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Beyond 'The Honeymooners': Jackie Gleason Remembered By His Stepson (Exclusive)

Back in 1955, Jackie Gleason turned his popular "The Honeymooners" sketch, which originated on his variety show, into a regular 30-minute sitcom called, you guessed it, The Honeymooners. The idea was that he and co-stars Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph would shoot 78 episodes in the first two seasons, with an option for a third season of 39 more. But following that first year, Jackie took the unexpected — and pretty much unprecedented at the time — move to cancel his own show. Believing that those episodes, collectively known now as "The Classic 39," was as good as the show could be, he decided to return to his variety show format, folding Ralph Kramden, Ed Norton and their wives back into it. "Jackie really marched to his own beat," offers his stepson, Craig Horwich, who serves as the head of Jackie Gleason Enterprises in an exclusive interview. "Not in any sense of ignorance or
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Calif. Man Guilty of Killing Wealthy Male Lover — and Covering up Crime with Pregnant Girlfriend

A California man was convicted Tuesday of murdering his millionaire male lover, People confirms.

After a week of deliberation, a federal jury found David Meza, 26, guilty of domestic violence resulting in murder and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the slaying of 51-year-old Texas retiree Jake Merendino. Merendino was found stabbed 24 times and his throat was slit in a ravine near Rosarito, Mexico, on May 2, 2015.

Meza didn’t outwardly react to the verdict. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 7.

Authorities argued that Meza killed his millionaire lover so he could inherit Merendino’s $3 million estate and his $273,000 oceanfront condo.
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Calif. Man Allegedly Murders Wealthy Male Lover — and Then Covers It Up with His Pregnant Girlfriend

Calif. Man Allegedly Murders Wealthy Male Lover — and Then Covers It Up with His Pregnant Girlfriend
A California man is on trial this week for allegedly murdering his wealthy male lover in Mexico two years ago in a plot to gain millions — all while also dating the woman who was carrying his child, prosecutors say.

David Enrique Meza, 25, is accused of fatally stabbing his 52-year-old boyfriend Jake Clyde Merendino in the early morning hours of May 2, 2015. Meza faces charges of interstate or foreign domestic violence resulting in murder and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Merendino was found dead in a ravine next to a highway between Rosarito and Ensenada, Mexico, in an area known as Los Arenales,
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'The Honeymooners' star Sheila MacRae dies at 92

'The Honeymooners' star Sheila MacRae dies at 92
Washington, March 9: Sheila MacRae, best known for playing Jackie Gleason's wife Alice Kramden in the 1960s version of 'The Honeymooners', has passed away at her home in Englewood, New Jersey. She was 92.

MacRae's daughter, actress Heather, said that her mum had a great life and was "quite a fascinating broad" almost like an Autie Mame character, Us Magazine reported.

Heather continued saying that her mum's death came suddenly and was the result of old age.

She added that the mum-of-four suffered from dementia, but was healthy otherwise.

MacRae had four children, Heather, William, Meredith and Robert, with former 'Oklahoma!' star hubby Gordon MacRae, out of which the latter two have died. (Ani)
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Sheila MacRae, Star of The Honeymooners, Dies at 92

Sheila MacRae, Star of The Honeymooners, Dies at 92
Sheila MacRae, who was best known as Jackie Gleason's wife Alice Kramden on the 1960s revival of The Honeymooners, died on Thursday. She was 92, according to the Los Angeles Times. The actress passed away at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. Her daughter, actress Heather MacRae said that her mother had undergone surgery a few weeks ago and was recovering well and without any complications up until this week. MacRae replaced Audrey Meadows as the highly entertaining housewife of Ralph, the amusing bus driver, from 1966-70 on The Jackie Gleason Show. Born Sheila Stephens in Middlesex County, England on Sept. 24, 10921, she immigrated with her family to the United States during WWII. They...
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Sheila MacRae, Star of The Honeymooners, Dies at 92

Sheila MacRae, Star of The Honeymooners, Dies at 92
Sheila MacRae starred on the Broadway stage and in films, yet it was her small-screen role as the tolerant and brassy wife of a Brooklyn bus driver for which she is most remembered. MacRae, best known for playing Alice Kramden to Jackie Gleason's Ralph in the 1960s recreation of The Honeymooners, died Thursday. She was 92. The actress died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., MacRae's granddaughter Allison Mullavey told the Associated Press on Friday. In the 1950s version of The Honeymooners, Audrey Meadows starred with Gleason as the lovebirds and sparring partners Ralph and Alice.
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Sheila MacRae, The Honeymooners Actress, Dies at the Age of 92

Sheila MacRae, The Honeymooners Actress, Dies at the Age of 92
Sheila MacRae has died at the age of 92, the Associated Press reports. The Broadway vet died at her home in Englewood, N.J. on Thursday, March. 6. "She had a great life, my mom, she really did. She was quite a broad," her daughter, actress Heather MacRae, told AP. "Fascinating, almost like an Autie Mame character." The film and TV actress' death came suddenly, and was the result of old age, Heather continued. She suffered from dementia, but was healthy otherwise. MacRae is best-known for starring with Jackie Gleason [...]
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Sheila MacRae, 'Honeymooners' Actress, Dies At 93

Sheila MacRae, the actress who played Alice Kramden in The Honeymooners TV reboot, died on Friday. She was 93.

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MacRae passed away at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., according to Variety.

From 1966 to 1970, MacRae played Alice – wife to Jackie Gleason’s Ralph Kramden – on The Jackie Gleason Show. MacRae had taken over the role of Alice from Audrey Meadows.

