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Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

September 24, 2007 12:36 PM

Alice Ghostley
Alice Ghostley, who died Friday at age 81, was one of the great character actors who made “Bewitched” such an extraordinary sitcom.

She made a mastery of playing befuddled characters on long-running series, first as Esmeralda the diffident housekeeper on “Bewitched” and later as the retiree Bernice on “Designing Women.”

With her quavering voice and head-waggling delivery, she was unique, and while her many roles over the decades were similar, she never became tiresome.

This tribute cobbled together on YouTube mainly highlights her film work, but a couple of TV appearances are included, notably her role as an Ugly Stepsister (with Kaye Ballard) in the 1957 made-for-TV Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Cinderella,” and, in the run-up to her regular role on “Bewitched,” her appearance as housekeeper “Naomi Hogan.” Rest in peace.


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I always loved Alice Ghostly, and her record
"Boston Beguine" was a frequent 'play' on my radio shows. In fact I think I will post it on my web site! As a New Englander, you have to love the song!

OK I did it: www.redblanchard.com/Bostonbeguine.mp3

Tom Gilbert:

Thanks for that, Red. Funny number! I didn't realize she sang so well.

Hi Tom,
Somehow, I lost your e-mail address and need it to send future infrmation about our new releases, including "Make Room For Daddy".

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