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'I Love Lucy' guest star Shirley Mitchell dies at 94

Shirley Mitchell, who appeared in three episodes of I Love Lucy in its 1953-54 season, died of heart failure on Monday. She was 94.

Mitchell played Marion Strong on I Love Lucy, a friend of Lucy’s who was easily identified by her cackle. She was believed to be the last surviving cast member from the show.

You might also recognize Mitchell from her work on The Odd Couple, Three’s Company, Dallas, or The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, along with a number of other shows. Her film career included Jamboree, Big Business, The War of the Roses, and more.

Mitchell was the widow of pop composer Jay Livingston and is survived by her sister-in-law and two children, Scott and Brooke.

Bill Asher, director of 'I Love Lucy and 'Bewitched,' dies at 90

The director and producer behind the television classics I Love Lucy and Bewitched has died. Bill Asher was 90. His wife, Meredith, says he died Monday at a facility in Palm Desert, Calif., of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Asher was best known for his work on I Love Lucy, where he directed Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz for 100 of the show’s 181 episodes between 1952 and 1957. He also produced and directed The Patty Duke Show and Bewitched, which starred his then-wife Elizabeth Montgomery. Montgomery and Asher had three children together.

Asher brought Sally Field to TV screens in Gidget, and took the same sensibility to movies as director of the teen romps Beach Blanket Bingo and Beach Party, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.

'I Love Lucy' actress Doris Singleton dies at 92

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Actress Doris Singleton died Tuesday in Los Angeles, reports Variety. She was 92.

Singleton is best known for her recurring role as Carolyn Appleby — Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s over-zealous neighbor — on I Love Lucy. She appeared on the sitcom 10 times between 1953 and 1957.

”A day of saying hasta luego to two great ladies, Nora Ephron and Doris Singleton,” Lucie Arnaz, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s daughter, wrote on her Facebook page. “May they both fly swiftly heavenward and enjoy a blissful rest for jobs well done down here. They were loved and appreciated and will be missed.”

The comedienne also appeared on Ball’s later TV shows, as well as All in the Family, Hogan’s Heroes, My Three Sons, The Munsters, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Days of Our Lives, and Dynasty, among others.

Before she hit the small screen, Singleton danced with the American Ballet Theater and sang with bandleader Art Jarrett. She later lent her voice to radio, appearing with George Burns and Gracie Allen, Bob Hope, and Jack Benny.

Singleton’s husband of 61 years, Charles Isaacs, a comedy writer, director and producer, died in 2002.

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