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.
- 4/18 10:30PMThe Loudspeaker"Ralph writes a speech because he thinks he's going to be Racoon of the Year-but it turns out to be Norton."
- 4/25 10:30PMOn Stage"Ralph, Alice, and Ed are in a Raccoon play, and Ralph expects to be a big star. "
- 5/2 10:30PMOpportunity Knocks But"Ralph and Ed play pool with Ralph's boss and Ed gets a job at the bus company."
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!