(NationRise.com) – Joyce Randolph, an actress who gained fame for portraying Trixie Norton in the hit series “The Honeymooners,” died on January 19th at the age of 99. Randy Charles, her only child, confirmed Randolph’s death, saying that she died peacefully while sleeping in her home. She had been receiving in-home hospice care.
Randolph was the show’s last cast member to die. Her other colleagues, notably Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, and Jackie Gleason, all died years prior.
The show focused on two married middle-class couples.
The Honeymooners sitcom only lasted one season, spanning across 39 episodes, but it built a lasting legacy for Randolph. She had difficulty finding other roles after the show ended. Randolph said directors often dismissed her for being so well-known as Trixie. They were concerned that fans would have a hard time accepting her as any other character.
Still, she landed several roles in commercials, theatrical productions, and guest spots on other TV shows. She had TV roles before The Honeymooners, but most of them aired live and have since been lost.
Randolph was also known as “the most murdered girl on television” due to the number of roles in which her character was killed.
She also married her husband, Richard Lincoln Charles, very shortly after The Honeymooners aired. They remained together until he died in 1997. She never remarried.
Randolph spent her early childhood in China, where her father worked as a missionary. Her family moved to California when she was five years old. She initially acted during high school in musical comedies.
Her son described Randolph as a wonderful actress, mother, and wife. Her family has asked for donations to the Entertainment Community Fund in honor of her death. Her husband was on the nonprofit organization’s board prior to his death.
CBS announced that it will reboot The Honeymooners in 2022 with a female lead. Executive producer Damon Waynes Jr. has been recruited for the show’s production.
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