Joyce Randolph

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Joyce Randolph
Born Joyce Sirola
(1924-10-21) October 21, 1924 (age 89)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1949–2000
Spouse(s) Richard Lincoln Charles (1955–1997; his death); 1 son
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Joyce Randolph (born October 21, 1924) is an American actress, best known for playing Trixie Norton on The Honeymooners.

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Randolph was born as Joyce Sirola in Detroit, Michigan, and moved to New York City in 1943 to pursue an acting career. She took roles on Broadway and landed various television roles.[1]

In 1951, she was seen in a Clorets commercial by Jackie Gleason and was asked to appear in a skit on Cavalcade of Stars, Gleason's variety show on the DuMont Television Network. Soon after, she was cast as Trixie in The Honeymooners.[1] Several New York columnists referred to her as the "Garbo of Detroit". “That's still a mystery ... I was a nobody in Detroit. Why Garbo? Well, she was Scandinavian — and so was I”, responded Randolph.[1]

The Honeymooners[edit]

Randolph is the last surviving member of the famous Honeymooners quartet, which included Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, Art Carney as Ed Norton, Audrey Meadows as Alice Kramden (after replacing a blacklisted Pert Kelton), and Randolph as Trixie Norton.

Randolph was not the very first "Trixie Norton"; Elaine Stritch appeared as a burlesque "Trixie" circa 1951 in Cavalcade of Stars, where the premise for The Honeymooners first took root. Stritch only played the role once and Randolph took over. Randolph had met her future Honeymooners co-star Meadows long before they did the television series, working together in a summer stock production of No, No, Nanette.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Randolph married Richard Lincoln Charles, a wealthy marketing executive on October 2, 1955. Richard Charles died in 1997 at age 74. Their son, Randolph Richard Charles (born 1960), is a marketing executive in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

She is the great-aunt of Major League Baseball pitcher Tim Redding.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Collins, Glenn (2007-01-27). "For TV's Trixie, the Honeymoon Lives On". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-01-27. 
  2. ^ Joyce Randolph relation to Tim Redding, newyork.mets.mlb.com; accessed January 27, 2014.

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