Mary Grace Canfield

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Mary Grace Canfield
Born(1924-09-03)September 3, 1924
Rochester, New York, U.S.
DiedFebruary 15, 2014(2014-02-15) (aged 89)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)Charles Carey (divorced; 2 children)
John Bischof (1984–2014; her death)
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Mary Grace Canfield
Born(1924-09-03)September 3, 1924
Rochester, New York, U.S.
DiedFebruary 15, 2014(2014-02-15) (aged 89)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)Charles Carey (divorced; 2 children)
John Bischof (1984–2014; her death)

Mary Grace Canfield (September 3, 1924[1] – February 15, 2014) was an American theatre, film and television actress.

Early life and career[edit]

Mary Grace Canfield was born in Rochester, New York,[2] the second child of Hubert and Hildegard (née Jacobson) Canfield. She grew up in Pittsford, New York. She had an elder sister, Constance, who was two years older.[3]

Acting mostly in small theatre companies and regional theatre, between 1952 and 1964 she appeared in several Broadway plays, although most ran for no more than a month. Her Broadway credits include The Waltz of the Toreadors and The Frogs of Spring.[4][5]

Canfield's first credited performance on television was in March 1954, when she portrayed Frances in the episode "Native Dancer" on Goodyear Playhouse. After making additional television appearances, she played a housekeeper, Amanda Allison, in the ABC sitcom The Hathaways during the 1961-62 season. As Thelma Lou's "plain" cousin in an episode of CBS's The Andy Griffith Show, she had an arranged blind date with Gomer Pyle, played by Jim Nabors. Her name on that episode was her actual name, Mary Grace.

Green Acres[edit]

Canfield was best known for her recurring role on the hit CBS comedy series Green Acres as Ralph Monroe, the all-thumbs carpenter who greeted her fellow Hootervillians with her signature "Howdie Doodie!" She appeared in more than 40 episodes of the show during its six-season run from 1965 to 1971.[2] She reprised the role in the 1990 TV movie Return to Green Acres.[4] Recalling the Ralph character in a 2006 interview, she stated, "To be remembered for Ralph kind of upsets me — only in the sense that it was so easy and undemanding." She added, "It's being known for something easy to do instead of something you worked hard to achieve."[6]

Other roles[edit]

She guest starred on the NBC medical drama The Eleventh Hour. In 1966, Canfield played Abner Kravitz's sister, Harriet, on three episodes of Bewitched. Actress Alice Pearce, who played Abner's wife, Gladys Kravitz, had died from ovarian cancer, and her successor as Mrs. Kravitz (Sandra Gould) had yet to be hired. During the early 1970s, Canfield and actress Lucille Wall shared the role of Lucille March on General Hospital. Canfield appeared in such feature films as Pollyanna (as "Angelica"),[7] The St. Valentine's Day Massacre[8] and Something Wicked This Way Comes.[9]

Later life and death[edit]

Canfield made her last public appearance in 2005, when she attended Eddie Albert's funeral along with Green Acres co-stars Sid Melton and Frank Cady.

Canfield died at age 89 from lung cancer on February 15, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California.[10]



1963Come Blow Your HornMildred
1967St. Valentine's Day Massacre, TheThe St. Valentine's Day MassacreMrs. Doody
1975Half a HouseThelma
1983Something Wicked This Way ComesMiss Foley
1993Young Goodman BrownGoody Cloyse


1954Goodyear Television PlayhouseFrancesEpisode: "Native Dancer"
1955Best of Broadway, TheThe Best of BroadwayLieslEpisode: "The Guardsman"
1956Robert Montgomery PresentsAbigail LewisEpisode: "Goodbye, Grey Flannel"
1959Play of the Week, TheThe Play of the WeekSidoniaEpisode: "The Waltz of the Toreadors"
1961ThrillerCelia PerryEpisode: "A Good Imagination"
1961-1962Hathaways, TheThe HathawaysAmanda AllisonEpisodes: "Elinor's Guilt", "TV or Not TV", "The Paint Job", "A Man for Amanda"
1962ThrillerAlly RoseEpisode: "The Hollow Watcher"
1962HazelMiss SimmonsEpisode: "Rock-A-Bye Baby"
1962Poor Mr. CampbellGrindlTV film
1963Joey Bishop Show, TheThe Joey Bishop ShowMrs. BennettEpisode: "The Baby Formula"
1963Eleventh Hour, TheThe Eleventh HourMrs. DobkinEpisode: "The Middle Child Gets All the Aches"
1963Andy Griffith Show, TheThe Andy Griffith ShowMary Grace GossageEpisode: "A Date for Gomer"
1964Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler TheatreJulietEpisode: "Wake Up, Darling"
1965-1971Green AcresRalph MonroeRecurring role (41 episodes)
1966Farmer's Daughter, TheThe Farmer's DaughterAlice GoodallEpisode: "Twelve Angry Women"
1966BewitchedHarriet KravitzEpisodes: "Follow That Witch: Parts 1 & 2", "A Bum Raps", "Man's Best Friend"
1967Vacation PlayhouseMildredEpisode: "Heaven Help Us"
1970Adam-12Susie FisherEpisode: "Log 135: Arson"
1973Love, American StyleBridgetteEpisode: "Love and the Games People Play"
1973General HospitalLucille MarchTV series, replacement for Lucille Wall
1976FamilyMrs. HanleyEpisodes: "Coming Apart", "Home Movie"
1978TabithaDr. MorrisonEpisode: "Paul Goes to New York"
1984Burning RageNettie McFaddenTV film
1985AliceRuthieEpisode: "The Night They Raided Debbie's"
1990Return to Green AcresRalph MonroeTV film
1993Jackie Thomas Show, TheThe Jackie Thomas ShowJaneEpisode: "Aloha, Io-wahu"


  1. ^ Was born in 1924 not 1926 as per Intelius and the 1930 US census Year of birth per; accessed February 20, 2014.
  2. ^ a b The People of Hooterville
  3. ^ Hubert H Canfield, "United States Census, 1930"
  4. ^ a b Funny Ladies - Michael Karol - Google Books
  5. ^ Mary Grace Canfield Theatre Credits
  6. ^ Mary Grace Canfield dies at 89; character actress was on 'Green Acres'
  7. ^ Nissen, Axel (2013). The Films of Agnes Moorehead. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0810891371. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  8. ^ Naha, Ed; Corman, Roger (1982). The Films of Roger Corman: Brilliance on a Budget. Arco Pub. ISBN 978-0668053082. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  9. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (2013). Horror Films of the 1980s. McFarland. p. 258. ISBN 978-0786455010. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  10. ^ "Actress Mary Grace Canfield Dies",; accessed February 18, 2014.

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