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      Alice Pearce

      Alice Pearce

      Highest Rated: 93% On the Town (1949)

      Lowest Rated: 33% Dear Heart (1965)

      Birthday: Oct 16, 1917

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Alice Pearce's start in Hollywood can be traced to a recommendation by Gene Kelly. Pearce began her show business career as a nightclub comedian, and was a member of the Broadway production of "On the Town" (as Lucy Schmeeler). When the play was being made into a film, the movie's lead, Kelly, demanded that Pearce repeat her role (the only actor or actress from the play to be included in the 1949 film version), joining a cast that also included Frank Sinatra. This led to a short-lived comedy/music television show that Pearce hosted, simply titled "Alice Pearce" (also in 1949). Pearce would continue to act on Broadway and in film/television, before landing what would be her best-known role, as an annoyingly nosy neighbor, Gladys Kravitz, on the hit television show, "Bewitched." Before taking the role, Pearce discovered that she had ovarian cancer, but went ahead with the show's production (allegedly keeping the condition secret from others on the set). By the middle of the second season, Pearce's condition worsened, and she died on March 3, 1966, at the age of 48. The role of Kravitz would subsequently be filled by actress Sandra Gould, although Pearce would receive a posthumous Emmy Award, for "Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Comedy." Pearce and Gould would also share three TV Land Awards in the early 21st century, for their work on the show.

      Highest rated movies

      On the Town
      Kiss Me, Stupid
      The Disorderly Orderly
      The Glass Bottom Boat
      Dear Heart


      ON THE TOWN, Peter Chong, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller, Gene Kelly, Jules Munshin, Alice Pearce, Frank Sinatra, 1949 ON THE TOWN, from left: Alice Pearce, Gene Kelly, 1949 ON THE TOWN, from left, Alice Pearce, Gene Kelly, 1949



      57% 74% The Glass Bottom Boat Mabel Fenimore (Character) - 1966
      33% 70% Dear Heart Miss Moore (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 53% Dear Brigitte Unemployment Office Clerk (Character) - 1965
      60% 68% The Disorderly Orderly Mrs. Fuzzibee (Character) - 1964
      71% 67% Kiss Me, Stupid Mrs. Mulligan (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 50% My Six Loves Bus Driver (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet How to Be Very, Very Popular Miss 'Syl' Sylvester (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 33% The Belle of New York Elsie Wilkins (Character) - 1952
      93% 83% On the Town Lucy Shmeeler (Character) - 1949


      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vacation Playhouse Music Teacher (Character) 1967
      No Score Yet 41% Bewitched Gladys Kravitz (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1963
      92% 96% The Twilight Zone Mrs. Nielson (Character) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960