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BOOZY JACKIE GLEASON WAS A LIVING HELL!
http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/boozy-jackie-gleason-was-living-hell ^ | 6/14/2013

Posted on 06/14/2013 12:33:57 PM PDT by Borges

THE HONEYMOONERS cast was a marriage made in Heaven, but Jackie Gleason’s drinking and bizarre habits turned some days into a living hell for his co-stars, reveals Joyce Randolph, the last surviving member of the legendary sitcom’s cast.

“Working with Jackie was the toughest challenge an actress could face,” the 88-year-old, who played Art Carney’s TV wife Trixie Norton, reveals in an exclusive interview at her Manhattan apartment. “You never knew what he’d say or do. He often ad-libbed and you had to think lightning fast to keep the laughs coming.”

The classic show centered onthe antics of Big Apple bus driver Ralph Kramden (Gleason), his sewer worker pal Ed Norton (Carney) and their long-suffering wives Alice Kramden (Audrey Meadows) and Trixie. The program’s 39 episodes ran from 1955 to 1956.

Joyce says she’d break into “cold sweats of fear” because Gleason, who died at age 71 in 1987, had a photographic memory and found the idea of rehearsing “loathsome. He wanted everything fresh and spontaneous. We rehearsed behind his back with someone else reading his part. Performing live with him, we never knew what was going to happen next with him – but we needn’t have worried.

“Jackie hardly looked at the script, and every line came out perfectly. You were always on your toes to keep up with him.”

Joyce says Gleason also was “terribly moody.” He’d be “fun and charming” one day, but the next “he’d be barking out orders as if he hated everyone!”

Tactfully speaking about Gleason’s legendary thirst for alcohol, Joyce says she knew his coffee was often laced with whiskey, which “affected his mood.”

After The Honeymooners, Joyce concentrated on her family. She and her wealthy marketing exec hubby Richard Charles, who died in 1997 at age 74, had one son, Randolph Charles, in 1960.

“Nowadays, I don’t want to play old lady parts,” Joyce says.

“Nor do they make shows like the Honeymooners anymore – so my acting career is definitely over.”

But not a day goes by that she doesn’t think of her costars. “It’s hard to believe I’m the last one left,” says Joyce.

“I get quite tearful when I see re-runs of The Honeymooners. I still remember every line, every joke. It’s still funny all these years later. Jackie Gleason was a comedic genius.”


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1 posted on 06/14/2013 12:33:57 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

2 posted on 06/14/2013 12:34:10 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

One of these days, Alice... one of these days.... TO THE MOON!


3 posted on 06/14/2013 12:38:47 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: Borges

“Trixie is my favorite Honeymooners character” said no one ever.


4 posted on 06/14/2013 12:38:56 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Borges
I was too young to watch "The Honeymooners" and when I later caught episodes it didn't appeal to me much.

As far as this little girl is concerned, he was BORN to play this role:

"My name is Sheriff Buford T. Justice and I am in HIGH SPEED PURSUIT !"

5 posted on 06/14/2013 12:39:41 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: Borges

Alice and Norton were the stars of that show.Ralph was OK but only as the butt of the great lines from the real stars.


6 posted on 06/14/2013 12:39:56 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: massgopguy

“Mmmmmmmmm, that’s good coffee!”


7 posted on 06/14/2013 12:40:15 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Borges

8 posted on 06/14/2013 12:41:27 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Borges

Maybe this was the Glenn Beck Scoop?


9 posted on 06/14/2013 12:41:49 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Borges

Then there’s the long-standing rumor that Nixon?? took him into a room at Edwards AFB and showed him alien bodies...


10 posted on 06/14/2013 12:42:37 PM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: Lizavetta
I was too young to watch "The Honeymooners" and when I later caught episodes it didn't appeal to me much.

There are some shows geared toward men and others toward women.The Honeymooners is an example of the former.The Stooges and Married With Children are two others.It's understandable,to me at least,that you might not be impressed.

11 posted on 06/14/2013 12:43:06 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: Borges

12 posted on 06/14/2013 12:44:45 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Lizavetta

Sumbeech...


13 posted on 06/14/2013 12:45:31 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Dang, you’re fast!


14 posted on 06/14/2013 12:45:33 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Borges

Joyce should write a book about her harrowing experiences with the Great One.

