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OTRC: Doris Singleton of 'I Love Lucy' dies at age 92

Doris Singleton talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com about 'I Love Lucy' and Lucille Ball at a tribute event for the actress held at the Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles on Aug. 4, 2011.

Doris Singleton, who played Lucille Ball's character's nemesis on "I Love Lucy," has died at age 92.

The actress passed away on Tuesday in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Singleton was born in New York on Sept. 28, 1919. She was a dancer at the American Ballet Theater and also worked in radio before she began her on-screen career in the early 1950s, playing the recurring role of Carolyn Appleby on the sitcom "I Love Lucy."

"I didn't know that it would be, what, 60 years later, and it's still here," Singleton told OnTheRedCarpet.com at a launch of a Lucille Ball exhibit at the Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles in August 2011. "It was such a wonderful show. It was so well written and not to mention that Lucille Ball was the most fantastic comedienne ever. It was a good, nice, I hate to say - clean show, but it was."

Appleby and Lucy were very competitive, especially over their young sons. Singleton said in a 2005 interview with the Archive of American Television that in real life, Ball was "very nice" to her.

"Because she really liked my work," she said. "If she didn't like you or you made a mistake ... there was one member of the Women's Club who never came back, she was taken over by someone else. She was nervous in front of the audience because it was a very difficult show to work."

"It was challenging," she said. "If you made a mistake, they stopped you. They stop and then you went on, you picked up with a certain line. There were no teleprompters, so that was difficult, and then after they would ask the audience to stay and laugh in the same place that they did before."

Singleton said that she and Ball "really didn't socialize a lot on the set."

"We worked very hard," she said. "It was all work and not so much play. It was like doing a stage performance every time we did the show."

Singleton also appeared on Ball's other shows in the 1960s - "The Lucy Show" and "Here's Lucy" as well as on programs such as "All in the Family," "The Munsters," "Angel," "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "My Three Sons," in which she played Margaret Williams. Her co-star, Don Grady, also died on Tuesday, at age 68.

Singleton's last on-screen role was in the television movie "Deadly Messages," a thriller, which was released in 1985.

Her husband of some 60 years, TV screenwriter Charles Isaacs, died at age 88 in 2002. Arnez passed away in 1986 at age 69 and Ball died in April 1989 at age 77. The search engine Google honored her last year with a "Google Doodle" on what would have been her 100th birthday.

Additional reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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