Mary Grace Canfield, Green Acres Actress, Dies at 89

Entertainment Feb. 18, 2014 AT 10:30AM
Mary Grace Canfield in RETURN TO GREEN ACRES Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran actress who starred on the show Green Acres, died Saturday, Feb. 15 at the age of 89. Credit: Orion Television Entertainment/ Courtesy: Everett Collection

Veteran actress Mary Grace Canfield, best known for her role as Ralph Monroe on the show Green Acres, died Saturday, Feb. 15 in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was 89.

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The TV star's daughter Phoebe Alexiades told the Associated Press that her mother died in a hospice after losing her battle to lung cancer.

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Canfield played the character of handywoman Ralph Monroe on the show who would greet the townspeople of Hooterville with a "howdy doody," while wearing her signature bib overalls and working on the Douglas family's home. Green Acres ran from 1965 to 1971.

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With a career spanning nearly four decades, Canfield was also known for her roles on General Hospital, The Love Boat and The Hathaways. She also briefly starred on Bewitched.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years John Bischof, her two daughters Phoebe and Alison, and three grandsons.

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