Joyce Randolph

Actress


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In her two-hour Archive Interview, Joyce Randolph discusses her early years as an actress on the stage and speaks of her first appearance on television in 1946 -- on experimental station WRGB in Scenectady, NY. She outlines her roles in early television on the Dumont network, on shows Martin Kane, Private Eye; The Plainclothesman; and The Famous Jury Trials. She describes her first appearance on The Cavalcade of Stars in a dramatic role, before landing the part of "Trixie Norton" in the show's "Honeymooners" sketches, opposite Art Carney's "Ed Norton." Randolph then details her appearances in the "Classic 39" episodes of The Honeymooners, when the sketches were launched as a 30-minute sitcom series for the 1955-56 season, and shares what it was like to work with Jackie Gleason and Audrey Meadows. She chronicles her continued appearances as "Trixie" on The Jackie Gleason Show (which ran through 1959) and her return to the role for an episode of the 1991 television series, Hi Honey, I'm Home. Michael Rosen conducted the interview on October 27, 1999 in New York, NY.

"Trixie was married to a sewer worker and I guess she considered herself a little better than the character of Ed Norton. But she was just a housewife - she and Alice didn't have jobs. They stayed home all the time, which was kind of amazing, but the husbands didn't want them to work. But twice during the course of all of our years it was mentioned that probably Trixie had been in burlesque. They never expanded on that, but mention was made that she could have been a dancer in burlesque."

Highlights
Joyce Randolph on being cast as "Trixie" for a "Honeymooners" sketch on Cavalcade of Stars
01:20
Joyce Randolph on her role as "Trixie" on The Honeymooners
01:00
Joyce Randolph on her favorite episodes of The Honeymooners
00:55
Joyce Randolph on the media blitz surrounding the lost episodes of The Honeymooners
01:33
Joyce Randolph on how The Honeymooners impacted television
01:21
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her childhood and early influences; on growing up in Michigan; on wanting to be an actress in New York; on her favorite radio programs growing up; on attending the Expression School of Speech and Drama; on getting into the Catholic Theater Group in Detroit; on joining the Actors Equity Union; on getting to New York
On her first impressions of New York; on touring the country with stage shows for "Stage Door," and "A Goose for the Gander;" on touring with "Good Night, Ladies;" on living in LA for fourteen months and returning to New York
On the first time she saw television; on doing experimental television for GE in Schenectady, NY; on acting in several half hour dramas for early live television; on doing summer stock theater; on appearing in Martin Kane, Private Eye, Rocky King, Detective, and The Plainclothesman; on differences between working for NBC, CBS and Dumont; on The Famous Jury Trials

Chapter 2

On working on Buck Rogers and several detective shows; on appearing on an early ABC show, I Cover Times Square; on working in live television; on theater folk not respecting television; on early commercials
On acting methods on 1950s television; on working on Texaco Star Theater; on working on The Colgate Comedy Hour; on Danny Thomas, Martin and Lewis, and Eddie Cantor
On Calvalcade of Stars; on being cast as "Trixie" for a "Honeymooners" sketch on Cavalcade of Stars; on playing "Trixie"; on differences between the Kramdens and the Nortons on The Honeymooners ; on working with Audrey Meadows

Chapter 3

On how she met Audrey Meadows; on working with Audrey; on working with Art Carney; on the June Taylor Dancers on The Jackie Gleason Show  
On the first show of the "Classic 39" episodes of The Honeymooners; on getting married; on ad-libbing to stretch the show; on guest stars and producers on the show; on the "TV or not TV" and "Sleepwalker" episodes of The Honeymooners; on her favorite episodes of The Honeymooners; on the end of The Honeymooners

Chapter 4

On why she didn't continue playing "Trixie Norton" in later incarnations of The Honeymooners; on appearing on The U.S. Steel Hour; on life after The Honeymooners; on stage work and being a mother; on the Lambs Club 
On the media blitz surrounding the lost episodes of The Honeymooners; on appearing on HBO's Comic Relief and on Hi Honey, I'm Home; on advice to aspiring performers; on how The Honeymooners impacted television; on how she'd like to be remembered
B-roll of pictures throughout her career: headshots and cast shots from The Honeymooners
Shows

All in the Family

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Joyce Randolph on how The Honeymooners impacted television
01:21

Cavalcade of Stars

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Joyce Randolph on being cast as "Trixie" for a "Honeymooners" sketch on Cavalcade of Stars
01:20
Joyce Randolph on working on Calvalcade of Stars
12:07
Joyce Randolph on the cast of The Honeymooners
04:21

Colgate Comedy Hour, The

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Joyce Randolph on working on The Colgate Comedy Hour
03:51

Comic Relief Specials

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Joyce Randolph on appearing on HBO's Comic Relief with Audrey Meadows and Art Carney
00:56

Famous Jury Trials

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Joyce Randolph on appearing on Famous Jury Trials
01:03
Joyce Randolph on a photo of her on the set of Famous Jury Trials
00:51

Flintstones, The

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Joyce Randolph on how The Honeymooners impacted television
01:21

Hi Honey, I'm Home

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Joyce Randolph on appearing on Hi Honey, I'm Home with Audrey Meadows 
00:34

Honeymooners, The

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Joyce Randolph on being cast as "Trixie" for a "Honeymooners" sketch on Cavalcade of Stars
01:20
Joyce Randolph on working on The Honeymooners
08:20
Joyce Randolph on working with Jackie Gleason on the "Classic 39 episodes"
05:24
Joyce Randolph on the cast of The Honeymooners
07:01
Joyce Randolph on the "Classic 39" episodes of The Honeymooners
15:19
Joyce Randolph on later incarnations of The Honeymooners
01:31
Joyce Randolph on the media blitz surrounding the lost episodes of The Honeymooners
01:33
Joyce Randolph on photos from The Honeymooners  
03:15

