This article will share with readers the cause of death of American actress, Joyce Randolph, her obituary, and funeral details.
Joyce Randolph, a veteran stage and television actor whose role as the savvy Trixie Norton on The Honeymooners provided the perfect foil to her dimwitted TV husband, has died. She was 99.
The Honeymooners was an affectionate look at Brooklyn tenement life, based in part on star Jackie Gleason’s childhood. Gleason played the blustering bus driver Ralph Kramden. Audrey Meadows was his wisecracking, strong-willed wife Alice, and Art Carney was the cheerful sewer worker Ed Norton.
Alice and Trixie often found themselves commiserating over their husbands’ various follies and mishaps, whether unknowingly marketing dog food as a popular snack trying in vain to resist a rent hike, or freezing in the winter as their heat is shut off.
Randolph would later cite a handful of favorite episodes, including one in which Ed is sleepwalking.
“And Carney calls out, ‘Thelma?!’ He never knew his wife’s real name,” she later told the Television Academy Foundation.
Originating in 1950 as a recurring skit on Gleason’s variety show, Cavalcade of Stars, The Honeymooners still ranks among the all-time favorites of television comedy. The show grew in popularity after Gleason switched networks with The Jackie Gleason Show. Later, for one season in 1955-56, it became a full-fledged series.
Those 39 episodes became a staple of syndicated programming aired all over the country and beyond.
About Joyce Randolph
Randolph was born Joyce Sirola in Detroit in 1924 and was around 19 when she joined a road company of Stage Door. From there she went to New York and performed in a number of Broadway shows.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, she was seen often on TV, appearing with such stars as Eddie Cantor, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, Danny Thomas, and Fred Allen.
Randolph met Gleason for the first time when she did a Clorets commercial on Cavalcade of Stars, and The Great One took a liking to her; she didn’t even have an agent at the time.
Randolph spent her retirement going to Broadway openings and fundraisers, being active with the U.S.O., and visiting other favorite Manhattan haunts, among them Angus, Chez Josephine, and the Lambs Club.
Her husband, Richard Lincoln, a wealthy marketing executive who died in 1997, served as president at the Lambs, a theatrical club, and she reigned as “first lady.” They had one son, Charles.
Cause of death of Joyce Randolph
Randolph died of natural causes Saturday night at her home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, her son Randolph Charles told the Associated Press Sunday.
She was the last surviving main character of the beloved comedy from television’s golden age of the 1950s.
Obituary of Joyce Randolph
Joyce Randolph, who played Trixie Norton, the wife of a guffawing, rubber-limbed sewer worker forever mired in a blowhard neighbor’s get-rich-quick schemes and other hazards of life on the classic 1950s sitcom “The Honeymooners,” died on Saturday at her home in Manhattan. She was 99.
Her son, Randy Charles, confirmed her death.
Ms. Randolph was the last survivor of a cast of four that dominated the Saturday night viewing habits of millions in the golden age of live television, and for decades afterward on rerun broadcasts and home video. Jackie Gleason (Ralph Kramden) died in 1987; Audrey Meadows (Ralph’s wife, Alice) in 1996; and Art Carney (Trixie’s husband, Ed Norton) in 2003.
Funeral details of Joyce Randolph
The family of Joyce Randolph has not revealed the funeral details of the American actress as at the time this article was published.