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Beth Howland
Beth Howland
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Beth Howland in Li'l Abner (1959)
Born
Elizabeth Howland

(1941-05-28)May 28, 1941
DiedDecember 31, 2015(2015-12-31) (aged 74)
OccupationActress
Years active1959-2002
Children1 daughter

Elizabeth Howland (May 28, 1941 - December 31, 2015) was an American actress. She worked on stage and television, and was best known for playing Vera Gorman in Alice, the sitcom inspired by the Martin Scorsese film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974).[1]

Howland originated the role of Amy in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim's Company, in which she introduced the patter song "Getting Married Today".[]

Early life

Howland was born on May 28, 1941, in Boston. At the age of 16, she left home and followed a dancer friend to New York City.[2] After a time of struggling, Howland made her Broadway debut in 1959 as Lady Beth in the Carol Burnett musical Once Upon a Mattress, which transferred from off-Broadway. She went on to have roles in the musicals Bye Bye Birdie, High Spirits, Drat! The Cat! and Darling of the Day.[3]

Career

Howland can be seen dancing and singing in the chorus of Li'l Abner (1959) as Clem's wife, alongside future television star Valerie Harper.[2] After appearing in Company, she left New York to relocate to California,[4] where she made guest appearances on television series such as Love, American Style; Cannon; The Mary Tyler Moore Show (twice--once as Bert Convy's wife, once as a hook-up of Ted Bessell); Little House on the Prairie; Eight Is Enough and The Love Boat.[5][6] For her work on Alice, Howland received four Golden Globe Award nominations. She later took on numerous telefilm roles, including You Can't Take It with You (as Essie) and A Caribbean Mystery.[7]

She remained on Alice throughout its nine seasons. After the sitcom ended in 1985, Howland went into semi-retirement. She made occasional guest appearances (including Murder, She Wrote; Chicken Soup for the Soul; Sabrina the Teenage Witch; and The Tick)[8] and starred in the ABC Afterschool Special, "Terrible Things My Mother Told Me".[9][10]

Personal life

From 1961 to 1969, Howland was married to character actor Michael J. Pollard, with whom she had a daughter.[11]

In 2002 she married actor Charles Kimbrough, an actor of Broadway and Murphy Brown fame, and remained married to him until her death in 2015. Kimbrough and Howland had appeared together in Company.[]

Death

Howland, who had been a smoker since she was a teenager until she finally quit in the early 2000s, died of lung cancer on December 31, 2015, at age 74. Per her request, her death was not reported to the media and was not made public until May 24, 2016, four days before her 75th birthday.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1959 Li'l Abner Clem's wife
1974 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Vault Manager's Wife

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1972 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Linda Foster Episode: "Have I Found a Guy for You" (S 3:Ep 10)
1973 The Ted Bessell Show Margaret Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Bill Persky.[14]
Love, American Style Rita Episode: "Love and Carmen Lopez/Love and the Cover/Love and the Cryin' Cowboy" (S 5:Ep 13)
1975 Cannon Secretary Episode: "Nightmare" (S 5:Ep 1)
The Rookies Mrs. Ross Episode: "Reading, Writing and Angel Dust" (S 4:Ep 2)
Bronk June Kramer Episode: "Echo of Danger" (S 1:Ep 4)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Joan Episode: "Mary Richards Falls in Love" (S 6:Ep 11)
1976 Little House on the Prairie Clerk Episode: "The Pride of Walnut Grove" (S 2:Ep 14)
1976-85 Alice Vera Louise Gorman Contract role (202 episodes)
1977 Eight Is Enough Mavis Episode: "Is There a Doctor in the House?" (S 2:Ep 1)
1979 The Love Boat Lee Noble Episode: "Third Wheel/Grandmother's Day/Second String Mom" (S 2:Ep 27)
You Can't Take It with You Essie Carmichael Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Paul Bogart.[15]
1980 The Wild Wacky Wonderful World of Winter Stripper Made-for-TV-Movie
1981 The Love Boat Eloise Farnsworth Episodes:
  • "Farnsworth's Fling/Three in a Bed/I Remember Helen/Merrill, Melanie & Melanesia/Gopher Farnsworth Smith: Part 1" (S 5:Ep 8)
  • "Farnsworth's Fling/Three in a Bed/I Remember Helen/Merrill, Melanie & Melanesia/Gopher Farnsworth Smith: Part 2" (S 5:Ep 9)
1982 American Playhouse Housewife Episode: "Working" (S 1:Ep 14)
1983 The Love Boat Jeannie Davis Episodes:
  • "Hits and Missus/Return of Annabelle/Just Plain Folks Medicine/Caught in the Act/The Real Thing/Do Not Disturb/Lulu & Kenny (Country Music Jamboree): Part 1" (S 6:Ep 27)
  • "Hits and Missus/Return of Annabelle/Just Plain Folks Medicine/Caught in the Act/The Real Thing/Do Not Disturb/Lulu & Kenny (Country Music Jamboree): Part 2" (S 6:Ep 28)
Captain Bernice Tobin Episode: "Youth Takes a Holiday/Don't Leave Home Without It/Prisoner of Love" (S 7:Ep 4)
A Caribbean Mystery Evelyn Hillingdon Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Robert Michael Lewis.[16]
1985 Comedy Factory Kate Weston Episode: "It Takes Two" (S 1:Ep 6)
1988 ABC Afterschool Special Eleanor Flemming Episode: "Terrible Things My Mother Told Me" (S 16:Ep 5)[9]
You Can't Take It with You Anita Briggs Episode: "For Whom the Phone Rings" (S 1:Ep 14)
1993 Murder, She Wrote Sandy Oates Episode: "Lone Witness" (S 9:Ep 19)
1997 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Mrs. Ericson Episode: "Cat Showdown" (S 1:Ep 19)
2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul Diane Episode: "Thinking of You/Mama's Soup Pot/The Letter" (S 1:Ep 17)
Batman Beyond Singer (voice) Episode: "Out of the Past" (S 3:Ep 5)
2002 The Tick Bea Episode: "Arthur, Interrupted" (S 1:Ep 8)
As Told by Ginger Dr. Leventhal Episode: "And She Was Gone" (S 2:Ep 23)

References

  1. ^ "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b Grimes, William (May 24, 2016). "Beth Howland, accident prone waitress from the sitcom Alice dies at 74". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "Beth Howland, Vera on TV sitcom 'Alice', dies at 74". WPIX. Tribune Broadcasting. Associated Press. May 25, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Original COMPANY Cast Member & 'ALICE' Star Beth Howland Dies at 74". Broadway World. May 25, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Adams, Char (May 25, 2016). "Alice Star Beth Howland Dead at 74". People. Time Inc. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ Kenneally, Tim (May 25, 2016). "Beth Howland, Vera From Sitcom 'Alice,' Dies at 74". TheWrap. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Ellis, Ralph (May 25, 2016). "Actress Beth Howland dies; played waitress on TV show 'Alice'". CNN. Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ Pedersen, Erik (May 25, 2016). "Beth Howland Dies: Actress Who Played Vera On 'Alice' Was 74". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Terrible Things My Mother Told Me". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ O'Connor, John (January 19, 1988). "TV Review; 'Terrible Things My Mother Told Me'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Actress Beth Howland, who played Vera on 'Alice', dies at 74". New York Daily News. Associated Press. May 25, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "Li'l Abner". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ "The Ted Bessell Show". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ "You Can't Take It with You". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ "Agatha Christie's: A Caribbean Mystery". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2016.

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