Sheila MacRae

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Sheila MacRae, who was best known as Jackie Gleason's wife Alice Kramden on the 1960s revival of The Honeymooners, died on Thursday. She was 92, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The actress passed away at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. Her daughter, actress Heather MacRae, said that her mother had undergone surgery a few weeks ago and was recovering well and without any complications up until this week.

MacRae replaced Audrey Meadows as the highly entertaining housewife of Ralph, the amusing bus driver, from 1966-70 on The Jackie Gleason Show.

Born Sheila Stephens in Middlesex County, England on Sept. 24, 1921, she immigrated with her family to the United States during WWII. They eventually settled in Long Island, New York and she began acting at a local playhouse.

She married Gordon MacRae, who starred in Oklahoma! and Carousel, in 1941 and they had four children. The duo took their singing and sketches on the road and performed together at a variety of venues, including The Ed Sullivan Show when The Beatles also made an appearance. They divorced in 1967 and he passed away in 1986.

Following her divorce from Gordon MacRae, she married Ronald Wayne, who was a producer on Gleason's show, but they later divorced.

MacRae also appeared in several films, including Caged and Bikini Beach, starred on Broadway and made guest TV appearances on game shows, including What's My Line? and The Hollywood Squares. She had a recurring role on General Hospital and was featured on the 1990s hit series Parenthood and Murder, She Wrote.

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