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Shirley Mitchell

Last Surviving 'I Love Lucy' Castmember

DEAD At 94

11/13/2013 2:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Shirley Mitchel
l, the actress who played Marion Strong, Lucy Ricardo's cackling friend on "I Love Lucy" has died.

Mitchell is the last-surviving adult castmember.  She died at age 94 of heart failure in her Westwood condo.

Marion Strong has this distinction -- she set up Lucy and Ricky on their first date.

Mitchell was no stranger to sitcoms.  She also appeared on the hit show, "Bachelor Father," playing John Forsythe's secretary.

Mitchell also played Opal Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies."  She also appeared on "Petticoat Junction."

Mitchell was married to pop composer Jay Livingston, who co-wrote "Mona Lisa," and won an Oscar for best song.

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ABB    

She will always be remembered for taking part in one of the most famous TV shows in history. That's pretty damned cool.

RIP

293 days ago
2.

Wow ...    

RIP!!!!!! My condolences to her family, friends and fans. I was and remain a big fan of the show.

293 days ago
3.

KJD    

Desi Arnez Jr. is still alive.

293 days ago
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Spanky    

RIP. I Love Lucy best show ever!!!!!!

293 days ago
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Eric in L.A.    

Richard Keith aka Keith Thibodeaux aka Little Ricky is still alive. He is 62. I would change your headline.

293 days ago
6.

Derek    

Ae you sure it was heart failure, or did Borat push her off the stage at an awards show?

293 days ago
7.

spacey    

Another actress/actor from a glamorous era is gone. (but the sun will always shine on t.v.)

Thank You for the entertainment!

293 days ago
8.

Dead@27    

She should have tried "Vitametavegamin".

293 days ago
9.

Fozzie    

Seriously, what are the qualifications to be a 'reporter' for TMZ. You don't have college degrees in journalism. I wonder if anyone even has GEDs. Since fact checking is out of the question. She is not the last surviving member Richard Keith is still alive.

293 days ago
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Xianne    

I watch l Love Lucy Every single day . I've seen every episode . FYI Aaron Spelling , tori Spelling dad was in one. Episode

293 days ago
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Xianne    

I watch l Love Lucy Every single day . I've seen every episode . FYI Aaron Spelling , tori Spelling dad was in one. Episode

293 days ago
12.

Marilyn    

There were years I watched every episode studying the brilliant comedy of Lucy.
I Love Lucy.

293 days ago
13.

TMZCrazy    

So sorry to hear this. I thought Doris Singleton, who died last year, had been the last surviving cast member. Thanks, TMZ, for posting this

293 days ago
14.

Brittany    

RIP. FYI Keith Thibodeaux aka little ricky is still alive

293 days ago
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Mary Harding    

She will never be forgotten I still watch I love Lucy! Great comedie. Class act relic show to watch God bless them all!

293 days ago
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