Happy 91st birthday to Joyce Randolph, Trixie Norton of The Honeymooners
Randolph is the last surviving member of the Honeymooners quartet. What is your favorite Trixie memory?
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Joyce Randolph is the last surviving member of the Honeymooners foursome. We have breath fresheners to thank for it all.
- 10/25 12:00AM$99,000 Answer"Ralph goes on a quiz show with the category of popular songs. He practices all week, spending a lot of money, only to miss on the first question!"
- 11/1 12:00AMRalph Kramden, Inc."Norton invests in Ralph's stock when Ralph wants twenty dollars. When Ralph thinks he is named in a millionaire's will, arguments arise. It turns out Ralph was simply left a pet bird named Fortune, and much of the money was left to the butler and maid. "
- 11/8 12:00AMYoung At Heart"Ralph and Norton take their wives dancing and roller-skating when they begin to complain about doing things young people do."
In 1951, the Cadbury company launched a new line of mints called Clorets. The brand bought some ad space on Cavalcade of Stars, the variety show hosted by Jackie Gleason. Randolph acted in a live Clorets commerical on the program and Gleason took notice. Gleason had his Honeymooners sketch, which initially featured Elaine Stritch as Trixie Norton, originally a burlesque dancer. That iteration of Trixie was fleeting, as Randolph (pictured top right) took over the role opposite Art Carney.
Once deemed "The Garbo of Detroit," Randolph became the inspiration for Betty Rubble of The Flinstones, who was voiced by Bea Benaderet of Petticoat Junction. We love how television history links up like that.
Speaking of kismet, what coincidence that her birthday should fall on Back to the Future Day, as The Honeymooners feature in the original 1985 film. Today, Randolph turns 91.
Watch a recent interview with the television icon.
What are your favorite Trixie moments from The Honeymooners? Let us known and wish Joyce a happy 91st!