( b. Sep 24, 1921 London, ENGLAND - d. Mar 06, 2014 Englewood, New Jersey, USA ) Female
Sheila MacRae was an actress and singer best known for playing Alice Kramden in the 1960s version of "The Honeymooners."
From 1966 to 1970, Ms. MacRae portrayed Alice, the long-suffering but tough-talking wife of Ralph Kramden, the blustery Brooklyn bus driver played by Jackie Gleason, in "Honeymooners" sketches, which often featured musical numbers, on the CBS variety series "The Jackie Gleason Show." The role was made famous by Audrey Meadows on "The Honeymooners" in the 1950s; Art Carney reprised his role as Ed Norton in the sketches.
For 26 years Ms. MacRae was married to Gordon MacRae, a singer and actor best known for starring in the movie versions of the musicals "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel."
The MacRaes performed as a duo for nearly a decade in nightclubs, on television and in concerts across the country, and appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 23, 1964, the same night the Beatles made their third appearance on the show. Shortly after they married in 1941, Mr. MacRae was signed by Warner Bros. Pictures and the couple moved to Los Angeles.
The MacRaes also starred together in a production of Annie Get Your Gun in Kansas City in 1961, in a cast that also included their four children, Meredith, Heather, William and Robert.
Trained as a singer and dancer, Ms. MacRae also portrayed Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls on Broadway in 1965. She also appeared on the soap opera "General Hospital" and on Broadway in Absurd Person Singular.
Source: The New York Times obituary
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