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Eve, Missouri, USA
Place of Death
Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death
Colon Cancer & Series of Strokes
Claim to Fame
Aunt Esmeralda on Bewitched
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Alice Margaret Ghostley (August 14, 1923 – September 21, 2007) was a Tony Award-winning American actress. She was best known for her roles as Esmeralda on Bewitched (in which she had a recurring role from 1969 to 1972), as Cousin Alice on Mayberry R.F.D. (1970-1971) and as Bernice Clifton on Designing Women (1986-1993) (Emmy Nomination, Best Supporting Actress; 1992). A veteran of early television, Ghostley appeared as Joy, one of the ugly stepsisters in the landmark 1957 musical television production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein`s Cinderella, which starred Julie Andrews in the title role. She also had a recurring role of Ida Mae Brindle in the sitcom Small Wonder, which ran from 1985 to 1989. As a character actress, Ghostley`s uneasy and sometimes staccato delivery was reminiscent of fellow comic performers Charlotte Rae, Charles Nelson Reilly, Billy DeWolfe, and Bewitched alum Paul Lynde.
Ghostley was married to Felice Orlandi, an Italian-American actor, for fifty years (from 1953 until his death from lung cancer on May 21, 2003); they had no children. Alice Ghostley died at her home in Studio City, California on September 21, 2007 after a long battle with colon cancer and several strokes. Following her funeral, a "Celebration of Life" service took place at her home, where the actress was fondly remembered by family, friends, and former costars. Ghostley was cremated. Her ashes were either given to a friend or family. She is survived by a sister, Gladys Ghostley.
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Alice Margaret Ghostley
Alice Margaret Ghostley (August 14, 1923 – September 21, 2007) was an American actress and singer. She was best known for her roles as the bungling insecure Esmeralda (1969–70; 1972) on Bewitched, as Cousin Alice (1970–71) on Mayberry R.F.D., and as Bernice Clifton (1986–93) on Designing Women, for which she received an Emmy Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1992. She was a regular on Nichols (1971–72) and The Julie Andrews Hour (1972–73).
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