Doris Singleton, the I Love Lucy actress who played Lucy’s neighbor and frenemy Carolyn Appleby has passed away at the age of 92. The actresses death was confirmed by Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
On her Facebook page Arnaz wrote:
“A day of saying hasta luego to two great ladies, Nora Ephron and Doris Singleton. May they both fly swiftly heavenward and enjoy a blissful rest for jobs well done down here. They were loved and appreciated and will be missed.”
Singleton’s character on I Love Lucy competed against Lucy on the show by bragging about her son Stevie which forced Lucy to brad about “Little Ricky.”
Speaking in a 2005 interview Singleton explained of her time on the show and Lucille Ball:
“She was nice to me, and she really liked my work. If she didn’t like you, you didn’t come back.”
The actress appeared on the show 10 times from 1953 to 1957 and she also held appearances on Ball’s future TV shows. Her other performances included the sequestered hotel roommate of Edith Bunker on All in the Family during the episode titled “Edith Has Jury Duty.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter Singleton also had appearances on Adventures of Superman, Hogan’s Heroes, My Three Sons, Hazel, The Munsters, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Fugitive, The F.B.I., Marcus Welby, M.D., Phyllis, Days of Our Lives and Dynasty.
Singleton’s husband of 61 years Charles Isaacs passed away in 2002.
Our condolences go out to Doris Singleton’s family and friends.