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Doris Singleton Dead: 'I Love Lucy' Actress Dies At 92

06/28/2012 12:11 pm 12:11:36 | Updated Jun 29, 2012

Actress Doris Singleton, best known for playing Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s neighbor Carolyn Appleby on the iconic 1950s sitcom "I Love Lucy," has died, reports People magazine. She was 92.

Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, confirmed Singleton's death in a statement on her Facebook page, People says, noting its timing with the death of flimmaker Nora Ephron earlier this week.

Singleton appeared in 10 episodes of the 1951 to 1957 sitcom after meeting the show's star, Lucille Ball, before a performance of "My Favorite Husband," the radio show that preceded "I Love Lucy," The Hollywood Reporter notes. Ball invited Singleton to join the show a few years after they met, casting her as the wife of a radio station owner played by Hy Averback.

Trained as a vocalist and ballet dancer, Brooklyn-born Dorothea Singleton performed with the American Ballet Theater and the Art Jarrett's orchestra in the late 1930s, before launching into a career in radio and television. In addition to her appearances on "I Love Lucy" and several of Ball's spin-off shows, Singleton also made appearances on programs including "Adventures of Superman," "The Loretta Young Show," "The Great Gildersleeve," "The Bob Hope Show" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."

Singleton's husband Charles Isaacs, a comedy writer, director and producer to whom she was married for 61 years, died in 2002.

In a 2005 interview with the Archive of American Television, Singleton recalled her first TV appearance and the classic episode of "I Love Lucy" with guest star Harpo Marx.

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