miller asked a hosiery maker to produce a single combined garment. Miller was famed for her speed in tap dance. Studio publicists concocted press releases claiming she could tap 500 times per minute, but, in truth, the sound of ultra-fast "500" taps was looped in later; because the stage floors were waxed and too slick for regular tap shoes, she had to dance in shoes with rubber treads on the sole. She would loop the sound of the taps while watching the film and dancing on a "tap board" to match her steps in the film, she was known later in her career, for her distinctive appearance, which reflected a studio-era ideal of glamour: massive black bouffant hair, heavy makeup with a splash of crimson lipstick, fashions that emphasized her lithe figure and long dancer's legs.
Her film career ended in 1956 as the studio system lost steam to television, but she remained active in the theater and on television. She starred on Broadway in the musical Mame in 1969, in which she wowed the audience in a tap number created just for her. In 1979 she astounded audiences in the Broadway show Sugar Babies with fellow MGM veteran Mickey Rooney, which toured the United States extensively after its Broadway run. In 1983, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre, she appeared in a special 1982 episode of The Love Boat, joined by fellow showbiz legends Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Della Reese, Van Johnson and Cab Calloway in a storyline that cast them as older relatives of the show's regular characters. Her last stage performance was a 1998 production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies, in which she played hardboiled Carlotta Campion and received rave reviews for her rendition of the song "I'm Still Here". Miller appeared as a dance instructor in Home Improvement episode "Dances with Tools".
Between 1995 and 2001, Molly Shannon parodied Miller several times on Saturday Night Live in a recurring sketch titled "Leg-Up!" In 2001, she took her last role, playing "Coco" in director David Lynch's critically acclaimed Mulholland Drive. Miller married three times, to Reese Llewellyn Milner in 1946, to William Moss in 1958 and to Arthur Cameron in 1961, in between marriages dated such well-known men as Howard Hughes, Conrad Hilton and Louis B. Mayer. During her marriage to Reese Llewellyn Milner, while pregnant with daughter Mary in her last trimester, Miller fell and went into early labor. Baby Mary lived only three hours on November 12, 1946. Miller died, aged 80, from lung cancer, her remains were interred in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Miller has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6914 Hollywood B
James Gilmore Backus was an American radio, television and voice actor. Among his most famous roles were the voice of nearsighted cartoon character Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike III on the radio version of The Alan Young Show, Joan Davis' character's husband on TV's I Married Joan, James Dean's character's father in Rebel Without a Cause, Thurston Howell III, on the 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island, he starred in his own show of one season, The Jim Backus Show known as Hot Off the Wire. An avid golfer, Backus made the 36-hole cut at the 1964 Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournament. Backus was born February 25, 1913, in Cleveland and raised in Bratenahl, Ohio, a wealthy village surrounded by greater Cleveland, he was the son of Daisy Taylor Backus. He attended Shaw High School in Ohio. Backus was acting on radio as early as 1940, playing the role of millionaire aviator Dexter Hayes on Society Girl on CBS, he had an extensive career and worked in Hollywood over five decades portraying characters with an "upper-crust", New England-like air, such as Thurston Howell III on Gilligan's Island.
He appeared in A Dangerous Profession. S. A. with Humphrey Bogart. He made television appearances on The Beverly Hillbillies. Backus was the voice of the nearsighted cartoon character Mr. Magoo. Years when Backus was a frequent talk show guest, he would recount the time Marilyn Monroe urgently beckoned him into her dressing room. Henny Backus, Jim's wife, recalled the story: "Jim was in the 1952 film Don't Bother to Knock, with Marilyn Monroe, he came home one night during the filming and told me that Miss Monroe in her most seductive breathy voice asked him to meet her in her dressing room. His curiosity got the better of him and he went. Once there, she exclaimed like an excited child,'Do Mr. Magoo!' And Jim did." He could be heard on primetime radio programs in the postwar era, including The Jack Benny Program, he portrayed an exceedingly vain character named Hartley Benson on The Mel Blanc Show on the CBS Radio Network, as well as a similar character named Hubert Updike on The Alan Young Show on the NBC Radio Network.
