Doris Singleton, Neighbor of Lucy and Ricky on 'I Love Lucy,' Dies at 92
Actress Doris Singleton, best known as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s neighbor and occasional nemesis Carolyn Appleby on I Love Lucy, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 92.
Singleton met I Love Lucy star Lucille Ball before a performance of My Favorite Husband, the radio show that preceded I Love Lucy. She appeared in 10 episodes of the 1951-57 sitcom — including the classic with guest star Harpo Marx and Ball mimicking each other's moves as in a mirror — as the wife of a radio station owner played by Hy Averback.
"Harpo played a concert for us afterward," Singleton recalled in a 2005 interview with the Archive of American Television. "I loved [doing that episode] because I was one of the blondes he was chasing!"
Singleton would go on to appear alongside Ball on many of her other shows through the years.
In another memorable TV moment, Singleton played the sequestered hotel roommate of Jean Stapleton's character in the 1971 All in the Family episode "Edith has Jury Duty."
A native of New York City, Singleton appeared on many other TV shows, including as a regular on 1955's The Great Gildersleeve and 1960-61's Angel and roles in Adventures of Superman, Hogan's Heroes, My Three Sons (amazingly, as two recurring characters), Hazel, The Munsters, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Fugitive, The F.B.I., Marcus Welby, M.D., Phyllis, Days of Our Lives and Dynasty.
Singleton began her show business career as a teen dancer with the American Ballet Theater and as a vocalist with bandleader Art Jarrett in the late 1930s. She worked with George Burns & Gracie Allen, Bob Hope and Jack Benny in radio.
Singleton was married to comedy writer Charles Isaacs for 61 years until his death in 2002.