Jackie Gleason Show, The

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Joyce Randolph on working with Jackie Gleason on the "Classic 39 episodes"
05:24
Joyce Randolph on the cast of The Honeymooners
07:31

Martin Kane, Private Eye

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Joyce Randolph on appearing on Martin Kane, Private Eye
00:40

Plainclothesman, The

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Joyce Randolph on appearing on The Plainclothesman
02:15

Rocky King, Detective

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Joyce Randolph on appearing on Rocky King, Detective
00:30

Texaco Star Theater

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Joyce Randolph on working on Texaco Star Theater
00:58

United States Steel Hour, The

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Joyce Randolph on appearing on The U.S. Steel Hour
01:15
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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Joyce Randolph on her role as "Trixie" on The Honeymooners
00:30

Comedy

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Joyce Randolph on the "TV or not TV" episode of The Honeymooners
00:49
Joyce Randolph on the "The Sleepwalker" episode of The Honeymooners
00:26
Joyce Randolph on the "Better Living Through TV" episode and other episodes of The Honeymooners
01:14
Joyce Randolph on her favorite episodes of The Honeymooners
00:55

Hollywood Blacklist

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Joyce Randolph on Audrey Meadows replacing Pert Kelton in the cast of The Honeymooners
00:42

Industry Crossroads

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Joyce Randolph on Audrey Meadows replacing Pert Kelton in the cast of The Honeymooners
00:42

Pop Culture

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Joyce Randolph on her role as "Trixie" on The Honeymooners
00:30

Technological Innovation

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Joyce Randolph on doing experimental television for GE in Schenectady, NY
02:08

Television Industry

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Joyce Randolph on Audrey Meadows replacing Pert Kelton in the cast of The Honeymooners
00:42
Professions

Actress

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Joyce Randolph on joining the Catholic Theater Group tour and eventually getting to New York
02:38
Genres

Comedy Series

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Joyce Randolph on The Honeymooners
12:07
Joyce Randolph on the "Classic 39" episodes of The Honeymooners
15:19

Cop/Detective/Mystery Series

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Joyce Randolph on appearing on Martin Kane, Private Eye
00:40

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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Joyce Randolph on the cast of The Honeymooners  (on Calvalcade of Stars and The Jackie Gleason Show)
11:52
People

Fred Allen

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Joyce Randolph on working with Fred Allen
00:28

Jack Benny

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Joyce Randolph on guest stars on The Honeymooners
00:11

Milton Berle

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Joyce Randolph on working on Texaco Star Theater
00:58

Eddie Cantor

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Joyce Randolph on working with Eddie Cantor
00:37

Art Carney

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Joyce Randolph on working with Art Carney
00:51
Joyce Randolph on Art Carney's physical comedy on The Honeymooners
03:41
Joyce Randolph on appearing on HBO's Comic Relief with Audrey Meadows and Art Carney
00:56
Joyce Randolph on a promotional photo for The Honeymooners
03:15
Joyce Randolph on a photo for The Honeymooners
02:33
Joyce Randolph on photos from a Jackie Gleason party
01:10

Joseph Cates

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Joyce Randolph on being cast as "Trixie" for a "Honeymooners" sketch on Cavalcade of Stars
01:20

Jackie Cooper

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Joyce Randolph on appearing on The U.S. Steel Hour
01:15

Harry Crane

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Joyce Randolph on auditioning for Calvalcade of Stars
01:16
Joyce Randolph on writers on The Honeymooners
01:34

Barbara Bel Geddes

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Joyce Randolph on appearing on The U.S. Steel Hour
01:15

Jackie Gleason

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Joyce Randolph on working on The Honeymooners
10:21
Joyce Randolph on The Jackie Gleason Show  and The Honeymooners
22:50
Joyce Randolph on later incarnations of The Honeymooners
01:31
Joyce Randolph on a promotional photo for The Honeymooners
03:15
Joyce Randolph on photos from a Jackie Gleason party, and on stage
02:09

Pert Kelton

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Joyce Randolph on Audrey Meadows replacing Pert Kelton in the cast of The Honeymooners
00:42

Jerry Lewis

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Joyce Randolph on working with Martin and Lewis on The Colgate Comedy Hour
00:29

Dean Martin

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Joyce Randolph on working with Martin and Lewis on The Colgate Comedy Hour
00:29

Audrey Meadows

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Joyce Randolph on Audrey Meadows replacing Pert Kelton in the cast of The Honeymooners
01:27
Joyce Randolph on Audrey Meadows
00:39
Joyce Randolph on how she met Audrey Meadows and working with her
02:02
Joyce Randolph on appearing on HBO's Comic Relief with Audrey Meadows and Art Carney
00:56
Joyce Randolph on appearing on Hi Honey, I'm Home with Audrey Meadows
00:34
Joyce Randolph on a photo of her on the set of The Famous Jury Trials

Carroll O'Connor

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Joyce Randolph on meeting Carroll O'Connor
00:33

George Petrie

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Joyce Randolph on working with George Petrie on The Honeymooners
00:45

Leonard Stern

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Joyce Randolph on writers on The Honeymooners
01:11

Gloria Swanson

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Joyce Randolph on working with Gloria Swanson on Broadway
00:18

June Taylor

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Joyce Randolph on the June Taylor Dancers on The Jackie Gleason Show
00:59

Danny Thomas

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Joyce Randolph on working on The Colgate Comedy Hour
01:10

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