He starred on the short-lived variety program The Jim Backus Show on the ABC Radio Network in 1957 and 1958, when that network changed its name to the American Broadcasting Network and tried out a "Live and Lively" format of "Big Time Radio" with orchestras and audiences. Backus costarred in the comedy show I Married Joan from 1952 to 1955, portraying the husband of Joan Davis. In stark contrast to his usual affluent characters, he appeared on The Brady Bunch as an old gold prospector, a role he played on a Gilligan's Island episode, he appeared in the final season episode "The Hustler" in which he plays Mike's boss, Mr. Matthews. Backus stayed with Gilligan's Island between 1964 and 1967 and did revivals of the TV series in TV films made between 1978 and 1981, he did revivals of Mr. Magoo from 1964 to 1977, which included The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo and What's New, Mr. Magoo?. In 1977, Backus appeared in "Never Con a Killer," the pilot for the ABC crime drama The Feather and Father Gang.
Backus and his wife, Henny Backus, co-wrote several humorous books, including:... Only When I Laugh, his autobiography, Backus Strikes Back, a memoir, Forgive Us Our Digressions: An Autobiography, What Are You Doing After the Orgy? — the title taken from a line Backus spoke in the 1965 film John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! He co-wrote the 1971 family film Mooch Goes to Hollywood, about a dog that tries to become a movie star. In the late 1950s, he made two novelty 45 rpm records, "Delicious" and "Cave Man". In 1974, a full-length comedy LP album was released on the Doré label under the title The Dirty Old Man, with sketches written by Bob Hudson and Ron Landry, who appear on the album, along with voice-actress Jane Webb. Backus played the voice of God in the recording of Truth of Truths, a 1971 rock opera based on the Bible. Backus acted in several television commercials; as Mr. Magoo, he helped advertise the General Electric line of products over the years, he was spokesman for La-Z-Boy furniture during the 1970s.
In the late 1980s, he was reunited with former co-star Natalie Schafer in an advertisement for Orville Redenbacher's popcorn. They reprised their roles from Gilligan's Island, but instead of still being shipwrecked, the setting was a luxurious study or den, it was the last television appearance for both performers. On July 3, 1989, Backus died in Los Angeles from complications of pneumonia after suffering from Parkinson's disease for many years, he was buried at the southwest corner of Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, Los Angeles. Magoo in Hi-Fi as Mr. Magoo Delicious! Cave Man Truth of Truths as God The Dirty Old Man Mr. Magoo's A Christmas Carol as Mr. Magoo Jim Backus on IMDb Jim Backus at the Internet Broadway Database Jim Backus at the TCM Movie Database Jim Backus at AllMovie Jim Backus at Find a Grave Literature on Jim Backus
Dolores Gray was an American actress and singer. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical twice, she was born as Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein to Barbara Marguerite Gray and Harry Vernon Finkelstein in Los Angeles, although obituaries listed Gray's birthplace as Chicago, as does her biography on the Internet Movie Database. Both her mother and father were Vaudeville actors, how they met. Gray's parents divorced. Dolores had an older brother, Richard Gray, who had a career in Hollywood. While attending Polytechnic High School she was in the Girls' Glee Club, she was ` discovered' by Rudy Vallee. Dolores Gray was signed with MGM, appearing in Kismet and It's Always Fair Weather, her career commenced as a cabaret artist in restaurants and supper clubs in San Francisco. In 1945 she appeared in her own radio program. While she was appearing in Annie Get Your Gun in London, she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1948; as a fundraiser to help rebuild the RADA theatre, she appeared as Nell Gwynne in In Good King Charles's Golden Days at Drury Lane Theatre.
She appeared at the London Palladium in 1958 while doing a concert tour of Europe and in cabaret at The Talk of the Town in February 1963. Among her many stage roles, she appeared in Two on the Aisle, Carnival In Flanders, she performed the lead role in Annie Get Your Gun in its first London production. Gray won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her role in Carnival in Flanders though this Broadway musical, with a script by Preston Sturges, ran for only six performances, she therefore holds a record, unlikely to be broken: briefest run in a performance which still earned a Tony. She is the first person to have sung the English version of the French song “C'est si bon” in a movie: Holiday in Paris: Paris directed by John Nasht. Portraying a singing and dancing stage actress, she appeared with Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall in the successful film Designing Woman, as his former romantic interest. During her successful music career, she sang Marilyn Monroe's part on the Decca Records soundtrack album of There's No Business Like Show Business.
