Friday, June 29, 2012

"I Love Lucy" Actress Doris Singleton Dead At 92 !

Actress Doris Singleton, who played one of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's lesser-known neighbors on "I Love Lucy," has passed away. She was 92.

Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, confirmed the death in an email to "The Associated Press" and in a post on her Facebook page. Singleton passed away Tuesday, the same day as writer-director Nora Ephron, and Arnaz acknowledged them both in her post, writing: "They were loved and appreciated and will be missed."

It has to be noted that Singleton's death also was reported by "Variety" and the "Hollywood Reporter".

Just for the record, her character, first called Lillian Appleby and then Caroline Appleby, appeared in 10 episodes. She was Lucy's neighbor, the wife of a radio station owner.

"She was sort of Lucy's nemesis" because both had young sons, Singleton stated in a 2005 interview for the "Archive of American Television of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation". "There was a rivalry there but she had to be nice, Lucy had to be nice to Caroline, because her husband owned the radio station."

Born in Brooklyn, Singleton was a professional ballet dancer as a teenager and later became a singer and radio actress.

Singleton also played Margaret Williams on the 1960s sitcom "My Three Sons" and she made appearances on dozens of other TV shows in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, including another Lucille Ball program, "Here's Lucy," "Perry Mason," "All in the Family," and "Days of Our Lives."

Singleton was married to comedy writer Charlie Isaacs for 61 years before his death in 2002.

R.I.P Doris Singleton

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