Honeymooners Star Sheila Macrae Dead
The 2nd ALICE KRAMDEN, SHEILA MACRAE, has departed for the moon – AND BEYOND!
MacRae, best known for playing Alice Kramden 2 to Jackie Gleason's Ralph in the 1960s color version of "The Honeymooners," died Thursday at age 92.
In the 1950s "The Honeymooners," Audrey Meadows starred with Gleason as Ralph and Alice Kramden original classic 39 long seen in syndication.
But when Gleason moved his variety to show to Miami he revived “The Honeymooners” with he and Art Carney the only two original cast members to reprise their roles.
"My mother referred to herself as the last Mrs. Kramden," her daughter, actress Heather MacRae told AP.
MacRae, who suffered from dementia had been hospitalized for a minor surgical procedure.
A singer, dancer and actress, MacRae was married to "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel" star Gordon MacRae for 26 years, and they appeared together in 1964 on "The Ed Sullivan Show" the night The Beatles were featured.
She put her career on hold while she devoted herself to MacRae and raising their four children. After helping her hubby Gorodn with his nightclub act, she decided to join him and her career took rep-ignited. The couple appeared together in musicals including "Guys and Dolls," with Sheila MacRae taking her performance as Miss Adelaide to Broadway in 1965.
The MacRaes divorced in 1967.
The only surviving member of any of “The Honeymooners” now is the original Trixie, Joyce Randolph, 89.