Sheila MacRae, the last actress to portray Alice Kramden in “The Honeymooners” skits, dies at 92. Besides her best-known role in acting as Ralph Kramden’s wife, she starred in motion pictures and on the Broadway stages as well, according to People on Saturday.
While Audrey Meadows was featured in the 1950s telecasts of “The Honeymooners,” MacRae was featured on “The Jackie Gleason Show” in the Alice Kramden role from 1966 through 1970. MacRae was the last survivor of the last version of “The Honeymooners” as Gleason, Art Carney who portrayed Ed Norton, and Jane Kean who portrayed Trixie Norton have all passed away previously.
The series ended when “The Jackie Gleason Show” was canceled in 1970, following a disagreement between Gleason and the network as to how the show should be directed. Gleason wanted to continue dropping in “The Honeymooners” skits throughout his variety show’s series, but the network wanted one solid hour of “The Honeymooners.” The show ended when that issue could not be resolved.
MacRae passed away at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey.
“The Honeymooners” starred Jackie Gleason as the bus driver and Macrae’s character’s wife.