No one would buy it.


15 posted on 06/14/2013 12:47:28 PM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Borges

I used to love the Jackie Gleason Show. Crazy Guggenheim, The Poor Soul and young and upcoming comedians who are legends today.

They don’t make variety shows like that anymore.


16 posted on 06/14/2013 12:47:37 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: Borges

-— “I get quite tearful when I see re-runs of The Honeymooners. I still remember every line, every joke. It’s still funny all these years later. ——

Awwww...

The Honeymooners had heart, unlike so many mean-spirited shows today.

Trixie, you’re the greatest.

On another note, Art Carney was the greatest slapstick comedian of all time, although “Kramer” is a close second. Whaddaya say, Ralphie boy?


17 posted on 06/14/2013 12:49:09 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Gay State Conservative

He was a man of many talents! Played so many roles, but was a fantastic musician, arranger, composer and band leader. I suspect he handled much of the finances and promotion.

In some ways Steve Allen came close.


18 posted on 06/14/2013 12:50:40 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Tea Party, Constitution, patriot, DOMA, NRA, pro-life...can you hear me now big ears?)
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To: Borges

so....the National Enquirer sends someone around to pester an 88 year old woman about somebody she worked with six decades ago, and after some prodding she says some mildly critical things about the man (who is LONG DEAD) which allows them to run a SCREAMING HEADLINE that he was a BOOZER FROM HELL?

What absolute human scumbags!


19 posted on 06/14/2013 12:51:14 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

How much you wanna bet they voted for Obummer?


20 posted on 06/14/2013 12:52:00 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Paisan

That is THE great tragedy!


21 posted on 06/14/2013 12:52:28 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Tea Party, Constitution, patriot, DOMA, NRA, pro-life...can you hear me now big ears?)
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To: prisoner6
Played so many roles, but was a fantastic musician, arranger, composer and band leader.

I'm only commenting about the Honeymooners.I know nothing of his other interests but have heard of his band leader work so it's obvious that at least some people (if not many) thought he did well,as do you.

22 posted on 06/14/2013 12:53:54 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
On another note, Art Carney was the greatest slapstick comedian of all time,

He was exceptional. I cannot forget the way he loosened up his hands to play the opening measure of Old Folks at Home when Ralph was going on the $99,000 Answer, or his stint as the Chef of the Past. Good stuff.
23 posted on 06/14/2013 12:54:18 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Dr. Sivana; St_Thomas_Aquinas

He was also a D-Day vet.


24 posted on 06/14/2013 12:56:40 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Gay State Conservative
I know nothing of his other interests but have heard of his band leader work so it's obvious that at least some people (if not many) thought he did well,as do you.

He had a series of "mood music" albums, where he would hum or sing the basic tune, and have composers flesh out the arrangements (Gleason couldn't read music). Those albums made him a fortune. Gleason's personall life has been well documented, so this is not breaking news, and Randolph says nothing that is not already very public knowledge.
25 posted on 06/14/2013 12:57:19 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: djf
Then there’s the long-standing rumor that Nixon?? took him into a room at Edwards AFB and showed him alien bodies...

It's true, it's true. Except in those days they were called wetbacks, and you could eat Fritos and still snicker. This was in the days before someone shot Mary Rose Wilcox, Maricopa County Senora and county board of supervisors member, in her buttocks grandissimo.
26 posted on 06/14/2013 12:57:37 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Paisan
They don’t make variety shows like that anymore.

And don't forget the June Taylor dancers.
27 posted on 06/14/2013 12:58:16 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Jackie Gleason produced, directed, collaborated on the writing, and even created the famous theme music for the show. He allowed his two principal costars to shine and himself played the braggart, the fool, the tightwad, and the frustrated working class stiff whose idiot friend and upstairs neighbor Norton and his wife Trixie seemed to have all the comforts of (1950's) modern apartment living, or as you put it the "butt" of all those great lines.
28 posted on 06/14/2013 12:58:21 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Leonard Stern was one of the writers... went on to produce some real classics.


29 posted on 06/14/2013 12:58:36 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Borges

Knocking the Great One when he’s long gone? Meh.


