Kaye Ballard (1925–2019)


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Singing funny girl Kaye Ballard was born to perform...and perform she did, in a career spanning eight decades. With a strong comedy background and tunnel mouth to rival Martha Raye, the broad and bouncy trouper drew laughs on the musical stage, in night clubs, in recordings and on TV. As the archetypal over-emotive, knuckle-biting Italian wife and... See full bio »

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(1957)
Cinderella Stepsister Portia
(1957)
Freaky Friday Coach Betsy
(1976)
Eternity Sabrina / Selma
(1990)

Filmography

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 2009 Ron Russell's Set the Record Straight (TV Series)
Guest
- Kay Ballard (2009) ... Guest
 2000 Little Insects
Queen Palooma (voice)
 2000 The Million Dollar Kid
Mrs. Crabby
 1999 Baby Geniuses
Mayor
 1998 The Modern Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mrs. Grumpy Old Man
 1997 Walking to Waldheim (Short)
Yetta Sher
 1994-1995 Due South (TV Series)
Mrs. Vecchio
- Vault (1995) ... Mrs. Vecchio (uncredited)
- They Eat Horses, Don't They? (1994) ... Mrs. Vecchio
- Pilot (1994) ... Mrs. Vecchio
 1994 Ava's Magical Adventure
Leona the Sheriff
 1993 Daddy Dearest (TV Series)
Mrs. Lento
- Al vs. DMV (1993) ... Mrs. Lento
 1990-1991 What a Dummy (TV Series)
Mrs. Treva Travalony
- Toys Aren't Us (1991) ... Mrs. Treva Travalony
- Knock on Wood (1991) ... Mrs. Treva Travalony
- The Treasure of Sierra Secaucus (1991) ... Mrs. Treva Travalony
- The Nudge Who Came to Dinner (1991) ... Mrs. Treva Travalony
- Buzz for Sale (1991) ... Mrs. Treva Travalony
 1989-1991 The Munsters Today (TV Series)
Mother Earth / Mother Nature
- A-Camping We Will Go (1991) ... Mother Earth
- The Not So Great Escape (1989) ... Mother Nature
 1990 Fate
Judy
 1990/II Eternity
Sabrina / Selma
 1990 Modern Love
Receptionist
 1989 Monsters (TV Series)
Faye Ingram
- Rerun (1989) ... Faye Ingram
 1989 The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (TV Series)
Madame Agogo
- Fortune Teller/Mario Meets Koop-zilla (1989) ... Madame Agogo
 1988 Tiger Warsaw
Aunt Thelma
 1987 The Law and Harry McGraw (TV Series)
Angela Calucci
- Angela's Secret (1987) ... Angela Calucci
 1984 Young People's Specials (TV Series)
Mrs. Deluca
- That Funny Fat Kid (1984) ... Mrs. Deluca
 1983 Great Performances (TV Series)
Duchess
- Alice in Wonderland (1983) ... Duchess
 1982 Pandemonium
Glenn's Mom
 1980-1981 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Beulah Krakowsky / Mother
- Cooperative Care (1981) ... Beulah Krakowsky
- Quarantine (1980) ... Mother
 1981 Irene (TV Movie)
Dotty Busmill
 1981 Here's Boomer (TV Series)
Sophia Valetti
- Make 'Em Laugh (1981) ... Sophia Valetti
 1978-1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Babe / Joan Redmond / Cora Bass
 1980 The Dream Merchants (TV Mini-Series)
Esther Kessler
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Esther Kessler
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Esther Kessler
 1980 Falling in Love Again
Mrs. Lewis (1940's)
 1980 The Steve Allen Comedy Hour (TV Series)
 1980 Broadway on Showtime (TV Series)
Salome
- The Robber Bridegroom (1980) ... Salome
 1979 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Elvira Wilson
- Hit Man/The Swimmer (1979) ... Elvira Wilson
 1978 Flying High (TV Series)
 1977 Alice (TV Series)
Seama
- The Hex (1977) ... Seama
 1976 Freaky Friday
Coach Betsy
 1976 The Ritz
Vivian Proclo
 1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Nurse Ladue
- Officer Dooly (1976) ... Nurse Ladue
 1975 The Montefuscos (TV Series)
Filomena
- Filomena's Visit (1975) ... Filomena
 1974 Sonic Boom (Short)
Aggie
 1970-1973 Love, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and the Soap Opera") / Helen (segment "Love and the Dream Burglar") / Sally (segment "Love and the V.I.P. Restaurant")
- Love and the Mind Reader/Love and the Mr. and Mrs./Love and the Soap Opera (1973) ... (segment "Love and the Soap Opera")
- Love and Those Poor Crusaders' Wives/Love and the Big Night/Love and the V.I.P. Restaurant (1970) ... Sally (segment "Love and the V.I.P. Restaurant")
 1970-1972 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Angie Pallucci / Flossie Moore
- The Blessed Event (1972) ... Angie Pallucci
- Happiness Is Not Being Fired (1971) ... Angie Pallucci
- Have I Got a Fellow for You! (1971) ... Angie Pallucci
- A Weighty Problem (1971) ... Angie Pallucci
- It's Christmas Time in the City (1970) ... Angie Pallucci
 1971 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Donna
 1970 Which Way to the Front?
Senora Messina
 1970 All My Children (TV Series)
Mrs. Remo (1993)
 1969 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
DMV Clerk
- Willie Lump Lump's Birthday (1969) ... DMV Clerk
 1967-1969 The Mothers-In-Law (TV Series)
Kaye Buell
- The Not-So-Grand Opera (1969) ... Kaye Buell
- The Charge of the Wife Brigade (1969) ... Kaye Buell
- Show Business Is No Business (1969) ... Kaye Buell
- Take Her, He's Mine (1969) ... Kaye Buell
- Two on the Aisle (1969) ... Kaye Buell
 1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Episode #1.12 (1968) ... Various Roles
 1964 A House Is Not a Home
Sidonia
 1964 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Selby
- The Perfect Teenager (1964) ... Mrs. Selby (as Kay Ballard)
 1963 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Comedian
- Episode #16.37 (1963) ... Comedian
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
 1957 The Girl Most Likely
Marge
 1957 Cinderella (TV Special)
Stepsister Portia
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1996-1997 Season) She acted in Vincent Youmans, Frank Mandel, William O. Harbach and Emil Nyitray's musical, "No, No Nanette," at the Paper Mill playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey with Eddie Bracken, Helen Gallagher, Daniel Herron, Lee Roy Reams, Virginia Sandifur and Debra Wiseman in the cast. Donald Saddler was director and ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Kay Ballard
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Personal Quote:

[When asked if $250 would be a joke, and whether Eve Arden, who starred alongside Ballard herself, were making enough]: Yes! We were all supposed to get a two-hundred-fifty-dollar raise the second year, and suddenly Proctor & Gamble wouldn't do it. So Desi said, 'Either you do it, or the show doesn't go on.' And all this when we were still in the top ten! What was so funny was that Eve and I were... See more »

Trivia:

Began her career on vaudeville as an impressionist and singer. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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