Monday, February 17, 2014

‘Green Acres’ Actress Mary Grace Canfield Dies at 89

Mary Grace Canfield (left) with Eva Gabor on “Green Acres.”

She played the inept handywoman Ralph Monroe on the 1960s CBS sitcom.

Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran comic character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the CBS sitcom Green Acres, has died. She was 89.

Her daughter, Phoebe Alexiades, told the Associated Press that Canfield died of lung cancer on Saturday at a hospice in Santa Barbara.

Canfield appeared as the overall-wearing tomboy Ralph on 41 episodes of Green Acres, the fish-out-of-water comedy that starred Eva Gabor and Eddie Albert as rich city folks who move to the country. The show aired from September 1965 until April 1971.

Her character went by Ralph, her brother on the show (Sid Melton) explained, because no one would ever hire a handyman who was a woman. The pair’s work was disastrous.

Monroe always greeted folks in the town of Hootersville with a cheery “Howdy doody.”

Earlier, Canfield had a blind date with Jim Nabors as Gomer Pyle on a 1963 episode of CBS' The Andy Griffith Show and played snooping neighbor Harriet Kravitz on four episodes of the 1960s ABC series Bewitched. She also appeared on such shows as Hazel, The Hathaways, Family and General Hospital.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Canfield had small roles in such films as Polyanna (1960), The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967), Half a House (1975) and Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983).
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