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By David Lefkowitz
Published September 24 2007

  Alice Ghostley

Best known for her television work but also a Tony Award winner and frequent Broadway presence in the 1950s, Alice Ghostley died of colon cancer Friday at age 81.

The actress made her Broadway debut in New Faces of 1952 and last appeared on the Great White Way as a replacement Miss Hannigan in Annie. In between, she was featured in such productions as A Thurber Carnival (1960) and the evening of one-acts, All in One, which showcased the actress in Leonard Bernstein's musical, Trouble in Tahiti. Her Tony win, for Best Featured Actress, came via Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (1964), and Ghostley was also Tony nominated for the S. J. Perelman comedy, The Beauty Part.

Born Aug. 14, 1926 in Missouri, Ghostley played her most famous role on television: the good witch Esmeralda on Bewitched. Two decades later, she was Emmy nominated for her part on the sitcom,Designing Women. She also played the ugly stepsister in the 1957 TV production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella and appeared in the films To Kill a Mockingbird and Grease.


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