Celebrity deaths in 2014 - In Memoriam (Photos)

Slideshow posted in Photos | Wednesday, March 13, 2013

145 of 192: Doris Singleton, who played Lucille Ball's character's nemesis on 'I Love Lucy,' died on June 27, 2012 at age 92.

Singleton was born in New York on Sept. 28, 1919. She was a dancer at the American Ballet Theater and also worked in radio before she began her on-screen career in the early 1950s, playing the recurring role of Caroline Appleby on the sitcom 'I Love Lucy.'

'I didn't know that it would be, what, 60 years later, and it's still here,' Singleton told OnTheRedCarpet.com at a launch of a Lucille Ball exhibit at the Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles in August 2011. 'It was such a wonderful show. It was so well written and not to mention that Lucille Ball was the most fantastic comedienne ever. It was a good, nice, I hate to say - clean show, but it was.'

Appleby and Lucy were very competitive, especially over their young sons. Singleton said in a 2005 interview with the Archive of American Television that in real life, Ball was 'very nice' to her.

'Because she really liked my work," she said. 'If she didn't like you or you made a mistake ... there was one member of the Women's Club who never came back, she was taken over by someone else. Because she was nervous in front of the audience because it was a very difficult show to work.'

Singleton also appeared on Ball's other shows in the 1960s - 'The Lucy Show' and 'Here's Lucy' as well as on programs such as 'All in the Family,' 'The Munsters,' 'Angel,' 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and 'My Three Sons,' in which she played Margaret Williams. Her co-star, Don Grady, also died on June 27, 2012, at age 68.

Singleton's last on-screen role was in the television movie 'Deadly Messages,' a thriller, which was released in 1985.

Her husband of some 60 years, TV screenwriter Charles Isaacs, died at age 88 in 2002.

(Pictured: Doris Singleton talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com about 'I Love Lucy' and Lucille Ball at a tribute event for the actress held at the Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles on Aug. 4, 2011.) (OTRC Photo)

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