Beloved ‘Honeymooners’ Star Joyce Randolph Passes Away at 99
New York City, NY – Joyce Randolph, a veteran stage and television actress recognized for her iconic portrayal of Trixie Norton in the popular 1950s sitcom “The Honeymooners,” has died at the age of 99. Randolph passed away peacefully from natural causes at her Manhattan home.
As the last surviving main character of the beloved comedy, “The Honeymooners,” Randolph’s passing marks the end of an era. The show, which depicted humorous tales of Brooklyn tenement life, featured Randolph alongside Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, Audrey Meadows as Alice, and Art Carney as Ed Norton.
In the series, Randolph’s character, Trixie, served as a delightful foil to her dimwitted TV husband, Ed Norton, and often found solace in her friendship with Alice while commiserating over their husbands’ misadventures.
Originally starting as a recurring sketch on Gleason’s variety show, “The Honeymooners” eventually evolved into a full-fledged series, and Randolph appeared in all 39 episodes. In a 2007 interview, she revealed that she initially received no compensation in residuals for the show but later began receiving royalties for the “lost” episodes.
After leaving the hugely popular show, Randolph chose to focus on marriage and motherhood, ultimately retiring from acting. However, she continued to receive fan mail and remained a recognizable figure amongst patrons at Sardi’s, the famous bar in New York City.
Randolph’s impact on viewers was evident when her son, while in college, was frequently asked if his mother was truly the beloved Trixie. Despite the success of her role, Randolph expressed lamentations about how playing Trixie had limited her career opportunities.
Born Joyce Sirola in Detroit in 1924, Randolph had already enjoyed a successful Broadway career before she joined “The Honeymooners.” Her husband, Richard Lincoln, passed away in 1997.
Throughout her retirement years, Randolph remained engaged with the entertainment industry by attending Broadway openings, participating in fundraisers, and actively supporting the U.S.O.
With her passing, fans and colleagues alike bid farewell to a talented actress whose contribution to television comedy will forever be cherished. Joyce Randolph leaves behind a legacy of laughter and joy.
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