Manny P. here…
The actress best known as one of the many who played Alice Kramden on a later incarnation of The Honeymooners has died. Sheila MacRae also appeared in such films as Pretty Baby, Caged, and Sex and the Single Girl. She was born in London, but evacuated to Long Island, New York in 1939, shortly before the onset of World War II.
A singer and a dancer, Sheila was married to Oklahoma! and Carousel star Gordon MacRae for 26 years. They were on the Ed Sullivan Show when The Beatles made a splash in 1964. The couple appeared together in musicals, including Guys and Dolls, with Sheila taking her performance as Miss Adelaide to Broadway in 1965. Additionally, she was in a production of Bells are Ringing. They were the parents of two sons and two daughters (actresses Heather and the late Meredith MacRae).
On television, MacRae played herself in an episode of I Love Lucy. She portrayed Madelyn Richmond on the daytime soap opera General Hospital; and was a host of the Sheila MacRae Show. After her divorce from Gordon, she married Ronald Wayne, who had produced Jackie Gleason’s show. They later divorced.
The actress died Thursday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey. A devout Christian Scientist, Sheila MacRae (right) was 92.
The New York Times has printed a correction for misspelling the name of a black man who was sold into slavery over 160 years ago, and whose memoirs were turned into 12 Years a Slave. The movie won the Oscar for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. It starred Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup (left). In a January 20th, 1853 article, the Times misspelled Solomon’s surname as Northrop and as Northrup in the article and in the headline.
The newspaper corrected Northup’s name this week, after the errors were pointed out by someone looking through its archives. Spoiler alert… Northup was born in New York and was kidnapped and sold as a slave in 1841. He spent the next dozen years in Louisiana before regaining his freedom. Hence, the title of the film! Oh… and congrats to the New York Times for fixing this cold case error.
Until next time> “never forget”