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Encyclopedia > Alice Ghostley
Alice Ghostley
Born August 14, 1926(1926-08-14)
Eve, Vernon County, Missouri, Flag of the United States United States
Died September 21, 2007 (aged 81)
Studio City, California
Years active 1950s - 2007
Spouse(s) Felice Orlandi
(1953-2003; his death)

Alice Ghostley (born August 14, 1926 in Eve, Vernon County, Missouri, died September 21, 2007 Studio City, California), is a Tony Award-winning American actress, best known for playing the characters Bernice Clifton on Designing Women (Emmy Nomination, Best Supporting Actress; 1992), Esmerelda on Bewitched, and Cousin Alice on Mayberry R.F.D.. Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... // The following is a list of notable deaths in 2007. ... If you hold the copyright to an image (e. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Vernon County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Largest metro area St Louis[1] Area  Ranked 21st  - Total 69,709 sq mi (180,693 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 300 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Studio City is a district in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ... A Tony Award for the Best Performance by a Featured Actress has been awarded since 1947. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Vernon County is a county located in the state of Missouri. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Largest metro area St Louis[1] Area  Ranked 21st  - Total 69,709 sq mi (180,693 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 300 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Studio City is a district in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Bernice Clifton is a character on the television series, Designing Women. ... Designing Women was an American television sitcom that centered around the working and personal lives of four women in an interior design firm in Atlanta, Georgia. ... This article is about an American television sitcom. ... Mayberry R.F.D. (R.F.D. is a postal abbreviation for Rural Free Delivery) was a spin-off, or perhaps, more accurately, a direct continuation of The Andy Griffith Show under a new title. ...

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Television

A veteran of early television, Ghostley appeared as one of the ugly step-sisters in the landmark 1957 musical television production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's Cinderella, which starred Julie Andrews in the title role. Ghostley's character, Joy, was paired with Kaye Ballard as the other stepsister, Portia. An autographed photo of Richard Rodgers Richard Charles Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979) was one of the great composers of musical theater, best known for his song writing partnerships with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. He wrote more than 900 published songs, and forty Broadway musicals. ... For work done with Richard Rodgers, see Rodgers and Hammerstein Oscar Hammerstein II (July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960) was a New-York born writer, producer, and (usually uncredited) director of musicals for almost forty years. ... Rodgers and Hammersteins Cinderella is the name of a musical written for television by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II based upon the fairy tale, Cinderella. ... Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells[1] on 1 October 1935[2]) is an award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. ... Kaye Ballard, born Catherine Gloria Balotta on November 20, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio to an Italian immigrant father, is an actress who has appeared on Broadway and on television. ...


Since then she has portrayed several well-known recurring characters on situation comedies, beginning with Esmerelda, a shy witch who served as a maid and babysitter to the Stephens household beginning in season six of Bewitched. The character appeared in fifteen episodes, and is best known for her invisibility and for sneezes that produced unexpected magical effects. Ghostley had previously guest starred once as another character, Naomi, on the show's second season.[1] During this period she also joined the cast of Mayberry R.F.D., playing Cousin Alice after Frances Bavier's character Aunt Bee was written out of the series. A recurring character is a fictional character, usually in a prime time TV series, who is not a main character, but appears from time to time during the series run. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... Mayberry R.F.D. (R.F.D. is a postal abbreviation for Rural Free Delivery) was a spin-off, or perhaps, more accurately, a direct continuation of The Andy Griffith Show under a new title. ... Frances Bavier (December 14, 1902 – December 6, 1989) was an American character actress, best remembered for her role as Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s. ...


Between 1986 and 1993, Ghostley portrayed Bernice Clifton on Designing Women, a kind but ditzy friend and client to the Sugarbakers. She later played Irna Wallingsford in six episodes of Evening Shade. Among many other guest starring roles, she appeared as the crazed mother of Stanley Zbornak on The Golden Girls. Bernice Clifton is a character on the television series, Designing Women. ... Designing Women was an American television sitcom that centered around the working and personal lives of four women in an interior design firm in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Evening Shade aired on CBS from 1990 to 1994. ... For the Hong Kong film, see The Golden Girls (1995 film). ...


Stage

Ghostley first came to Broadway in Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952. She appeared in the 1960 revue A Thurber Carnival and in The Beauty Part (1962), playing several distinct roles in each. She also performed in several musical comedies, including Shangri-La (1956). Ghostley won the 1965 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Mavis Parodus Bryson in The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window. (She had previously been nominated in the same category in 1963 for The Beauty Part.) In 1978 she replaced Dorothy Loudon as the evil Miss Hannigan in the original run of the musical Annie. For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Shangri-La is a musical with a book and lyrics by James Hilton, Jerome Lawrence, and Robert E. Lee and music by Harry Warren. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Dorothy Loudon (September 17, 1933 - November 15, 2003) was a Broadway actress noted for her comedy and belting singing voice, which she used to deliver a wide range of musical comedy and Roaring Twenties songs. ... Annie is a musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan. ...


Film

Among her few forays into motion pictures, Ghostley found herself in a supporting role in the classic To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), playing Dill's Aunt Stephanie Crawford. She also appeared in the hit movie version of Grease where she played shop teacher Mrs. Murdock. Ghostley had a small role in 1967's The Graduate in a scene with Marion Lorne. Ghostley's character in Bewitched was essentially created to replace Lorne's character, Aunt Clara, when the latter actress died in 1968.[1] To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 film directed by Robert Mulligan and based on the novel of the same name by Harper Lee. ... For the original stage musical of the same name, see Grease (musical). ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... For the novel of the same name, see The Graduate (novel). ... Marion Lorne Marion Lorne (née Marion McDougal), was an American actress born in August 12, 1883, 1886 or 1888 (sources vary) at West Pittston, a small mining town that was situated half way between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Pennsylvania, of British immigrant parents. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Personal

Ghostley was married to Felice Orlandi, an actor, from 1953 until his death from lung cancer on May 21, 2003. Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ... is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


References

  1. ^ a b When Esmerelda Sneezed. Retrieved on 2007-04-27.

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 248 days remaining. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Alice Ghostley, at 81; actress, singer often played ditsy roles - The Boston Globe (792 words)
Alice Ghostley, the Tony Award-winning comedic actress and singer who specialized in playing ditsy ladies and was best known on television for her supporting roles as Esmeralda on "Bewitched" and Bernice on "Designing Women," died Friday.
Ghostley died at her home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles after a long battle with colon cancer and a series of strokes, said Jim Pinkston, a longtime friend.
Ghostley made her Broadway debut in "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952," the hit revue in which she received critical acclaim for singing the satirical sendup "The Boston Beguine," which became her signature song.
Actress Alice Ghostley dies at 81 - Boston.com (450 words)
Alice Ghostley, the Tony Award-winning actress best known on television for playing Esmeralda on "Bewitched" and Bernice on "Designing Women," has died.
Ghostley died Friday at her home in Studio City after a long battle with colon cancer and a series of strokes, longtime friend Jim Pinkston said.
Ghostley made her Broadway debut in "Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952." She received critical acclaim for singing "The Boston Beguine," which became her signature song.
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