The role of Trixie Norton in the American comedy series The Honeymooners brought the greatest fame to American actress Joyce Randolph (born Sirola; October 21, 1924 – January 13, 2024).
Randolph, who was of Finnish ancestry, was born on October 21, 1924, in Detroit, Michigan. She was an actor with the Wayne University Workshop when she was a teenager. Her career in retail sales began in Detroit’s Saks Fifth Avenue after she graduated from high school.
She tried out for a role with Stage Door’s touring company in Detroit, received the position, and continued performing with them throughout the tour. To pursue a career in acting, she relocated to New York City in 1943. She has a number of successful acting roles on television and Broadway.
Joyce Randolph Obituary
Joyce Randolph, who gained popularity as Trixie Norton in the beloved classic sitcom “The Honeymooners,” passed away on Sunday, 13 January 2024. Joyce was 99 years old.
According to a statement sent to CBS News by her son Randolph Charles, Randolph passed away on Saturday night. The 1950s sitcom, starring Broadway and television actress Audrey Meadows, followed the humorous exploits of Jackie Gleason’s character, New York City bus driver Ralph Kramden, and his wife Alice.
Daria Gematria Nerd shared a post on Twitter:
RIP to Joyce Randolph, known as “Trixie Norton,” from The Honeymooners died at 99. Her death comes before Lions vs Rams game. Joyce was from Detroit.
She died 85 days after her birthday.
National Football League=85
Detroit’s record vs the Rams is 40-46-1
Trixie=40 & 41
— Daria Gematria Nerd (@DariaMorgandor4) January 14, 2024
Randolph portrayed Art Carney’s Trixie as the spouse of Ed Norton, Ralph’s closest buddy. She was the final member of the original cast to be still alive. “The Honeymooners” began airing on CBS as filmed productions in 1955, after first appearing as a recurring segment on Gleason’s live variety TV show.
Despite the fact that just 39 episodes were produced, the characters returned for Gleason’s 1960s variety program, which ran on American television screens until 1970 and is still in syndication today. Randolph wed businessman Richard Lincoln Charles in 1955; Charles passed away in 1997 at the age of 74.
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Gleason took a shine to Randolph when he saw her in a Clorets gum advertisement in 1951. He went on to feature her in Cavalcade of Stars, his variety program and eventually cast her as Trixie in The Honeymooners.
“Every situation human beings can have is in one of these shows,” longtime admirer Matthew Broderick stated in a conversation about the sitcom with The New York Times. “From these four characters springs everything,” he added.
Broderick also offered his assessment of the late actress, saying, “You would think that Trixie Norton would be some kind of battle-ax in person, but Joyce is so elegant and thin and pretty.” Broderick had met Randolph before the newspaper’s 2007 story.
She also made a brief appearance as an unidentified dog walker in the 2000 movie Everything’s Jake, as well as a single episode of the early medical drama The Doctors and the Nurses in 1964. Her son Randy, from her marriage to marketing professional Richard Lincoln Charles, who passed away in 1997, is her only surviving child.