Alice Ghostley

Alice Ghostley, the stage and television actress whose sweetly befuddled face was familiar to millions, died Sept. 21, 2007, at her home in Studio City, CA. Her age was variously given as 81 and 83. Diminutive with small eyes and a pixieish haircut, Ms. Ghostley was an expert at playing dim or eccentric characters who throw straight arrows off balance with a mix of retiring sweetness, wacky logic and bold opinion. She was Esmeralda, the inept witch on the 1960s sitcom "Bewitched," and oddball neighbor Bernice on the 1980s comedy "Designing Women." She made appearances on dozens of other television shows, including "Evening Shade" and "Love, American Style," employing her trademark quavering voice, which lent added comic spin to her punchlines.

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  • Born: Aug 14, 1924 in Vernon County, Missouri
  • Death: Sep 21, 2007 in Studio City, California


Tony Award
1965 Featured Actress in a Play The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window Winner
1963 Featured Actress in a Play The Beauty Part Nominee