Doris Singleton

Actress


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

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 on April 21, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA.

"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."

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Highlights
Doris Singleton on how Mary Tyler Moore stole her hairdresser for The Dick Van Dyke Show
Doris Singleton on the process of filming an episode of I Love Lucy
Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy episode, "The Dancing Star," with Van Johnson 
Doris Singleton on Hogan's Heroes
Doris Singleton on the invention of the three camera technique
Doris Singleton on acting for television, stage, radio
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her childhood and early influences
On working in radio

Chapter 2

On working in radio
On her early experiences in television - including commercials

Chapter 3

On working on I Love Lucy
On working on The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy

Chapter 4

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

Chapter 5

On working as a guest performer on 1960's television shows
On working on a TV movie, The Boy Who Stole the Elephant
On working on 1970's television, including All in the Family

Chapter 6

On her role in soap operas
On her acting style
On McCarthyism and the Hollywood Blacklist
On her husband, the late television writer Charlie Isaacs
On her career and her legacy
On photo memorabilia
Shows

Adventures of Superman

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Doris Singleton on working on Adventures of Superman

Alan Young Show, The

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

Alfred Hitchcock Presents aka The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

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Doris Singleton on working on Alfred Hitchcock Presents

All in the Family

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Doris Singleton on working on All in the Family

Angel (1960-61)

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Doris Singleton on working on the Jess Oppenheimer show Angel

Ann Sothern Show, The

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Doris Singleton on working on The Ann Sothern Show

Bob Cummings Show, The aka Love That Bob

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Doris Singleton on working on The Bob Cummings Show

Colgate Comedy Hour, The

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Doris Singleton on The Colgate Comedy Hour

Days of Our Lives

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

December Bride

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Doris Singleton on working on the radio program, December Bride

Dick Van Dyke Show, The

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Doris Singleton on The Dick Van Dyke Show
Doris Singleton on coming into an established ensemble cast on The Dick Van Dyke Show

Duffy's Tavern

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

Dynasty

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Doris Singleton on her role on Dynasty

FBI, The

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Doris Singleton on The F.B.I. with Charles Bronson

Fugitive, The

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Doris Singleton on The Fugitive

Gunsmoke

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Doris Singleton on working on Gunsmoke

Hazel

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Doris Singleton on working on Hazel with Shirley Booth

Here's Lucy

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Doris Singleton on working on Here's Lucy and The Lucy Show

Hogan's Heroes

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Doris Singleton on Hogan's Heroes

I Love Lucy

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Doris Singleton on her role in I Love Lucy, a television classic
Doris Singleton on her character "Carolyn Appleby" on I Love Lucy
Doris Singleton on the process of filming an episode of I Love Lucy

My Favorite Husband

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

My Three Sons

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Doris Singleton on My Three Sons

NBC Matinee Theater

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Doris Singleton on working on 3 episodes of Matinee Theater

Our Miss Brooks

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Doris Singleton on working on Our Miss Brooks

People's Choice, The

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

Perry Mason

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Doris Singleton on working on Perry Mason

Phyllis

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Doris Singleton on working on Phyllis with Cloris Leachman

Real McCoys, The

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Doris Singleton on working on The Real McCoys

Twilight Zone, The: "A Kind of Stopwatch"

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

Characters & Catchphrases

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Doris Singleton on her character "Carolyn Appleby" on I Love Lucy

Comedy

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Doris Singleton on the Harpo Marx episode of I Love Lucy
Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy, "Baby pictures" episode
Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy "Lucy Tells the Truth" episode
Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy episode, "The Dancing Star," with Van Johnson 
Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy episode, "Lucy and Superman"
Doris Singleton on the "Edith Has Jury Duty" episode of All in the Family

Fame and Celebrity

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

Hollywood Blacklist

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Doris Singleton on the Hollywood Blacklist and Red Channels

Technological Innovation

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

Actress

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Doris Singleton on acting for television, stage, radio
People

Desi Arnaz

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Doris Singleton on working with Desi Arnaz on I Love Lucy

Lucille Ball

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

Shirley Booth

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Doris Singleton on working on Hazel with Shirley Booth 

Jimmy Durante

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Doris Singleton on Jimmy Durante

William Frawley

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

Gale Gordon

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Doris Singleton on working with actor Gale Gordon

Cary Grant

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Doris Singleton on adoring Cary Grant 

Bob Hope

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Doris Singleton on working with Bob Hope

Charlie Isaacs

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Doris Singleton on her late husband, television writer Charlie Isaacs

Van Johnson

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

Cloris Leachman

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Doris Singleton on working on the show Phyllis with Cloris Leachman 

Betty Lynn

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

Harpo Marx

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Doris Singleton on the I Love Lucy episode with Harpo Marx 

Mary Tyler Moore

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

Jess Oppenheimer

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

George Reeves

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

Dinah Shore

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Doris Singleton on The Dinah Shore Show sponsor's spots

Everett Sloane

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Doris Singleton on working with Everett Sloane on Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Vivian Vance

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

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