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Great Falls, Montana, USA
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Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA
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Vaudevillain, Broadway player and, for one decade from 1929, screen actress often in comedic roles. She also appeared in character parts in a handful of 60s films. She is memorable as the original - and the most believable - Alice Kramden, wife of Ralph Kramden (immortalized by Jackie Gleason), in TV`s "The Honeymooners." Kelton`s performances took place (ca. 1950-52) when "Honeymooners" had yet to become an independent series but was merely a sporadically scheduled, 10- or 15-minute playlet during Gleason`s weekly TV variety show. Although they may yet exist on kinescope only narrowly available, Kelton`s wonderful performances as Alice are otherwise essentially lost.
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Pert L. Kelton (October 14, 1907 – October 29, 1968) was an American vaudeville, movie, radio and television actress. She was the first actress who played Alice Kramden in The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason and earlier, during the 1930s, was a prominent comedic supporting and leading actress in Hollywood films such as Bed of Roses and The Bowery. She performed in a dozen Broadway productions between 1925 and 1968. However, her career was interrupted in the 1950s as a result of blacklisting, leading to her departure from The Honeymooners.
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The Music Man (1962)
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