Randolph flipping the switch at the Empire State Building, February 2007
October 21, 1924
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Richard Lincoln Charles (1955–1997; his death); 1 son|
Early life and career
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. 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.
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.
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.
- Joyce Randolph, The Last-Surviving 'Honeymooner'
- Joyce Randolph at the Internet Movie Database
- Joyce Randolph at the Internet Broadway Database
- Joyce Randolph interview video at the Archive of American Television