30 posted on 06/14/2013 12:59:30 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: Borges
I only remember the good times, and forget the rest.
Plenty of time to rest, after.
31 posted on 06/14/2013 12:59:48 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Vendome
Alabama State Trooper: "Did you see that? They went right through our roadblock!"

Justice: "You sumbitches couldn't close an umbrella."

32 posted on 06/14/2013 1:01:48 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: LibWhacker
Dang, you’re fast!


33 posted on 06/14/2013 1:01:58 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: massgopguy
“Mmmmmmmmm, that’s good coffee!”

Actually, didn't he take a sip then say "woooooaaahh or wooooowwww?

34 posted on 06/14/2013 1:02:34 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rats vs. GOPe = Same train, different speed.)
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To: Borges

This tabloid headline is misleading, isn’t it? Joyce Randolph pretty much praises Gleason in the article.


35 posted on 06/14/2013 1:03:25 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: ArmstedFragg

Trivia: The Honeymooners was created Gleason with a writer named Harry Crane who’s daughter later adopted a one day old who grew up to be Melissa Gilbert.


36 posted on 06/14/2013 1:04:35 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Dr. Sivana

Yes I forgot about that. He was like...the Italian composer in the spaghetti westerns who couldn’t read music so worked with musicians who could put his ideas on paper.

It also ocvurs to me it has been reported many times he was a heavy drinker and womanizer. Wasn’t there a scandal or bruhaha over JG and the June Taylor Dancers?


37 posted on 06/14/2013 1:06:18 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Tea Party, Constitution, patriot, DOMA, NRA, pro-life...can you hear me now big ears?)
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To: katana

I loved Ralph and Alice’s kitchen! Grease on the walls, dirty pots and pans. It was done on purpose to make those of us in similar situations bond with the characters and aspire to better things.


38 posted on 06/14/2013 1:09:41 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Tea Party, Constitution, patriot, DOMA, NRA, pro-life...can you hear me now big ears?)
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To: Jack Hydrazine; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

39 posted on 06/14/2013 1:09:47 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas; JoeProBono; Slings and Arrows
On another note, Art Carney was the greatest slapstick comedian of all time, although “Kramer” is a close second. Whaddaya say, Ralphie boy?

Well, Red Skelton and Peter Lorre COULD'VE carried the show...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM115YSMxqQ

40 posted on 06/14/2013 1:12:35 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Lizavetta

A bit off topic, sorry, but your post reminded me of these movies.

If you haven’t seen “Harry and Tonto” or “Going in Style” with Art Carney, do check them out.

Both are classics!!


41 posted on 06/14/2013 1:13:03 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rats vs. GOPe = Same train, different speed.)
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To: Borges

ping ping... ah the good-ol days


42 posted on 06/14/2013 1:14:56 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are direcFisher House' insttly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: massgopguy

The character was hardly ever seen. I’m surprised she considered it a full time job.


43 posted on 06/14/2013 1:17:45 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Lizavetta

Rumor has it he only took the part because he thought that Burt Reynolds would be fun to drink with.


44 posted on 06/14/2013 1:17:51 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: prisoner6

I watch the reruns and look at that dingy little apartment with hardly any creature comforts. And then laugh when I realize the average Pittsburgh bus driver makes close to six-figs by milking union OT rules and then retires in his early 50’s with full pension and healthcare.


45 posted on 06/14/2013 1:26:29 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Jack Hydrazine

OMG..now that’s funny! :-)


46 posted on 06/14/2013 1:30:11 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Borges

Thanks! Now instead of doing what I should be doing I’m watching the show on YouTube. Netflix gave me no results!


47 posted on 06/14/2013 1:34:19 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Tea Party, Constitution, patriot, DOMA, NRA, pro-life...can you hear me now big ears?)
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To: DManA

She didn’t even appear in 7 of the 39 episodes.


48 posted on 06/14/2013 1:35:43 PM PDT by Borges
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To: djf

I heard that too and apparently he was never right again after that.


49 posted on 06/14/2013 1:37:55 PM PDT by goldi
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To: Lizavetta

“There is no way, no way, that you could come from my loins.
Whey I get home, I’m goin to punch your momma in the mouth”.

classic.


50 posted on 06/14/2013 1:38:04 PM PDT by Texas resident (Watch the other hand.)
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