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Sheila MacRae

Sheila MacRae

Actress, singer, dancer
Sheila MacRae
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Quick Facts

Intro Actress, singer, dancer
A.K.A. Sheila Margaret MacRae
Was Actor Singer Dancer Television actor Film actor
From United States of America
Type Dancing Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender female
Birth 24 September 1924, London, UK
Death 6 March 2014, Lillian Booth Actors Home, USA (aged 89 years)
Star sign Libra
Family
Spouse: Gordon MacRae
Children: Meredith MacRaeHeather MacRae
Instruments:
Voice
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Sheila Margaret MacRae (née Stevens; 24 September 1921 – 6 March 2014) was an English-born American actress, singer, and dancer.

Career

MacRae appeared in such films as Caged (1950), Backfire (1950), and Sex and the Single Girl (1964). On television, MacRae played herself in an episode of I Love Lucy, "The Fashion Show", in which she asks Lucy to participate in a Hollywood fashion show organized by Don Loper and featuring actors' wives as models.

In her first continuing role on television, between 1966 and 1970, MacRae played Alice Kramden on 52 episodes of The Jackie Gleason Show, taking over the role from Audrey Meadows. She went on to have her own short-lived television series (The Sheila MacRae Show), and to play Madelyn Richmond on the long-running soap opera General Hospital.

Personal life

Sheila Margaret Stephens was born in London in 1921, but evacuated with her parents to Long Island, New York, in 1939, shortly before the onset of World War II. She finished high school when she was 15.

She married actor and singer Gordon MacRae in 1941; the couple divorced in 1967. They often appeared on the stage together, in musicals such as Bells Are Ringing (in a 1964 production), and Guys and Dolls (as Miss Adelaide, a character that she took to Broadway in the 1965 revival). They were the parents of two daughters, actresses Heather and Meredith MacRae, and two sons, William Gordon MacRae and Robert Bruce MacRae. One of Sheila's four children, Meredith, predeceased her.

She later married Ronald Wayne, a television producer.

MacRae became a naturalized United States citizen on 20 March 1959, in California.

Death

MacRae, a devout Christian Scientist, died suddenly on 6 March 2014, in Englewood, New Jersey, aged 92, at the Lillian Booth Actor's Home. She had suffered from dementia, but was otherwise in good health and had been hospitalized for a minor surgical procedure, when her death came suddenly from natural causes, said her daughter, Heather. She was soon cremated.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 12 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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