MacRae, who briefly had her own television show, also made TV appearances on I Love Lucy, General Hospital, The Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote. In addition to her acting work, MacRae proved herself to be a talented singer and dancer

In 1941, MacRae married Oklahoma! actor Gordon MacRae, with whom she had four children. Her daughter Meredith MacRae, who starred in Petticoat Junction, predeceased her in 2000 after a battle with brain cancer.

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'Honeymooners' Alice ... Shiela MacRae Dead

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Sheila MacRae -- who played Alice Kramden on "The Honeymooners," has died.  MacRae did not appear in the original episodes in 1955.  She appeared on the wildly popular "Jackie Gleason Show" from 1966 - 1970.  The show recreated "The Honeymooners" in featured segments.The original Alice was played by Audrey Meadows.  She died in 1996.As for MacRae ... she reportedly died in an actor's nursing home in New Jersey.  Sheila was 93 years old.  Read more
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Sheila MacRae, Who Played Alice on ‘The Honeymooners,’ Dies at 93

Sheila MacRae, Who Played Alice on ‘The Honeymooners,’ Dies at 93
Sheila MacRae, a film, TV and stage actress who played Alice Kramden, wife of bus driver Ralph Kramden, on musical-comedy episodes of “The Honeymooners” featured as part of “The Jackie Gleason Show” in the late 1960s, died on March 6 at the Lillian Booth Actor’s Home in Englewood, New Jersey. She was 93.

The sassy Alice Kramden was played by a series of actresses: first Pert Kelton in 1955, then Audrey Meadows and later Sue Ane Langdon before MacRae took over the role opposite Gleason.

On TV, MacRae also played herself in a famous episode of “I Love Lucy,” “The Fashion Show”; briefly had her own series in 1971; appeared on soap “General Hospital” as Madelyn Richmond in 1991; was a series regular on the single-season “Parenthood” in 1990-91; and guested on series including “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Love Boat” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

Born in London, Sheila Margaret Stephens married actor-singer Gordon MacRae
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‘Honeymooners’ Star Sheila MacRae Dead

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‘Honeymooners’ Star Sheila MacRae Dead
Sheila MacRae, who played Alice Kramden in the later years of the pioneering television comedy “The Honeymooners,” has died. She was believed to be 93. An employee at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in New Jersey confirmed MacRae's death. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos) The London-born actress played Ralph Kramden's long-suffering wife on the “Honeymooners” episodes of “The Jackie Gleason Show” from 1966 to 1970. She was one of multiple actresses to play the role, including Audrey Meadows, Pert Kelton and Sue Ane Langdon. MacRae's other television roles included Madelyn Richmond on the soap opera “General Hospital.” Also read: Mary Grace Canfield,
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Celebrating Sheila MacRae's 90th in Song -- a Dynasty Ritual

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Celebrating Sheila MacRae's 90th in Song -- a Dynasty Ritual
The ageless beauty and talent Sheila MacRae will be 90 on Saturday and will be celebrating it with her daughter and my friend, Heather MacRae. Michael Alden, the Broadway producer and Tony Newfield, the actor, also will join in the celebration at the Actor’s Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey. Together they will gather around the baby grand piano and sing showtunes such as “Oklahoma,” “Surrey With the Fringe on the Top,” “If I Loved You” and those wonderful songs made famous by Sheila and her husband Gordon. Heather and Sheila used to sing for my mother
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[TV] The Honeymooners Specials: Second Honeymoon and Valentine

If there has ever been a likeable bus driver in New York, it’s Ralph Kramden of The Honeymooners. I’m a little young to remember this show (okay, a lot young – my parents were kids when it originally aired), but it’s definitely an agreeable oldies sitcom, even if it is in black and white.

In the 1970s, Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney and Jane Kean came together again to reprise their roles in The Honeymooners and film four specials for the show, each an hour long and in Color! Crazy, right? Two of the four specials are being released this week.

The first special is “Second Honeymoon.” In this episode, Ralph Kramden (Gleason) decides to do something really special for his 25th wedding anniversary and remarry his wife, Alice (Meadows). Hijinks ensue when Ralph believes he’s discovered that Alice is pregnant and neighbor/close pal Ed Norton
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[TV] The Honeymooners Specials: Second Honeymoon and Valentine Special

If there has ever been a likeable bus driver in New York, it’s Ralph Kramden of The Honeymooners. I’m a little young to remember this show (okay, a lot young – my parents were kids when it originally aired), but it’s definitely an agreeable oldies sitcom, even if it is in black and white.

In the 1970s, Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney and Jane Kean came together again to reprise their roles in The Honeymooners and film four specials for the show, each an hour long and in Color! Crazy, right? Two of the four specials are being released this week.

The first special is “Second Honeymoon.” In this episode, Ralph Kramden (Gleason) decides to do something really special for his 25th wedding anniversary and remarry his wife, Alice (Meadows). Hijinks ensue when Ralph believes he’s discovered that Alice is pregnant and neighbor/close pal Ed Norton
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Parenthood: NBC Wants a Second Series Based on the Movie -- Will This One Work?

Back in 1989, Ron Howard directed Parenthood, a charming family movie about the extended Buckman clan and the trials and tribulations of raising children. The light-hearted film was a box office success and stars a diverse cast including Steve Martin, Tom Hulce, Rick Moranis, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Martha Plimpton, and Joaquin Phoenix.

NBC decided to try making a Parenthood TV show. The plot was very similar and three actors reprised their suppting roles; Ivyann Schwan, Zachary La Voy, and Max Elliott Slade. The series stars Ed Begley, Jr., Maryedith Burrell, Ken Ober, William Windom, and Jayne Atkinson. Curiously, many of the young and virtually unknown castmembers have gone on to a great amount of success over the years -- David Arquette, Thora Birch, and some guy named Leonardo DiCaprio. Other castmembers include Mary Jackson, Sheila MacRae, Bess Meyer, Susan Norman.

Though the series was
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