Alice Ghostley

Actor, Comedian
Prolific TV actress-comedienne who appeared in over a dozen sitcoms and variety series of the 1960s and 70s. Ghostley first received attention onstage in such revues as "New Faces of 1952"; two years later she reprised ... Read more »
Born: 08/14/1926 in Eve, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

The Chocolate Fairy 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Designing Women Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Whispers: An Elephant's Tale 2000 (Movie)

of Tuskless (Voice)

Bewitched: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Addams Family Reunion 1998 (Movie)

Granny (Actor)

Channel Umptee-3 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Cybill 1986 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Designing Women 1986 - 1993, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dharma & Greg 1986 - 1993, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1986 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1986 - 1994, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Palmer's Pick-Up 1998 (Movie)

Eleanor (Actor)

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1989 - 1993, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Odd Couple II 1998 (Movie)

Esther (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1986 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Grisham's The Client 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Daddy Dearest 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Train 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Stir Crazy 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Mama Malone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Not For Publication 1984 (Movie)

Doris Denver (Actor)

Sutters Bay 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Merry Christmas... With Love, Julie 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Sunshine 1979 (Movie)

O'Malley's Neighbor (Actor)

'Twas the Night Before Christmas 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Grease 1978 (Movie)

Mrs. Murdock (Actor)

Rabbit Test 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Record City 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gator 1975 (Movie)

Emmeline Cavanaugh (Actor)

Who's Happy Now? 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Temperatures Rising Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Julie Andrews Hour 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies 1972 (Movie)

Sister Lite (Actor)

Bewitched 1964 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Nichols 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golddiggers 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jud Strunk Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Viva Max! 1969 (Movie)

Hattie Longstreet Daniel (Actor)

With Six You Get Eggroll 1968 (Movie)

Housekeeper (Actor)

Captain Nice 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flim-Flam Man 1967 (Movie)

Mrs Packard (Actor)

The Graduate 1967 (Movie)

Mrs Singleman (Actor)

Car 54, Where Are You? 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

My Six Loves 1962 (Movie)

Selina (Actor)

To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 (Movie)

Stephanie Crawford--Dill's Aunt (Actor)

Cinderella 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

New Faces (Movie)

(Actor)

The Odd Couple (TV Show)

Actor

Two on a Bench (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Prolific TV actress-comedienne who appeared in over a dozen sitcoms and variety series of the 1960s and 70s. Ghostley first received attention onstage in such revues as "New Faces of 1952"; two years later she reprised her role in the film adaptation, committing her hilarious rendition of "The Boston Beguine" to celluloid. By the time of her Tony-winning performance in "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window" (1965), though, Ghostley had largely transferred her energies to the small screen.

One of the most accomplished scene-stealers in the history of TV comedy, Ghostley perfected a dithering manner and a flustered, hesitant style of line delivery. A regular on "The Jonathan Winters Show", "The Julie Andrews Hour" and "The Golddiggers", she played recurring or supporting roles on such comedies as "Mayberry R.F.D.", "Car 54, Where Are You?" and, perhaps most memorably, "Bewitched", where her incompetent babysitting witch Esmeralda constantly conjured up one sitcom disaster after another. Ghostley busied herself in feature films during the late 70s and later made a triumphant return to TV comedy in the 80s as Bernice, the human non sequitur, on "Designing Women".

Relationships

Harry Francis Ghostley

Father

Edna Muriel Ghostley

Mother

Felice Orlandi

Husband

EDUCATION

University of Oklahoma

Norman , Oklahoma

Milestones

1998

Returned to features after more than a decade in "The Odd Couple II"

1967

Played Mrs. Nash, the hero's mother, on the sitcom, "Captain Nice"

1962

Returned to feature films to play a supporting role in Robert Mulligan's film adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird"

1957

Acted on TV in such Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentations as "Twelfth Night" and "Lost Horizon"

1954

Made film debut in the recreation of the stage revue "New Faces of 1952" entitled "New Faces"; performed "The Boston Beguine"

1953

Appeared as a regular on the TV game show, "Freedom Rings"

Was a regular on the comedy-variety series, "The Jonathan Winters Show"

Played the recurring role of Esmeralda on the popular TV sitcom, "Bewitched", during its last few seasons

Played Edwina Mercy on the TV sitcom, "The New Temperatures Rising Show"

Was a regular on the musical variety series, "The Julie Andrews Hour"

Played Aunt Alice on the TV sitcom, "Mayberry R.F.D."

Played the role of Bertha, saloon proprietor, on the Western drama series, "Nichols"/"James Garner as Nichols"

Played the recurring role of Bernice on the popular CBS sitcom "Designing Women" (dates approximate)

Played the recurring role of Bonnie Calsheim, girlfried to Officer Francis Muldoon (Fred Gwynne) on the situation comedy, "Car 54, Where Are You?"

Acted in a number of feature films during the late 70s, including "Grease" and "Rabbit Test" (both 1978)

Was a regular on the TV comedy-variety series, "Jackie Gleason and His American Scene Magazine/"The Jackie Gleason Show"

Was a regular on the syndicated variety show, "The Golddigers"

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