Kaye Ballard Dies at Age 93

Created on Jan 23, 2019 by Daniel Pinna

Kaye Ballard, born Catherine Gloria Balotta on November 20, 1925 in Cleveland Ohio, was an actress, singer, and comedian.

Appearing on stage, in films, and on television (most memorably with Eve Arden in the 1960's show "The Mothers-in-Law"), she entertained generations of audiences.

This clip is from the 1957 tv special "Cinderella" where Ms. Ballard played one of the "wicked step-sisters" and Alice Ghostley played the other.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella

As you can tell, both Kaye Ballard and Alice Ghostley were very funny women. Julie Andrews played Cinderella. Interestingly, it was the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written just for television. Two later versions were made for tv - one in 1965 (Leslie Ann Warren was Cinderella) and one in 1997 (Brandy played Cinderella).

About Kaye Ballard Born in Cleveland Ohio of immigrant Italian parents, Catherine was the second of four children. Her career took off in the 1940's, when she began as a musical comedian with the Spike Jones tour. She went on to perform in every venue: stage, movies, and television, until she announced her retirement in 2015 at age 89.

She died of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, California on January 21st, 2019 at the age of 93. She never married or had children.

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