Sheila MacRae

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Sheila MacRae
Sheila MacRae 1974.JPG
MacRae in 1974
Born Sheila Margaret Stephens
(1921-09-24)24 September 1921
London, England, UK
Died 6 March 2014(2014-03-06) (aged 92)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Cause of death
Natural causes
Other names Sheila Margaret Stevens
Occupation Actress, producer, singer
Years active 1950–1993
Spouse(s) Gordon MacRae
(m.1941–1967; divorced)
Ronald Wayne
(m.1967–1970; divorced)
Children Heather MacRae
Meredith MacRae
William Gordon MacRae
Robert Bruce MacRae†

Sheila MacRae (24 September 1921 – 6 March 2014)[1] was an English-born American actress, singer and dancer.

Career[edit]

MacRae appeared in such films as Caged (1950), Backfire (1950) and Sex and the Single Girl (1964). On television, MacRae played herself in an episode of I Love Lucy, "The Fashion Show" in which she asks Lucy to participate in a Hollywood fashion show organized by Don Loper and featuring actors' wives as models.

Between 1966 and 1970 MacRae played Alice Kramden on 52 episodes of The Jackie Gleason Show, taking over the role from Audrey Meadows. She went on to have her own short-lived television series (The Sheila MacRae Show), and to play "Madelyn Richmond" on the long-running soap opera General Hospital.

Personal life[edit]

Sheila Margaret Stephens was born in London in 1921,[1] but evacuated with her parents to Long Island, New York in 1939, shortly before the onset of World War II.

She married actor and singer Gordon MacRae in 1941; the couple divorced in 1967. They often appeared on the stage together, in musicals such as Bells Are Ringing (in a 1964 production), and Guys and Dolls (where she played Miss Adelaide, a character that she took to Broadway in the 1965 revival.[1] They were the parents of two daughters, actresses Heather and Meredith MacRae, and two sons, William Gordon MacRae and Robert Bruce MacRae. Two of Sheila's four children, Meredith and Robert Bruce, predeceased her.[2]

MacRae became a naturalized United States citizen on 20 March 1959, in California.[3]

Death[edit]

MacRae, a devout Christian Scientist, died suddenly on 6 March 2014, in Englewood, New Jersey, aged 92,[1] at the Lillian Booth Actor's Home. She had suffered from dementia but was otherwise in good health and had been hospitalized for a minor surgical procedure, when her death came suddenly from natural causes, said her daughter, Heather.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d New York Times obituary, 9 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Sheila MacRae, the Queen of Hollywood Past, Is With the Angels". Huffington Post. 7 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Naturalization information, ancestry.com; accessed 9 March 2014.

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