Mary Grace Canfield
( b. Sep 03, 1924 Rochester, New York, USA - d. Feb 15, 2014 Santa Barbara, California, USA ) Female
Mary Grace Canfield was a character actress best known as part of the daffy Ralph-and-Alf brother-sister carpenter team on the TV comedy "Green Acres." On "Green Acres," Canfield was Ralph Monroe, who, with her brother Alf, was perennially working on the bedroom of a city slicker couple (Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor) at their newly acquired farm near Hooterville. She was a down-home gal in bib overalls and a white painter's cap worn backward, a funny, plain-spoken woman doing "man's work" before feminism made the term quaint.
Canfield also appeared on TV in "Bewitched," "General Hospital," "The Love Boat" and other shows. In a memorable 1963 episode of "The Andy Griffith Show," she was Gomer Pyle's blind date; the two socially awkward, lovable bumpkins defied everyone's expectations and had a wonderful time, jitterbugging.
Canfield appeared in Broadway and off-Broadway plays before heading to Hollywood. Her early TV shows included "The Hathaways," a 1961-62 sitcom about a Los Angeles couple and their three performing chimps. Canfield played the housekeeper.
Her film work includes a role as the ironically named Angelica, a sourpuss upstairs maid in "Pollyanna" (1960). In "Something Wicked This Way Comes," a 1983 adaptation of a Ray Bradbury story, she played a seventh-grade teacher whose world is shattered by a diabolical traveling circus.
Source: The Los Angeles Times