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Subject: ARCHIVE: March 3, 1966 ~ Hollywood loses William Frawley and Alice Pearce

Bewitched's Original "Gladys Kravitz" & I Love Lucy's "Fred Mertz"
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Date Posted: Wednesday, March 03, 07:43:54am


William Clement Frawley (February 26, 1887 March 3, 1966) was an American stage entertainer and screen and television actor best known for playing landlord Fred Mertz in the American television sitcom I Love Lucy and "Bub" O'Casey in the television comedy series My Three Sons.

Frawley began his career in vaudeville in 1914 with his wife, Edna Louise Broedt. Their comedy act, known as "Frawley and Louise", continued until their divorce in 1927. Frawley performed on Broadway multiple times and signed with Paramount Studios in 1916 to play in silent films. He appeared in more than 100 films over 35 years.


Alice Pearce (October 16, 1917 March 3, 1966) was an American actress. She was brought to Hollywood by Gene Kelly to reprise her Broadway performance in the film version of On the Town (1949). Pearce played comedic supporting roles in several films, before being cast as nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz in the television sitcom Bewitched in 1964. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series posthumously after the second season of the series. She died from ovarian cancer in 1966.


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Alice Pearce was in "Dear Brigitte" with Howard Freeman, who was in "Whistling in Brooklyn" with William Frawley (NT)Oracle of BaconWednesday, March 03, 11:32:44am

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