Joyce Randolph was last surviving cast of ‘The Honeymooners’
By TOI Desk Report January 15, 2024 Update on : January 15, 2024
Veteran stage and television actor Joyce Randolph, who was the last surviving cast member of the classic and beloved sitcom of the 1950s, The Honeymooners, died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 99.
Randolph and three other casts of the beloved sitcom dominated the Saturday night viewing habits of millions in the golden age of live television, and for decades afterwards on rerun broadcasts and home video.
The actress played Trixie Norton for its full 39-episode run, which ran from 1955 to 1956.
However, Joyce Randolph breathed her last at her home in Manhattan on Saturday evening, her son Randolph Charles confirmed Sunday to CBS News.
She left behind her son Randy from her marriage to marketing executive Richard Lincoln Charles. However, Richard died in 1997.
Of the rest three casts, Jackie Gleason (Ralph Kramden) died in 1987, Audrey Meadows in 1996, and Art Carney in 2003.
Portrayed by Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows, respectively, her character [Randolph] was married to Ed Norton (Art Carney), and they [on-screen couple] were neighbours to Ralph and Alice Kramden.
In the sitcom, Kramden, a bus driver, and Norton, a sewer worker, “struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience.
According to a 2007 New York Times profile, Randolph was born in a Finnish-American family in Detroit and arrived in NYC in 1943. She acted in Broadway productions, commercials, and television programs in 1950. The events include Buck Rogers and The Clock.
Gleason took a liking to Randolph After noticing Randolph in a Clorets gum commercial in 1951. He featured her in his variety show, Cavalcade of Stars, and later cast her as Trixie in The Honeymooners.
Randolph in her career made a cameo as Trixie on Hi Honey I’m Home. The meta series often featured iconic sitcom alumni — in 1991, per IMDb.
In 1964, the actress also appeared in one episode of the early medical drama “The Doctors and the Nurses”, and had a minor role in the 2000 film Everything’s Jake as an unnamed dog walker.