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Character actress, Alice Pearce, was born on Oct 16, 1917 in New York City, NY. Pearce died at the age of 48 on Mar 3, 1966 in Hollywood, CA .


Alice Pearce was a short, beaky, brown-haired American comic actress with a receding chin and protruding lips. She made the most of her 'caricature of a face' to create the unforgettably sinus-ridden Lucy Schmeeler in the stage and film versions of "On The Town". A popular Broadway and nightclub comedienne, following her stage debut in New Faces of 1943, she found too little time to provide films with enough gems to follow her 'Lucy' role, everyone's idea of the blind date they'd rather not see. She died from cancer.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Alice Pearce Quotes:

Brunhilde Esterhazy: [as Lucy prepares to go out] Don't worry, Lucy, I'll do the same for you one of these days.
Lucy Schmeeler: When will you ever get the opportunity?
Chip: Goodbye, Miss Schmeeler.
Lucy Schmeeler: Goodbye, Mr. Chips!

Gabey: Gesundheit.
Lucy Schmeeler: That's the nicest thing anybody ever said to me!

Gabey: You know, somewhere in the world there's a right girl for every boy. I guess I found the one for me before I even met you. I tried, but I can't forget her. But don't you worry. You'll find your guy. You're a nice girl Lucy.
[He kisses her on the cheek]
Gabey: Good night.
Lucy Schmeeler: Oh you bad boy! Now I won't wash my cheek for a year.

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In May of 1964 Alice had surgery and was already diagnosed with terminal cancer by the time she began the "Bewitched" sitcom in September of that year. She managed to keep it a secret and passed away 1 1/2 years into the series.

Alice portrayed blind date Lucy Schmeeler in the original Broadway stage version of "On the Town" and reprised her role in the classic movie musical On the Town (1949).

First husband, composer John Rox, was a songwriter and stage and film composer who wrote such hits as "It's a Big, Wide, Wonderful World." They put together Alice's nightclub acts for such venues as the Blue Angel in New York during the 40s.

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