Mary Grace Canfield

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Mary Grace Canfield
Born(1924-09-03) September 3, 1924 (age 89)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Spouse(s)John Bischof (1984 - present)
Charles Carey (divorced; 2 children)
 
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Mary Grace Canfield
Born(1924-09-03) September 3, 1924 (age 89)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress
Spouse(s)John Bischof (1984 - present)
Charles Carey (divorced; 2 children)

Mary Grace Canfield (born September 3, 1924) is an American actress who often played the role of a romance-starved spinster/wallflower.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Rochester, New York, Canfield is the daughter of Hubert and Hildegard (née Jacobson) Canfield.

In the 1961-62 television season, Canfield played a housekeeper, Amanda Allison, in the ABC sitcom The Hathaways. On the CBS series Green Acres, Canfield played Ralph Monroe, the all-thumbs carpenter who greeted her fellow Hootervillians with her signature, "Howdie Doodie!" 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.

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 in the interval between the death from ovarian cancer of actress Alice Pearce, who played Abner's wife, Gladys Kravitz, before the hiring of Pearce's successor, Sandra Gould, in the role of Mrs. Kravitz. During the early 1970s, Canfield and actress Lucille Wall shared the role of nurse Lucille March (Audrey's sister) on General Hospital. In the early 2000s, she appeared on stage in her local New England theatre productions.

She appeared in such films as Pollyanna, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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. With the death of Frank Cady (Sam Drucker), Canfield is one of two surviving cast members of the series, and the only woman. Tom Lester (Eb Dawson) is the other.

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