She was best known for her theatre roles. She recalled once, "What a gift. A stage performance is just that it's lost; when I see movies on TV, I think,'How great to have that.' But why look back? The decisions I made, I made. I can't change that.” In 1973 she took over from Angela Lansbury in the London production of Gypsy at the Piccadilly Theatre. In 1987 she starred in the London production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies at the Shaftesbury Theatre to great acclaim and appeared in the Royal Variety Performance of that year with a show-stopping performance of the song'I'm Still Here" from the show. In 1978 she appeared on BBC TV's long-running variety show The Good Old Days - chairman Leonard Sachs had appeared in Follies as theatre owner Dimitri Wiseman, introducing Miss Gray, one of “The Wiseman Girls”. Theatre critic Michael Phillips wrote that Gray's voice sounded like “a freight-train slathered in honey.” In 1988 she appeared in the Doctor Who 25th anniversary story “Silver Nemesis,” playing an American tourist.
Apart from the many soundtrack albums she appeared on, Gray recorded one album of songs in 1957 for Capitol Records with the title Warm Brandy. On September 24, 1966, Dolores Gray married Andrew J. Crevolin, a California businessman and Thoroughbred racehorse owner who won the 1954 Kentucky Derby. Despite erroneous reports in the media that they divorced, they remained married until his death in 1992; the union was childless. Gray died of a heart attack in Manhattan, aged 78. Upon her death, she was cremated and her ashes interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. Seven Lively Arts Are You With It? Sweet Bye and Bye Annie Get Your Gun Two on the Aisle Pygmalion Carnival in Flanders Can-Can Silk Stockings Destry Rides Again Lady in the Dark Sherry! Gypsy All Dressed Up Going Hollywood 42nd Street Star Dust Follies Broadway at the Bowl Dolores Gray at the Internet Broadway Database Dolores Gray at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Dolores Gray on IMDb Dolores Gray Biography One of Her Most Beautiful Songs: Here's That Rainy Day on YouTube
Clare Boothe Luce
Ann Clare Boothe Luce was an American author, politician, U. S. Ambassador and public conservative figure, she was the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad. A versatile author, she is best known for her 1936 hit play The Women, which had an all-female cast, her writings extended from drama and screen scenarios to fiction and war reportage. She was the wife of Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life and Sports Illustrated. Politically, Luce was a leading conservative in life and was well known for her anti-communism. In her youth, she aligned herself with the liberalism of President Franklin Roosevelt as a protege of Bernard Baruch, but became an outspoken critic of Roosevelt. Although she was a strong supporter of the Anglo-American alliance in World War II, she remained outspokenly critical of British colonialism in India. Known as a charismatic and forceful public speaker after her conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1946, she campaigned for every Republican presidential candidate from Wendell Willkie to Ronald Reagan.
Luce was born Ann Clare Boothe in New York City on March 10, 1903, the second child of Anna Clara Schneider and William Franklin Boothe. Her parents were not married and would separate in 1912, her father, a sophisticated man and a brilliant violinist, instilled in his daughter a love of literature, if not of music, but had trouble holding a job and spent years as a travelling salesman. Parts of young Clare's childhood were spent in Memphis and Nashville, Chicago and Union City, New Jersey as well as New York City. Clare Boothe had an elder brother, David Franklin Boothe, she attended the cathedral schools in Garden City and Tarrytown, New York, graduating first in her class in 1919 at 16. Her ambitious mother's initial plan for her was to become an actress. Clare understudied Mary Pickford on Broadway at age 10, had a small part in Thomas Edison's 1915 movie, The Heart of a Waif. After a tour of Europe with her mother and stepfather, Dr. Albert E. Austin, whom Ann Boothe married in 1919, she became interested in the women's suffrage movement, she was hired by Alva Belmont to work for the National Woman's Party in Washington, D.
C. and Seneca Falls, New York. Intelligent and blessed with a deceptively fragile blonde beauty, the young Clare soon abandoned ideological feminism to pursue other interests, she wed George Tuttle Brokaw, millionaire heir to a New York clothing fortune, on August 10, 1923, at the age of 20. They had one daughter, Ann Clare Brokaw. According to Boothe, Brokaw was a hopeless alcoholic, the marriage ended in divorce in 1929. On November 23, 1935, she married Henry Luce, the publisher of Time and Fortune, she thereafter called herself Clare Boothe Luce, a misspelled name, confused with that of her exact contemporary Claire Luce, a stage and film actress. As a professional writer, Luce continued to use her maiden name. On January 11, 1944, her only child, Ann Clare Brokaw, a 19-year-old senior at Stanford University, was killed in an automobile accident; as a result of the tragedy, Luce explored psychotherapy and religion. After grief counseling with Father Fulton Sheen, she was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1946.
