Joyce Randolph, an iconic figure in American television history and the last surviving cast member of the classic sitcom "The Honeymooners," passed away at the age of 99. The talented actress, best known for her role as Trixie Norton in the groundbreaking series, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday in New York City.
Her legacy in the entertainment industry, spanning several decades, leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of her fans and colleagues. Born in 1924, Randolph embarked on her journey in the world of acting with "The Honeymooners," which aired in 1955.
The show, lasting only 39 episodes, etched itself into television history, captivating audiences with its unique humor and relatable characters. Randolph's portrayal of Trixie Norton, alongside her remarkable co-stars Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, and Art Carney, contributed significantly to the sitcom's enduring popularity.
Randolph's Peaceful Farewell
Her son, Randolph Richard Charles, informed TMZ of her passing, noting that she had been receiving hospice care and was unable to walk in her final days. He stated that she passed away due to the effects of old age, leaving behind a legacy that spans generations of television viewers.
Reflecting on her time on "The Honeymooners," Randolph once said in a 2012 interview with The New York Times, "We just played ourselves. Nobody told us to characterize in any way. It was, learn those lines and go on." This natural approach to her role made her character beloved and relatable to millions.
Her co-stars, Gleason, Meadows, and Carney, predeceased her, passing away in 1987, 1996, and 2003, respectively. Their collective contributions to "The Honeymooners" have cemented the show as a staple in American television culture.
Randolph's son, Randy, has announced that she will be cremated and has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Entertainment Community Fund, a fitting tribute to her lifelong commitment to the arts. Her passing marks the end of an era, but her work will continue to entertain and inspire future generations.
Joyce Randolph's memory and her contributions to the world of comedy and television will forever be cherished and remembered.