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Mary Grace Canfield dies at 89; character actress was on 'Green Acres'
la times ^ | february 18, 2014 | steve chawkins

Posted on 02/18/2014 2:10:08 AM PST by lowbridge

Mary Grace Canfield, a character actress best known as part of the daffy Ralph-and-Alf brother-sister carpenter team on the TV comedy "Green Acres," died Saturday in a Santa Barbara hospice. She was 89.

The cause was lung cancer, her daughter Phoebe Alexiades said.

On "Green Acres," Canfield was Ralph Monroe, who, with her brother Alf, was perennially working on the bedroom of a city slicker couple (Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor) at their newly acquired farm near Hooterville. She was a down-home gal in bib overalls and a white painter's cap worn backward, a funny, plain-spoken woman doing "man's work" before feminism made the term quaint.

The show ran from 1965 to 1971. Looking back at it, Canfield had mixed feelings.

"To be remembered for Ralph kind of upsets me — only in the sense that it was so easy and undemanding," she said in a 2006 interview with the Bangor Daily News in Maine, where she lived for many years. "It's being known for something easy to do instead of something you worked hard to achieve."

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: greenacres; hollywood; obituary

1 posted on 02/18/2014 2:10:08 AM PST by lowbridge
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2 posted on 02/18/2014 2:16:24 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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3 posted on 02/18/2014 2:18:41 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: lowbridge

They never got around to fixing much of anything . Talk about a walk in and out closet. Just saw the episode when she & Hank Kimball got married :)


4 posted on 02/18/2014 2:24:08 AM PST by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now on twitter @RealSMG)
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To: lowbridge

Also played the part of Thelma Lou’s cousin Mary Grace in an Andy Griffith episode.

Barney: “She’s a DOG!”


5 posted on 02/18/2014 2:26:01 AM PST by abb
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To: lowbridge

I think this leaves Tom Lester (”Eb Dawson”) as the only surviving cast member from “Green Acres.”


6 posted on 02/18/2014 2:33:37 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: abb
"Andy, if you flew a quail through this room, every woman would point."

(different episode, but great line)

7 posted on 02/18/2014 2:41:51 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: lowbridge

Eddie Albert was 99 when he died in 2005. Heck of a good run.


8 posted on 02/18/2014 2:46:54 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: GreenHornet

You are right, he is the last one left, and I suspect Arnold Ziffel was long ago invited to someone’s dinner, not as the guest of honor, but as the main course.


9 posted on 02/18/2014 2:53:55 AM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: lowbridge

>>a funny, plain-spoken woman doing “man’s work” before feminism made the term quaint.

All In the Family would later feature a next door neighbor couple, Frank and Irene Lorenzo (Betty Garrett and Vincent Gardenia); Irene was a bit of a handy-woman who’d fix things at the Bunker house while her husband was first portrayed as a house-husband but also Wiki. says he was a salesman, too.


10 posted on 02/18/2014 3:11:07 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: lowbridge
RIP Ralphie...

They don't make shows like 'Green Acres' anymore. If the libs in Hollywood made a remake of 'Green Acres', you'd have Ralpie as a lesbian and Haney as a Tea Party member.

11 posted on 02/18/2014 3:16:16 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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To: lowbridge

Paul Henning’s three shows: Beverly Hillbilly’s, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres, were all classics.


12 posted on 02/18/2014 3:22:41 AM PST by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: lowbridge

I think she was also the first Mrs. Crabitz on Bewitched. The busybody that lived across the street LOL.


13 posted on 02/18/2014 3:23:59 AM PST by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: cva66snipe

No , she acted in only 4 episodes as Mrs. Kravitz’s sister after the original Mrs. K actress passed away .


14 posted on 02/18/2014 3:28:09 AM PST by sushiman
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Oh OK thanks I just remembered her being on the show. Green Acres was one of my favorites. The house reminded me of an old house I owned and lived in years ago LOL.
15 posted on 02/18/2014 3:34:45 AM PST by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: lowbridge

Also loved her as the cranky maid in Pollyanna. Eventually, she comes around to loving Pollyanna as well. She was always a terrifically funny actress.


16 posted on 02/18/2014 3:39:38 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: lowbridge

RIP, she was always very funny on that show. One of the more sane characters iirc.


17 posted on 02/18/2014 5:31:46 AM PST by jocon307
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18 posted on 02/18/2014 5:33:39 AM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: onedoug; stylecouncilor

ping


19 posted on 02/18/2014 6:28:46 AM PST by windcliff
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To: windcliff

Great ones going.

RIP


20 posted on 02/18/2014 6:44:55 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Mark17
I suspect Arnold Ziffel was long ago invited to someone’s dinner, not as the guest of honor, but as the main course.

A few years ago, I saw a program about "Urban Legends" involving movies and TV shows. There was an urban legend that Arnold was eaten at a farewell barbecue that was held for the cast when the series wrapped. Not true. (Arnold was played by a number of pigs during the series' run.)

21 posted on 02/18/2014 8:15:32 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: iowamark

They cancelled these shows and others purposely, in what’s known as the rural purge, so they could start putting on propaganda by Norman Lear and others.

It had a huge hand in doing our nation in.


22 posted on 02/18/2014 9:24:11 AM PST by ifinnegan
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To: lowbridge

RIP.


23 posted on 02/18/2014 10:32:26 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: GreenHornet
(Arnold was played by a number of pigs during the series' run.)

That is probably true, but I never noticed the difference, so do you think it would be racist against pigs if I said they all look the same to me?

24 posted on 02/18/2014 2:20:49 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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(Arnold was played by a number of pigs during the series' run.)

That is probably true, but I never noticed the difference, so do you think it would be racist against pigs if I said they all look the same to me?

Possibly. Some on the left might accuse you of being swine-ophobic.

25 posted on 02/18/2014 3:40:52 PM PST by GreenHornet
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Possibly. Some on the left might accuse you of being swine-ophobic.

LOL, swine-phobic huh? You just coined a new slogan. I like it.

26 posted on 02/18/2014 6:23:53 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Yo-Yo

I recognize her face but would never have known her name.

RIP.


27 posted on 02/18/2014 6:26:00 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: SMGFan

I love Hank Kimball. He’s the perfect government bureaucrat.


28 posted on 02/18/2014 6:28:31 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: lowbridge
"To be remembered for Ralph kind of upsets me — only in the sense that it was so easy and undemanding," she said in a 2006 interview with the Bangor Daily News in Maine, where she lived for many years. "It's being known for something easy to do instead of something you worked hard to achieve."

Imagine how Jim Varney felt. Now that fellow had real talent.

29 posted on 02/18/2014 6:37:41 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: lowbridge

I remember her on a show about monkeys


30 posted on 02/18/2014 6:45:31 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Ken H

“Oh...for... the...love...of...” Every time he was frustrated and issued that look or verbal response on this series, it never got old.


31 posted on 02/19/2014 6:33:46 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: sushiman
No , she acted in only 4 episodes as Mrs. Kravitz’s sister after the original Mrs. K actress passed away.

After Alice Pearce, the original "Gladys Kravitz" passed away, they needed someone to temporarily fill in until they could find a new actress for the role (which went to Sandra Gould.) Mary Grace Canfield played Abner Kravitz' sister, Harriet Kravitz, who was staying with him while Gladys was "out of town." (Back then, very few sitcom characters died - they always went "out of town.")

32 posted on 02/19/2014 8:51:15 AM PST by GreenHornet
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