She became an ardent essayist and lecturer in celebration of her faith, she was honored by being named a Dame of Malta. As a memorial to her daughter, beginning in 1949 she funded the construction of a Catholic church in Palo Alto for use by the Stanford campus ministry; the new Saint Ann Chapel was dedicated in 1951. It was sold by the diocese in 1998 and in 2003 became a church of the Anglican Province of Christ the King; the marriage between Clare and Henry was difficult. Henry was by any standard successful, but his physical awkwardness, lack of humor, newsman's discomfort with any conversation, not factual put him in awe of his beautiful wife's social poise and fertile imagination. Clare's years as managing editor of Vanity Fair left her with an avid interest in journalism. Henry himself was generous in encouraging her to write for Life, but the question of how much coverage she should be accorded in Time, as she grew more famous, was always a careful balancing act for Henry since he did not want to be accused of nepotism.
It has been reported that their marriage was sexually "open." Clare Luce's lovers included Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, Randolph Churchill, General Lucian K. Truscott, Jr. and General Charles Willoughby. Joseph P. Kennedy was the father of several United States politicians. Clare Luce at times provided advice to the campaigns of John F. Kennedy, who became the 35th U. S. President. In the early 1960s, both Luces were friends of philosopher, LSD advocate Gerald Heard, they tried LSD one time under his careful supervision. Although taking LSD never turned into a habit for either of the Luces, a friend, Wilfred Sheed, wrote that Clare made use of it at least several times; the Luces stayed together until Henry's death from a heart attack in 1967. As one of the great "power couples" in American history, they were bonded by their mutual interests and complementary, if contrasting, characters, they treated each other with unfailing respect in public, never more so than when he willingly acted as his wife's consort during her years as Ambassador to Italy.
She was never able to convert him to Catholicism but he did not question the sincerity of her faith a
Alice Pearce was an American actress. She was brought to Hollywood by Gene Kelly to reprise her Broadway performance in the film version of On the Town. Pearce played comedic supporting roles in several films, before being cast as nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz in the television sitcom Bewitched in 1964, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series posthumously after the second season of the series. She died from ovarian cancer in 1966. Pearce was born in the only child of Margaret Clark and Robert E. Pearce, her father was a foreign banking specialist, her family moved to Europe when she was 18 months old. They lived in Brussels, Antwerp and Paris. At age nine, she landed on her chin; this left her with an undeveloped chin. She returned to the United States as a teenager, boarded at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York, she graduated with a degree in drama. She began working in nightclubs as a comedian and was cast in the original Broadway production of On the Town.
Gene Kelly was so impressed by her that she became the only cast member to be included in the film version in 1949. Her comedic performance was well received by critics and public alike, she was given her own television variety show, The Alice Pearce Show. More movie roles followed, she made appearances on Broadway, where she met her husband, director Paul Davis, during a production of Bells Are Ringing. During the 1953–1954 television season, Pearce was seen on ABC's Jamie, which starred Brandon deWilde. In 1964, Pearce was approached to play the part of Grandmama in the ABC television comedy series The Addams Family, she turned down the part. In 1964, Pearce joined the cast of Bewitched as nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz. Pearce's scenes were entirely reactions to the witchcraft she had witnessed at the house across the street, her hysterical accusations against Samantha, played by Elizabeth Montgomery, the disbelief of her husband Abner, provided a common thread through many of the series' early episodes.
She played the role until her death in 1966, was replaced by Sandra Gould. Pearce was posthumously awarded an Emmy Award for this role, her husband accepted the award on her behalf. Pearce was married twice. In 1964, she married stage manager Paul Davis. Pearce had no children. Pearce was a good friend of photographer Cris Alexander; when Alexander was working on the illustrations for Patrick Dennis's bestseller Little Me he asked Pearce to appear in the work as Winnie, the reform school friend of Belle Poitrine, the biography's subject. She appeared as several characters in Dennis' and Alexander's project, First Lady: My Thirty Days at the White House. Pearce was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she kept her illness a secret, although her rapid weight loss was quite evident during the second season of the sitcom. She died from ovarian cancer toward the end of the second year of Bewitched at the age of 48. Pearce was cremated and her ashes were scattered at sea. Alice Pearce at the Internet Broadway Database Alice Pearce at the TCM Movie Database Alice Pearce on IMDb "Alice Pearce".
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