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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
breaking news

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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Lucille Ball faked her death and is still living.

341 days ago


She's 101.

341 days ago


Sorry to hear the lady died. However... look at IMDB for this show. This woman appeared in just 3 episodes of the show. If you look at names who appeared in more episodes than she did... several are alive. The 3 actors of Little Ricky Ricardo... Joseph A. Mayer 32 episodes, Michael Mayer 32 episodes, Richard Keith 24 episodes. That is just a few I looked at. There are 45 actors that appeared in more episodes than her. Just do the research. The headline is lie. Outright Lie.

341 days ago


Meant Joyce Randolph................

341 days ago


WRONG, Joyce Randolf is still with us. Get the record straight.

341 days ago

RJ Marshall    

OK, guys, granted an editor's error. Lots of websites are run on the same production template as newspapers. Copywriters check the body of the story and an editor chooses the headline. Must have been an editor to pick the headline. Ugh.

341 days ago


So little Ricky, who was in 56 total episodes (32 played by the Mayer twins and 24 played by Richard Keith all 3 of whom are still alive) doesn't count as a cast member, but someone who was in 3 episodes and no one remembers her even being in it is said to be the last surviving cast member??? You people at TMZ certainly know how word a headline to get attention.

341 days ago


Little Ricky is still alive. So she really was not the last living cast member.

341 days ago


Little Ricky is still alive. So she really was not the last living cast member.

341 days ago


To all those who are quick to correct this article on the last surviving cast member of the I Love Lucy TV show. Please note they said last surviving "adult" cast member. Desi Arnez Jr and Richard Keith are in fact still alive, but were not adults when the show was made.

341 days ago


Not true!

Wasn't Ball's child, Desi Arnaz, Jr., considered a cast member of the show?

He is still alive at the age of 60 years.

341 days ago


all of these people, stating check your facts. Note: the article says the last-surviving ADULT,
i.e. that doesn't count the child (little Ricky).

341 days ago


Keep in mind that this show has been on TV for almost 70 years!!!! Funny is still funny no matter what year it is. I'm 31 and would rather watch I Love Lucy than any crap on tv. She was a great character on the show. "Marion stop cackling, I've been waiting for years for you to lay that egg!" Lol

341 days ago


She performed during TV's greatest hour. Performances that will live in the memories of her generation to the last person. Bon Voyage Shirl.

341 days ago


Dezi JR did not have a recurring role in I LOVE LUCY Another boy played little ricky

340 days ago
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