Marguerite Gordon, a friend of actress Kaye Ballard who starred in the 1960’s television show with Eve Arden “The Mother-In-Law,” reported Ballard died on January 21, 2019, from kidney cancer. She was 93 years old.
According to the Desert Sun, she had recently been observed at a screening of the documentary “Kay Ballard: The Show Goes On,” at the Palm Springs Film Festive. Soon after, she became ill.
Ballard had a vast career on Broadway, movies, and television. Despite all of her accomplishments, she would forever be known for her role with Arden on the sitcom “The Mothers-In-Law.” The series aired on NBC from 1967-69 and was syndicated.
The New York Times in 2010 wrote that the caricature role of a loud Italian the actress depicted in “The Mother-In-Law” typecasted her for the rest of her career.
After the “Mothers-In-Law” ended, she continued to work on television shows, and also performed in cabaret and theater.
Ballard played Angie Pallucci from 1970-72 on “The Doris Day Show” opposite Bernie Kopell.
She played Vivian Proclo in the 1976 film adaptation of the Broadway Show “The Ritz,” which also starred Jerry Stiller, Rita Moreno, and Jack Weston.
In 1976 she was in the movie “Freaky Friday” as Coach Betsy featuring Jodie Foster.
Ballard also had guest roles on “The Love Boat,” “Alice,” and “Love, American Style.” In 1983 she appeared in PBS’ “Alice in Wonderland” as the Duchess.
In 1990 she returned to television in the series “What A Dummy,” but it only lasted one season. Ballard’s last movie was in “The Million Dollar Kid” starring Richard Thomas which was released in 2000.
Ballard lived the rest of her life in a home in Rancho Mirage, California which was once owned by Desi Arnez. Ballard bought it from him after she resided there while filming “The Mothers-In-Law.” Arnaz’ production company produced the show. The street where Ballard had lived for so many years was renamed, Kaye Ballard Lane.
Written By Barbara Sobel
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