Mary Grace Canfield Dies
Canfield's death at a Santa Barbara hospice was confirmed by her daughter, Phoebe Alexiades, to the Los Angeles Times. Alexiades said Canfield died after a battle with lung cancer.
On Green Acres, Canfield played one half of the Ralph and Alf, brother-sister carpenter duo opposite Sid Melton. Their work on a farm house owned by city transplants Oliver (Eddie Albert) and Lisa (Eva Gabor) never seemed to end. The humor of Canfield’s role was in the character’s rejection of feminine standards, providing a comical foil for Gabor’s character.
In addition to Green Acres, Canfield appeared on TV in The Love Boat, Bewitched and daytime soap opera General Hospital. On the big screen, Canfield appeared in Pollyanna, Half a House and Something Wicked This Way Comes.
The Golden Girls star passed away on 2 November in Burbank, California, reports Variety.com.
Melton began his career in the 1940s, starring in movies including film noir classic Body and Soul and the musical On the Town.
He moved to TV roles in 1954, and racked up credits in shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Rhoda, Major Dad, Dragnet, The Andy Griffith Show and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.
His TV career picked up in the 1990s as he appeared on sitcoms Make Room for Daddy, Blossom, Green Acres and Golden Girls.
Melton also tried his hand at directing, stepping behind the camera for Bad Girls Don't Cry in 1965 as well as ...And Call Me in the Morning in 1999.
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