Doris Singleton Dies: “I Love Lucy” Star Was 92

    June 28, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Doris Singleton, best known as Lucy and Ricky’s next door neighbor on the popular ’50s show “I Love Lucy”, has died. She was 92-years old.

Singleton worked on a number of successful television programs, including “My Three Sons”, “The Munsters”, and “Dynasty”. But she said she very much enjoyed working with Lucille Ball and her husband, Desi Arnaz, during her stint on the show as their boastful neighbor Carolyn Appleby.

“Lucy was very nice to me because she really liked my work,” she said. “And when you did [“I Love Lucy”], if Lucy liked you — not just Lucy but Desi [Arnaz] as well and the producers, writers, and directors — you did the show a lot. So she had her stock company, too. If she didn’t like you or you made a mistake … you didn’t come back.”

Singleton and Ball formed a friendship after a chance meeting on a radio program in 1948. She once said that there was very little fun to be had on set, as Ball was all business when she was working.

In a bizzarre twist of fate, Singleton passed away in the same week one of her former costars, Don Grady, died. The two worked on “My Three Sons” together.

  • jeannie jorgensen

    to sir
    well i am deaf and try said something.. doris singleton and she pretty good actress with ” I love lucy” my faovor lucy on show,, sad all gone by now… thank you ..hope understand me ..

  • Michael Craig

    I am 50 years old, and I grew up watching I Love Lucy in the 60’s.
    One of My favorite I Love Lucy episodes is with George Reeves who played Superman in the 1950’s. Doris Singleton ‘s character Caroyln Applebee was having a Birthday party for her little son stevie on Saturday and that was the same day lucy wanted to have little Ricky’s Party , Caroyln said we’re going to have a CLOWN and MAGICIAN, And Lucy said she’s going to have SUPERMAN at Little Ricky’s Party. So little Stevie say’s At least 3 or 4 times( I want to go to little Ricky’s Party, So Caroylyn says okay You win lucy. She ends up helping them at the party too . and to make a long story short, Lucy was disapointed when Ricky her husband said that Superman couldn’t make it to little rickys party. So Lucy dresses up as Superman but she gets locked out of the , I think it was the 3rd or 4th floor apartment and it starts raining and after all the little kids leave, Ricky ask Ethel where Lucy is and she says shes out on the ledge, so little Ricky says Daddy why don’t You let Superman get her. So Superman pulls the piano away from the window and Ricky fred and Ethel all look in amazement, and then he jumps out on the ledge and untangles Lucy from the Drain Pipe. And Ricky shouts and starts to say in the 15 years that we’ve been Married, and Superman interrupts him and says You mean You’ve been Married to HER FOR 15 Years and Ricky shouts back Yeah for 15 Years and Superman smiles and says AND THEY CALL ME SUPERMAN. I loved that episode and I will truly miss Doris Singleton, A GREAT CHARACTER ACTRESS.

  • David V

    One of my favorite lines in television comedy is Doris Singleton’s delivery to Lucy in an episode when Lucy asks “Carolyn Appleby” if
    she approves of Lucy’s lovely dress, to which Carolyn Appleby (Doris Singleton) replied, “oh yes..I always have!” Another wonderful moment is when an irritated Carolyn Appleby (Doris Singleton)asks Lucy, “how nice of you to drop by…how long must you stay?” Great comedy writing, yes, but the “delivery” made the comedy.

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  • John

    This lady did not play Lucy and Ricky’s neighbor. She played Lucy’s “best friend” Carolyn “Lillian” Appleby…. That’s sad that she passed though. :(