Doris Singleton, Actor
Best known as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s neighbor and occasional nemesis Carolyn Appleby on “I Love Lucy,” Doris Singleton died Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 92.
The actress and comedienne recurred on the classic sitcom in 10 episodes from 1953-1957. Singleton then went on to appear alongside Ball on many of her other shows through the years including episodes of “The Lucy Show” and “Here’s Lucy” as well as the 1980 telepic “Lucy Moves to NBC.” The New York native also appeared in many other TV shows, including The Great Gildersleeve, as a series regular on the short-lived 60s series Angel and roles in 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., Dynasty and Days of Our Lives.
Singleton began her life in show business as a featured dancer with the American Ballet Theater in her teens, before moving into a career in radio, where she performed at times with the likes of George Burns & Gracie Allens, Bob Hope and Jack Benny.
Singleton’s husband Charles Isaacs, a comedy writer, director and producer to whom she was married for 61 years, died in 2002