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Mary Jane Croft (1916–1999)

Diminutive, blond character comedienne whose strident voice and nervy manner made her the perfect foil to Lucille Ball's madcap antics on TV, at first, occasionally, on I Love Lucy (1951) (as "Betty Ramsay" and "Evelyn Bigsby"), then on a regular basis on The Lucy Show (1962) and Here's Lucy (1968) (as "Mary Jane Lewis"). Mary Jane started her ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet Clara Randolph / Clara / Marian Burnett / Mrs. Clara Randolph / Woman
The Lucy Show
The Lucy Show Mary Jane Lewis / Audrey Simmons / Audrey
Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy Mary Jane / Mary Jane Lewis
The Two of Us


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 1977 Lucy Calls the President (TV Movie)
Midge Bowser
 1969-1974 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Mary Jane / Mary Jane Lewis
- Lucy Is N.G. as an R.N. (1974) ... Mary Jane
- Lucy Is a Bird-Sitter (1974) ... Mary Jane
- Lucy Plays Cops and Robbers (1973) ... Mary Jane
- Lucy's Tenant (1973) ... Mary Jane
 1969 The Mothers-In-Law (TV Series)
Carol Yates
- The Not-So-Grand Opera (1969) ... Carol Yates
 1966 The Two of Us (TV Movie)
 1966 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Two of Us (1966) ... Helen
 1960 Dante (TV Series)
Alma Jenks
- The Misfortune Cookie (1960) ... Alma Jenks
 1958 Dog Tales (Short)
Various (voice, uncredited)
 1958 Kathy O'
Harriet Burton
 1955-1958 The People's Choice (TV Series)
Cleo / Cleo the Basset Hound / Cleo (voice)
- Daisies Won't Tell (1958) ... Cleo (voice, uncredited)
- Missing Moolah (1958) ... Cleo (voice, uncredited)
- Rollo's Wedding (1958) ... Cleo (voice, uncredited)
- The First Anniversary (1958) ... Cleo (voice, uncredited)
- Rollo Makes Good (1958) ... Cleo (voice, uncredited)
 1958 The Court of Last Resort (TV Series)
Mrs. Craig
- The Peter Stevens Case (1958) ... Mrs. Craig
 1957 The Eve Arden Show (TV Series)
- Housework (1957) ... Secretary
 1957 Date with the Angels (TV Series)
 1954-1957 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Betty Ramsey / Evelyn Bigsby / Cynthia Harcourt
- Country Club Dance (1957) ... Betty Ramsey (uncredited)
- Housewarming (1957) ... Betty Ramsey
 1956 Dragnet (TV Series)
- The Big Child (1956)
 1953-1955 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series)
Miss Daisy Enright
- Home Cooked Meal (1955) ... Miss Daisy Enright
- Second Hand-First Aid (1954) ... Miss Daisy Enright
- Clay City Chaperone (1953) ... Miss Daisy Enright
- Aunt Mattie Boynton (1953) ... Miss Daisy Enright
 1955 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
- Sister Cissy Returns (1955) ... Cissy
 1943 In Old Oklahoma
Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
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Also played Miss Daisy Enright in the radio version of "Our Miss Brooks", which starred Eve Arden.

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Mary Jean Croft


5' 7" (1.7 m)

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First appeared with Lucille Ball on I Love Lucy (1951) in 1954 with an appearance as haughty society type Cynthia Harcourt. She appeared a couple years later in a scene sitting next to Lucy on a return plane trip from Europe. On the last season of the popular series in 1957, Mary Jane came aboard up in a regular role as Connecticut neighbor Betty Ramsey. See more »



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