Alice Ghostley

Inside Biography

Alice Ghostley was an American actress and singer best known for her roles Esmeralda on the series Bewitched, as Cousin Alice on Mayberry R.F.D., and as Bernice Clifton on Designing Women, for which she earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1992. She was a regular on the shows like Nichols and The Julie Andrews Hour. She died on September 21, 2003, in Studio City, California, at the age of 84.

Early Life And Education Of Alice Ghostley

Alice Ghostley was born Alice Margaret Ghostley, in Eve, Vernon County, Missouri, to Edna Muriel (nee Rooney) and Harry Francis Ghostley, a telegraph operator. She was an American and belonged to a White ethnicity. She has a sister named Gladys.

The actress grew up in Henryetta, Oklahoma with her family. Regarding her education, she attended the University of Oklahoma but dropped out to pursue her theater career.

Is Alice Ghostley still alive?

Alice Ghostley died on  September 21, 2007, after she suffered from colon cancer during the latter part of her life. She died in Studio City, California thus ending her long battle with ill health. her ashes were taken to Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs, Arkansas on August 20, 2009, where she was buried along with her sister.

Alice Ghostley's Career

Ghostley debuted her career from the stage acts. She first came to Leonard Sillman’s Broadway act New Faces in 1952. In 1960, she appeared in the 1960 revue A Thurber Carnival and in 1962, she played in Beauty Part. She also performed in several musical comedies, including Shangri-La (1956).

Ghostley’s debut appearance on television was as Joy, one of the ugly stepsisters in the 1957 musical television production Cinderella. After taking 12 years hiatus from the entertainment industry, she guest-starred as a harried maternity nurse on Ballad’s comedy series The Mothers-in-Law.

Similarly, she appeared as a guest on the NBC police comedy series Car 54, Where Are You? She had recurring roles on several situation comedies, beginning with Bewitched in 1966. Also, she played Aggie on the sitcom The Ghost & Mrs. Muir.

Besides, she has appeared in numerous films including New Faces, To Kill a Mockingbird, My Six Loves, The Film-Flam Man, The Graduate, and With Six You.

Alice Ghostley's Net Worth, Awards, Salary

Alice Ghostley had a net worth of $1 million, which she made from her acting career. As a veteran actress, she earned around five digits figure throughout her career.

For her roles throughout her career, she received a nomination for Tony Award for her role in the Broadway comedy The Beauty Part. She also received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress for portrayal in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window. She earned a nomination for Emmy for her role in Designing Women.

Alice Ghostley's Personal Life, Marriage, Death

Ghostley was married to Italian-American actor Felice Orlandi from 1963 until his death in 2003. They had no children.

She has not shared many details about her personal life. However, the husband and wife had a strong bond of relationship until the end.

Cause of Death

Alice Ghostley died at the age of 84, on September 21, 2007, at her home in Studio City, California, after a long battle with colon cancer and a series of strokes. Her ashes were taken to Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs, Arkansas on August 20, 2009, and was buried with her sister Gladys.

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by ab-rikky, 10 May, 2019

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