Joyce Randolph, 'The Honeymooners' actress, dies at 99

 January 15, 2024

Actress Joyce Randolph, best known for her role in The Honeymooners, has died at the age of 99. 

TMZ reports that Randolph passed away on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, at her home in New York City.

Per the outlet:

Her son tells TMZ ... Joyce passed Saturday at her home in New York City. We're told she died in her sleep. She had been suffering from the effects of old age ... unable to walk. She was in hospice care at the time of her death.

Randolph's passing has been confirmed by her only son, Randy Charles. Charles told Fox News that Randolph died "peacefully in her sleep" after being in home hospice for several months.

The Honeymooners

As stated at the outset, Randolph is most well known for her role in the 1950's sitcom The Honeymooners. There, she played the character Trixie Norton for all 39 episodes of the series.

People magazine reports, "Her character was married to Ed Norton (Art Carney), and the on-screen couple were neighbors to Ralph and Alice Kramden, portrayed by Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows, respectively."

For those unfamiliar with the series, the outlet explains, "The sitcom follows pals Kramden, a bus driver, and Norton, a sewer worker, as they 'struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience' . . ."

The sitcom, which was comedy, debuted in 1955 on CBS, and it ran for one season, which amounted to 39 episodes. It was very popular at the outset, and it is still considered one of the greatest television comedies of all time.

People reports that "Randolph was the last surviving cast member of" The Honeymooners. 

Randolph recalls The Honeymooners

Over the years, Randolph participated in several interviews in which she spoke about The Honeymooners. 

According to USA Today, in one interview, Randolph said that she had "a handful of favorite episodes, including one in which Ed is sleepwalking." Randolph recalled, "And Carney calls out, ‘Thelma?!’ He never knew his wife’s real name."

In another interview with Forbes, Randolph described what it was like working on the set of The Honeymooners.

She said, "The pacing was frantic when we did The Honeymooners.  The script was delivered to my apartment in Manhattan and a few days later we went and did the show live. Jackie was against doing rehearsals. He wanted everything to be spontaneous, which for me was no issue. I never had that many lines, after all."

Prior to The Honeymooners, Randolph worked on Broadway. She also appeared on less-known television shows.

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