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Subject: Actress, set designer Kathleen Ankers was born 100 years ago today (died 2001)

Played several characters on David Letterman's show
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Date Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 11:20:36am
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Kathleen Ankers (22 October 1919 - 24 October 2001) was an American scenic designer, best known for her work on The Rosie O'Donnell Show and the Late Show with David Letterman.

Early life

Born in Ealing, London, Ankers moved to the US in the late 1940s. She did occasional Broadway costume design (Fancy Meeting You Again [1952]; My Sister, My Sister [1974]) and set design (Mr. Pickwick [1952] but spent most of her career in television.

Television career

Ankers' television credits include Late Night with David Letterman, Late Show with David Letterman, ESPN's SportsCenter, the original Sale of the Century, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, He Said, She Said, and The $128,000 Question.

She appeared on Late Night as the "NBC Bookmobile Lady", "Peggy, the Foul-Mouthed Chambermaid", and on Late Show with David Letterman as various characters.

She won two Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on The Rosie O'Donnell Show (2000) and posthumously in 2002) and one Primetime Emmy for Late Show With David Letterman (1995).

Ankers died of lung cancer on October 24, 2001, in Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City at the age of 82.

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