Alice Pearce

Alice Pearce

Highest Rated: 93% On the Town (1949)

Lowest Rated: 40% Dear Heart (1965)

Birthday: Oct 16, 1917

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Alice Pearce's start in Hollywood can be traced to a recommendation by Gene Kelly. Pearce began her show business career as a nightclub comedian, and was a member of the Broadway production of "On the Town" (as Lucy Schmeeler). When the play was being made into a film, the movie's lead, Kelly, demanded that Pearce repeat her role (the only actor or actress from the play to be included in the 1949 film version), joining a cast that also included Frank Sinatra. This led to a short-lived comedy/music television show that Pearce hosted, simply titled "Alice Pearce" (also in 1949). Pearce would continue to act on Broadway and in film/television, before landing what would be her best-known role, as an annoyingly nosy neighbor, Gladys Kravitz, on the hit television show, "Bewitched." Before taking the role, Pearce discovered that she had ovarian cancer, but went ahead with the show's production (allegedly keeping the condition secret from others on the set). By the middle of the second season, Pearce's condition worsened, and she died on March 3, 1966, at the age of 48. The role of Kravitz would subsequently be filled by actress Sandra Gould, although Pearce would receive a posthumous Emmy Award, for "Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Comedy." Pearce and Gould would also share three TV Land Awards in the early 21st century, for their work on the show.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
57% 74% The Glass Bottom Boat Mabel Fenimore (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 54% Dear Brigitte Unemployment Office Clerk (Character) - 1965
40% 67% Dear Heart Miss Moore (Character) - 1965
60% 68% The Disorderly Orderly Mrs. Fuzzibee (Character) - 1964
73% 66% Kiss Me, Stupid Mrs. Mulligan (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 56% My Six Loves Bus Driver (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 32% The Belle of New York Elsie Wilkins (Character) - 1952
93% 83% On the Town Lucy Shmeeler (Character) - 1949

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bewitched Gladys Kravitz (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1964-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1963
82% 94% The Twilight Zone Mrs. Nielson (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960

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