"The Honeymooners" star Joyce Randolph passes away at 99

 January 15, 2024

Americans were left saddened this past weekend after learning that iconic actress Joyce Randolph had passed away at the age of 99.

As Fox News pointed out, Randolph was best known for portraying Trixie Norton on "The Honeymooners" and was the show's last surviving cast member. 

Randolph appeared alongside Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, and Art Carney

According to the network, Randolph's death was confirmed by her only son Randy Charles, who explained that his mother passed "peacefully in her sleep" at her New York City home.

Randolph appeared alongside Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows, who played bus driver Ralph Kramden and his homemaker wife Alice Kramden.

First airing in 1955, the show focused on Ralph and Alice's tumultuous marriage and has been credited with helping to inspire "The Flintstones."

Meanwhile, Randolph's character was married to Ralph's best friend, Ed Norton, a sewer worker who was played by comedian Art Carney.

Son calls Randolph "a wonderful mom and loving wife"

Charles told Fox News that while his mother made multiple appearances on live television productions, recordings of them have since been lost.

"She joked that often she'd play the part of the young woman who ended up as the corpse in the murder mystery. So they used to call her the ‘most murdered girl’ on television," he said.

"In addition to being a wonderful actress, she was a wonderful mom and loving wife," Randolph's son went on to stress.

Charles noted that his mother married his father, Richard Lincoln Charles, a day after "The Honeymooners" first went on the air and remained with until his death in 1997.

Randolph said that shooting "The Honeymooners" was often a "frantic" experience

In an article published on Randolph's 97th birthday, Forbes contributor Marc Berman quoted her as saying that shooting "The Honeymooners" was a "frantic" experience.

"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," she said.

"He wanted everything to be spontaneous, which for me was no issue. I never had that many lines, after all. But it was a much bigger deal for Art (Carney) and Audrey (Meadows)," the actress added.

Tributes to Randolph quickly appeared on social media, including from actor James Woods, who called her "a one-woman acting class in deadpan comedy" who could "go toe-to-toe with Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, and Audrey Meadows without blinking."

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