R.I.P. Elizabeth MacRae, Gomer Pyle: U.S.M.C. and Gunsmoke actor

She played love interests to Don Knotts, Jim Nabors, and Ken Curtis. She was 88 years old.

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Elizabeth MacRae, celebrated actor of both film and television, has passed away at the age of 88.

MacRae appeared in various television programs and often portrayed the love interest of characters. Notably, the actor played April Clomley, girlfriend of Festus Haggen in Gunsmoke, as well as Lou-Ann Poovie on The Andy Griffith Show spinoff, Gomer Pyle: U.S.M.C.

MacRae spoke to The Kingston Daily Freeman and said that she was delighted with her roles, as they often served as a female counterpart for popular male characters on television.

"They decided that I'm sort of a female Gomer," she said of Lou-Ann Poovie. "This is very funny to me because, in five episodes of Gunsmoke, I played a girl named April Clomley. The Gunsmoke people kept inviting me back, they said because they decided I was sort of a female Festus."

In film, MacRae lent her voice to the Don Knotts-led movie, The Incredible Mr. Limpet. The actor provided the voice for the character Ladyfish, whom Knott's Henry Limpet falls for after his transformation into a fish. However, MacRae is perhaps best known as Meredith in the critically acclaimed film, The Conversation. MacRae acted opposite Gene Hackman, and the film was later nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

As a well-known beauty, while MacRae was appreciated in her more dramatic roles on shows like General Hospital, she also excelled in more comedic roles on television. Of her Gomer Pyle role Lou-Ann, MacRae called the character "glamorous but not chic."

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jorel262 7 days ago
She also played Betty Parker on a color episode of TAGS. "Howard volunteers to be a boy's 'Big Brother' but gets distracted by his pretty older sister."
mcharris 8 days ago
In the last decade of her career, Ms. McRae played the character Mrs. Jean Marlowe in the internationally distributed New Zealand TV series “The Brokenwood Mysteries” (from season 2 to 7).
PierreKhoury 13 days ago
A true Southern Belle!! She'll be missed!
Runeshaper 13 days ago
R.I.P. Elizabeth MacRae. She made a lot of contributions to the world of entertainment (-:
15inchBlackandWhite 13 days ago
Pretty lady. Lord was it painful to hear her sing though. R.I.P.
FLETCH 13 days ago
Very funny and very attractive.

RIP
tootsieg 14 days ago
Very sad. Good night Lou-Ann. Rest In Peace.
LalaLucy 14 days ago
She was such a bubbly, fun actress. Enjoyed her on Gomer. Prayers to all mourning her loss.
jacko3 15 days ago
Ms. Elizabeth MacRae was a classy actress ... always enjoyed and appreciated her parts and roles especially in comedic programs.

Hard to believe so many years have gone by ... May GOD Bless her Soul and Life - Amen ~ Alleluia!
TomBoughan 15 days ago
I remember Lou-Ann started out as Sgt. Carter's date, but, much to Sgt. Carter's chagrin, she ended up with Gomer.
Jimboyc 15 days ago
Sorry to hear that. RIP Liz. She always brightened any role she was in. Loved her Southern delivery. Perfect on Gomer Pyle. She made me smile.
MrsPhilHarris 15 days ago
I can’t believe she was 88. I love her Lou-Ann Poovie character. I wish METV would bring back Gomer Pyle USMC for a while.
Instead of a full hour of The Andy Griffith Show, maybe they could show one episode of that program followed by one episode of Gomer Pyle?
That’s a great idea!
Peter_Falk_Fan 16 days ago
I always enjoyed watching Elizabeth MacRae on "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.". May she R.I.P. Now I'm interested in seeing the movie "The Conversation".
kmarsh12 Peter_Falk_Fan 14 days ago
She plays a somewhat different character, proving she could really act.
harlow1313 16 days ago
I always found this Gomer Gal's character to be peculiar. I have always enjoyed the show.

It would be hard not to love the character, Gomer Pyle, so that makes Poovie okay with me.
Sway 16 days ago
RIP Elizabeth MacRae 🕊️
Also RIP Dabney Coleman who passed on 5/16/24. 🕊️
cperrynaples Sway 16 days ago
I mentioned Coleman several weeks ago! He should have gotten a tribute!
BorisK Sway 15 days ago
I grew up with a guy in the 70-90s with a guy who was the spitting image (and on screen personality) of Dabney Coleman. We still refer to him as Dabney to this day.
Runeshaper BorisK 13 days ago
That's cool!
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