Doris Singleton

Actress


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In her nearly three-hour Archive interview, Doris Singleton talks about her early career as a ballet dancer in New York. She describes her work as a singer and actress in network radio, where she appeared on many of the medium's now-classic shows. She speaks in great detail about her recurring role as "Caroline Appleby," one of Lucy's friends, on the classic television sitcom I Love Lucy. She talks about the production of the series, Lucille Ball's working style and the shows frequent famous guest stars, including Harpo Marx. She also discusses several of her other memorable guest appearances on television through the years, including her appearance as "Magda" on Hogan's Heroes. During the interview she speaks frequently about her late husband, comedy writer Charlie Isaacs, to whom she was married for 60 years. Jennifer Howard conducted the interview in Los Angeles, CA on April 21, 2005.

"Learn as you go along, listen to and watch people.  Watch performers who are good performers. And don't rely on idiot cards and teleprompters and so forth. Have it in your head."

Highlights
Doris Singleton on her character "Carolyn Appleby" on I Love Lucy
02:01
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her childhood and early influences
23:39
On working in radio
04:13

Chapter 2

On working in radio
14:28
On her early experiences in television - including commercials
14:22

Chapter 3

On working on I Love Lucy
24:20
On working on The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy
04:56

Chapter 4

On I Love Lucy fans, fandom, and the popularity of the show
05:52
On television shows she worked on in the 1950s and 1960s
22:47

Chapter 5

On working as a guest performer on 1960's television shows
22:40
On working on a TV movie, The Boy Who Stole the Elephant
02:26
On working on 1970's television, including All in the Family
03:11

Chapter 6

On her role in soap operas
07:11
On her acting style
03:34
On McCarthyism and the Hollywood Blacklist
02:01
On her husband, the late television writer Charlie Isaacs
06:06
On her career and her legacy
01:13
On photo memorabilia
04:14
Shows

Adventures of Superman

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Doris Singleton on working on Adventures of Superman
01:56

Alan Young Show, The

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Doris Singleton on working on the radio and television program, The Alan Young Show  
01:17

Alfred Hitchcock Presents aka The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

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Doris Singleton on working on Alfred Hitchcock Presents
01:32

All in the Family

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Doris Singleton on working on All in the Family
01:54

Angel (1960-61)

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Doris Singleton on working on the Jess Oppenheimer show Angel
04:38

Ann Sothern Show, The

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Doris Singleton on working on The Ann Sothern Show
02:42

Bob Cummings Show, The aka Love That Bob

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Doris Singleton on working on The Bob Cummings Show
00:50

Colgate Comedy Hour, The

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Doris Singleton on The Colgate Comedy Hour
01:37

Days of Our Lives

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Doris Singleton on her role on the soap opera Days of Our Lives
03:05

December Bride

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Doris Singleton on working on the radio program, December Bride
03:17

Dick Van Dyke Show, The

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Doris Singleton on The Dick Van Dyke Show
01:15
Doris Singleton on coming into an established ensemble cast on The Dick Van Dyke Show
02:05

Duffy's Tavern

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Doris Singleton on working on the radio and TV programs, Duffy's Tavern
03:00

Dynasty

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Doris Singleton on her role on Dynasty
02:35

FBI, The

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Doris Singleton on The F.B.I. with Charles Bronson
01:27

Fugitive, The

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Doris Singleton on The Fugitive
00:52

Gunsmoke

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Doris Singleton on working on Gunsmoke
01:23

Hazel

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Doris Singleton on working on Hazel with Shirley Booth
01:20

Here's Lucy

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Doris Singleton on working on Here's Lucy and The Lucy Show
02:22

Hogan's Heroes

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Doris Singleton on Hogan's Heroes
02:27

I Love Lucy

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Doris Singleton on her role in I Love Lucy, a television classic
05:21
Doris Singleton on her character "Carolyn Appleby" on I Love Lucy
02:01
Actress Doris Singleton on the process of filming an episode of I Love Lucy
02:14

