Actress Beth Howland Has Died

Actress, Beth Howland, died December 31, 2015 but it was not revealed until May 25. Howland died as a result of lung cancer in Santa Monica, CA at the age of 74. Husband, Charles Kimbrough, stated that there was no prior announcement because that is what his wife wanted.

Howland is best known for her role as the “ditzy waitress” on the sit com “Alice”.

While best known as Vera in 202 episodes of “Alice”, Howland appeared in some two dozen productions including her uncredited debut role as Clem’s wife on “Lil Abner”. Since that debut her appearances include “Love, American Style”, an uncredited role in “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot”, “Cannon”, “Mary Tyler Moore”, “Little House on the Prairie”, “Eight is Enough”, six episodes of “The Love Boat”, “You Can’t Take it with You”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”, “Batman Beyond”, and her final role in 2002 in an episode of “As Told by Ginger”.

Howland also appeared on Broadway in “Once Upon a Mattress”, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “High Spirits”, “Drat! The Cat!”, “Darling of the Day”, and as Amy in both the original and revival productions of “Company”.

Along with fellow actress Jennifer Warren, Howland created Tiger Rose Productions. The company earned an Academy Award for their HBO film “You Don’t Have to Die”.

She was born May 28, 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts.

She is survived by her second husband, Charles Kimbrough, and daughter Holly.

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