Alice Pearce Overview:

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: 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.

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

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Educated in schools in Europe (Belgium, France, Italy, etc.), she returned to the States at age 15 and eventually attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, graduating in 1940.

Met second husband Paul Davis in 1957 when she was appearing in the Broadway musical "Bells Are Ringing" starring Judy Holliday. Alice replaced Jean Stapleton in the show and Paul was the stage manager.

The network (ABC) broke into the prime-time broadcast of "Bewitched" (1964) to announce her death.

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