Mitchell in October 2008
|Born||November 4, 1919|
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||November 11, 2013 (aged 94)|
|Resting place||Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California|
|Alma mater||University of Toledo|
University of Michigan
|Occupation||Radio, film, and television actress|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (160 cm)|
|Julian Frieden (1946-1974; divorced; 2 children)|
Jay Livingston (1992-2001; his death)
Shirley Mitchell (November 4, 1919 - November 11, 2013) was an American radio, film, and television actress.
Following a move to Chicago, Mitchell appeared in the network broadcast of The First Nighter Program and played small parts in various soap operas, including The Story of Mary Marlin and The Road of Life. After she moved to Los Angeles, she played opposite Joan Davis and Jack Haley in The Sealtest Village Store. She also starred as Louella in The Life of Riley and joined the cast of Fibber McGee and Molly as Alice Darling in 1943. She also played in The Charlotte Greenwood Show.
Her most prominent radio role was that of the charismatic Southern belle Leila Ransom on The Great Gildersleeve beginning in September 1942. In the third season of I Love Lucy, from 1953 to 1954, she appeared in three episodes as Marion Strong, Lucy Ricardo's friend with the funny laugh. She was the last surviving recurring adult cast member following the death of Doris Singleton in 2012.
In the late 1950s she appeared twice on The Jack Benny Program as Mildred Meyerhauser, Jack's brash, blonde bombshell date with a thick Bronx accent. Her rough and tumble character created a calamity in fancy places to the chagrin of guest stars Jimmy Stewart and his wife Gloria Hatrick McLean.
In 1962, she played Janet Colton in 13 episodes of the sitcom Pete and Gladys, starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams, with Peter Leeds cast as her husband George Colton. Between 1963 and 1965, she made five appearances on Perry Mason, including the 1965 episode "The Case of the Carefree Coronary", when she played Marilyn David, the widow of a murder victim. In 1964, she played the role of murder victim Elizabeth Bain, although her character was only heard, not seen, in "The Case of the Woeful Widower."
From 1965 to 1967, she appeared as neighbor Marge Thornton on Please Don't Eat the Daisies. She appeared in several TV shows of the 1960s (like Petticoat Junction as Cousin Mae in 1968) and did voice-over work in subsequent decades. Mitchell voiced Laurie Holliday on Hanna-Barbera's short-lived series The Roman Holidays in 1972. She also appeared in an episode of the crime drama The Feather and Father Gang in 1977.
By August 1955, they had two children, a girl (Brooke) and a boy (Scott). Mitchell and Frieden divorced in August 1974. In 1992, she married songwriter Jay Livingston, and the two remained married until his death in 2001.
Mitchell died of heart failure on November 11, 2013, seven days after her 94th birthday.
It's a boy for Dr. and Mrs. Julian H. Frieden of Hollywood. Mrs. Frieden is Toledo's Shirley Mitchell, well known television and radio actress. She already is the proud mother of a daughter.