Actress From Beloved Children's TV Series Dead at 76 NY Times
An actress known for her work on a fondly remembered children's television series of the 1970s has died. The New York Times reports that Lee Chamberlin, one of the original cast members of PBS's “The Electric Company,” died May 25 in Chapel Hill, N.C., of metastatic cancer. She was 76.
Chamberlin appeared with Rita Moreno and Bill Cosby on the 1970s children’s show, which used humor, music and sketches to teach grammar and other subjects. Her character was Vi, who owned a diner and sang duets with Morgan Freeman, then a little-known actor, the story adds.
She left the children’s TV show after the second season, moving to performing Shakespeare and appearing in movies such as “Let’s Do It Again.” She later appeared on the CBS police drama “Paris.”