Monday, February 17, 2014

Mary Grace Canfield Dead at 89

If you are in your 40s or 50s (or if you tend to watch the kind of programs you'd find on TVLand) you know who Mary Grace Canfield was, even if you didn't ever know her name. She was Ralph Monroe, half of the construction team on Green Acres. She filled in as Harriet Kravitz on Bewitched, after the actress who played nosy neighbor Gladys, Alice Pearce, died (and before Sandra Gould was hired to replace her). And she turned up in quite a few other places, TVLand places. She had a unique look, one that no one tends to forget. And though she's passed, she has achieved a little bit of immortality, for as long as new generations continue to discover her work. RIP, Mary Grace!


Mary Grace Canfield, who played Ralph Monroe on TV's 'Green Acres,' dies

Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show “Green Acres,” has died. She was 89. Her daughter, Phoebe Alexiades, says Canfield died of lung cancer on Saturday at a hospice in the California coastal town of Santa Barbara. . .

Read more at: Toledo Blade



  1. When I saw her the first time in the show, many, many years ago, I thought she may have been the first gay character in TV. Maybe there others but to me, she seemed like she was gay.

  2. Not an unreasonable assumption. Tomboy, at least! My first gaydar sighting was probably either Miss Hathaway on "The Beverly Hillbillies" or Paul Lynde on "Bewitched."


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