My Favorite Husband

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Doris Singleton on working on Lucille Ball's radio show My Favorite Husband
01:55

My Three Sons

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Doris Singleton on My Three Sons
02:50

NBC Matinee Theater

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Doris Singleton on working on 3 episodes of Matinee Theater
03:20

Our Miss Brooks

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Doris Singleton on working on Our Miss Brooks
02:02

People's Choice, The

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Doris Singleton on working on The People's Choice with Jackie Cooper
04:21

Perry Mason

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Doris Singleton on working on Perry Mason
01:53

Phyllis

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Doris Singleton on working on Phyllis with Cloris Leachman
01:12

Real McCoys, The

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Doris Singleton on working on The Real McCoys
01:07

Twilight Zone, The: "A Kind of Stopwatch"

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Doris Singleton on working on The Twilight Zone episode, "A Kind of Stopwatch"
01:22
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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Doris Singleton on her character "Carolyn Appleby" on I Love Lucy
02:03

Comedy

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Doris Singleton on the Harpo Marx episode of I Love Lucy
01:34
Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy, "Baby pictures" episode
03:46
Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy "Lucy Tells the Truth" episode
02:16
Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy episode, "The Dancing Star," with Van Johnson 
02:10
Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy episode, "Lucy and Superman"
02:31
Doris Singleton on the "Edith Has Jury Duty" episode of All in the Family
01:54

Fame & Celebrity

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Doris Singleton on the popularity of I Love Lucy and Lucille Ball
05:44

Hollywood Blacklist

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Doris Singleton on the Hollywood Blacklist and Red Channels
02:01

Technological Innovation

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Doris Singleton on the differences between working in radio and television
02:02
Doris Singleton on the invention of the three camera technique
03:55
Professions

Actress

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Doris Singleton on acting for television, stage, radio
03:34
People

Desi Arnaz

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Doris Singleton on working with Desi Arnaz on I Love Lucy
01:08

Lucille Ball

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Doris Singleton on her working relationship with Lucille Ball when December Bride transitioned to television
02:16
Doris Singleton on working on Lucille Ball's radio show, My Favorite Husband and on I Love Lucy, its television successor
07:22
Doris Singleton on working with Lucille Ball on I Love Lucy
04:57
Doris Singleton on working with Lucille Ball in The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy
02:22
Doris Singleton on the popularity of I Love Lucy and Lucille Ball and Lucille Ball
05:44

Shirley Booth

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Doris Singleton on working on Hazel with Shirley Booth 
01:20

Jimmy Durante

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Doris Singleton on Jimmy Durante
02:55

William Frawley

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Doris Singleton on the working relationship between I Love Lucy's William Frawley and Vivian Vance 
02:05

Gale Gordon

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Doris Singleton on working with actor Gale Gordon
00:29

Cary Grant

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Doris Singleton on adoring Cary Grant 
02:00

Bob Hope

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Doris Singleton on working with Bob Hope
00:22

Charlie Isaacs

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Doris Singleton on her late husband, television writer Charlie Isaacs
06:06

Van Johnson

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Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy episode, "The Dancing Star," with Van Johnson 
02:10

Cloris Leachman

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Doris Singleton on working on the show Phyllis with Cloris Leachman 
01:12

Betty Lynn

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Doris Singleton on working with Betty Lynn in The Boy Who Stole the Elephant, a TV movie
02:25

Harpo Marx

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Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy episode with Harpo Marx 
01:34

Mary Tyler Moore

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Doris Singleton on how The Dick Van Dyke Show got its hairdresser 
01:15

Jess Oppenheimer

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Doris Singleton on I Love Lucy's writer, Jess Oppenheimer
01:13

George Reeves

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Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy episode, "Lucy and Superman" with George Reeves
02:31

Dinah Shore

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Doris Singleton on The Dinah Shore Show sponsor's spots
01:45

Everett Sloane

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Doris Singleton on working with Everett Sloane on Alfred Hitchcock Presents
01:32

Vivian Vance

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Doris Singleton on the working relationship between I Love Lucy's William Frawley and Vivian Vance
02:05

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