We would like to take a few moments to acknowledge the passing Doris Singleton. Ms. Singleton is remembered best for her successful television career, especially her role as Lucy and Ricky’s neighbor on I Love Lucy. Her other small screen roles were usually guest spots on shows like Hogan’s Heroes, My Three Sons, and Marcus Welby, MD, as well as a recurring role on the 1955 TV version of The Great Gildersleeve.
Doris was a native of New York City, and got her show biz start with the Ballet Theatre (later the American Ballet Theatre) in the mid 30s before becoming a vocalist for Art Jarrett’s Orchestra. By the end of the decade, her distinctive voice became popular on the radio. She became a regular part of the Lux Radio Theater,, regularly appearing as a spokesperson for the sponsor.
In addition to her regular appearances on Lux Radio Theater, Ms. Singleton was a guest on The Whistler and The Jack Benny program on several occasions. It was a guest appearance on My Favorite Husband in 1948 that led to the life long friendship between Doris Singleton and Lucille Ball. When Lucy and Ricky Ricardo began production of I Love Lucy, it was natural to include Doris in a semi-recurring role as Lucy’s neighbor and sometime nemesis. When Lucy was originally developing her third series, Here’s Lucy, in 1968, the original concept was for Doris to play an intelligent secretary in contrast to the not so smart one played by Lucy. The sponsors nixed the concept, but Doris did appear in the premier episode of the show.
Ms. Singleton’s last acting role was in 1985 although she continued to do commercials and voice-over work. At the time of her passing, she was the last surviving adult cast member of the Lucy shows. Doris Singleton passed away on Jun 26, 2012, at the age of 92.
Good Night, Doris Singleton.