Thursday, October 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Joyce Randolph

Consider, if you will, the plight of Joyce Randolph...

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketFourth billed and forced to play third fiddle behind a booming tuba, a shrill harp, and a bassoon (or is that baboon? or maybe it's buffoon?) Joyce Randolph had the most thankless job on The Honeymooners. Most episodes she's lucky if Trixie gets one scene.

Nevertheless, she did get to play a part in one of the television era's first pop culture sensations. Not that she's the only person to play Trixie Norton - oh no; I've only just learned that Trixie was first played by Elaine Stritch, which about blows my mind.

Today the one-time Garbo of Detroit turns 86; long-retired from acting but not from performing, she currently serves of the board of the USO.
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