Actress-singer was on '60s 'Honeymooners'
Sheila MacRae, 92, a versatile actress and singer who performed in a popular 1950s nightclub act with her husband,
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Sheila MacRae: An obituary in the March 9 California section of actress Sheila MacRae, who played Alice Kramden in the late-1960s TV revival of "The Honeymooners," said
originated the role. Actress Pert Kelton was the first to play Alice opposite Jackie Gleason's Ralph. —
Throughout the '50s, MacRae and her husband, a baritone who starred in the movie musicals "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel," entertained audiences in ritzy venues such as
MacRae assumed the role of Alice Kramden, wife of Gleason's bus-driver character Ralph in
She was born Sheila Stephens in Middlesex County, England, on Sept. 24, 1921, said her daughter. In the early days of World War II, she immigrated to the United States with her family and they settled on New York's
She married Gordon MacRae in 1941 and they had four children — Meredith, Heather, Gar and Robert Bruce — before divorcing in 1967. Gordon MacRae died in 1986.
A second marriage to producer Ronald Wayne ended in divorce. Her daughter Meredith, an actress who played Billie Jo on the '60s TV sitcom "Petticoat Junction," died in 2000. Her son Bruce died in 2010.
MacRae made many TV guest appearances including variety and game shows like
Hank Rieger, 95, a longtime NBC press representative who also served as the first elected president of the
Beginning in 1965 he spent nearly 15 years as head of West Coast press and publicity for NBC, working on shows such as "Bonanza,"
In 1977, he began serving the first of two terms as president of the academy after the organization's split of its East and West Coast chapters. He was also the founding publisher of the academy's Emmy magazine. In 1979 he left NBC to form his own publicity and consulting company, which had
Henry Rieger was born Sept. 20, 1918, in Kansas City, Mo. He served in
Before getting into PR, he worked as a journalist at the United Press International bureau in Los Angeles when it was in fervent competition with the Associated Press. One of Rieger's claims to fame was that he got the tip in 1962 that Marilyn Monroe had died. "We beat the tail off AP on that one," he said.
Robert Ashley, an experimental composer who produced avant-garde operas including "Perfect Lives" and "
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