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Alice Ghostley

Highest Rated:   91% To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
Lowest Rated:   0% Gator (1976)
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Birthplace:   Eve, Missouri, USA
Born in Missouri and educated at the University of Oklahoma, Alice Ghostley created a sensation in her first Broadway production, New Faces of 1952. In the company of such powerhouse co-stars as Paul Lynde, Robert Clary and Carol Lawrence, Ghostley stole the show with her plaintive renditions of the satirical ballads "The Boston Beguine" and "Time for Tea." Within a year of New Faces, she was headlined in the film version of that popular revue and was cast as a regular on the network-TV series Freedom Ring. Ghostley has been convulsing audiences ever since, playing a rich variety of man-chasing bachelorettes, overprotective mothers and dotty neighbors. While most of her film appearances have been in comedies (Viva Max!, The Graduate, Grease), Ghostley proved quite effective in the comparatively straight role of Stephanie Crawford in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). In 1965, she won a Tony award for her performance in the Broadway seriocomedy The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window. In addition, Ghostley has been a regular or semi-regular on a multitude of TV series: The Jackie Gleason Show, Car 54 Where Are You, Captain Nice, The Jonathan Winters Show, The Golddiggers, Designing Women and a host of others. She is most fondly remembered for her portrayal of bumbling witch Esmerelda on the long-running (1964-72) sitcom Bewitched. On both this series and 1972's Temperatures Rising, Alice Ghostley was reunited with her old New Faces cohort, Paul Lynde. Ghostley died of colon cancer at age 81 in September 2007.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Whispers: An Elephant's Tale
  • Tuskless
2000
No Score Yet Addams Family Reunion
  • Granny
1999
No Score Yet Palmer's Pick-Up
  • Eleanor Palmer
1999
21% The Odd Couple II
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Wrong Guys
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Not for Publication
  • Doris
1984
75% Grease
  • Mrs. Murdock
1978
No Score Yet Rabbit Test
  • Nurse Tunn
1978
0% Gator
  • Emmeline Cavanaugh
1976
80% Blue Sunshine
  • O'Malley's Neighbor
1976
No Score Yet Viva Max!
  • Hattie Longstreet Daniel
1969
No Score Yet With Six You Get Eggroll
  • Housekeeper
1968
89% The Graduate
  • Mrs. Singleman
1967
71% The Flim-Flam Man
  • Mrs. Packard
1967
No Score Yet My Six Loves
  • Actor
1963
91% To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Stephanie Crawford
1962
No Score Yet New Faces
  • Herself
1954

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Stepsister Joy
  • 2004
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Mamie
  • 1978

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