CHATHAM, Mass. — Actress Shirley Booth, who won four Emmys as the maid Hazel in the 1960s TV comedy of the same name and Tony and Oscar awards for stage and screen versions of “Come Back, Little Sheba,” has died.
She was 94 and died Friday of natural causes at her home on Cape Cod, said David Hunt of Nickerson Funeral Home. Reference books give her age as 85.
Booth won six Tonys in her stage career. Her best-known success came when she won a Tony and the New York Drama Critics Award as Lola Delaney in a 1950 production of “Come Back, Little Sheba.”
She won the Academy Award, the New York Film Critics Award, and the Cannes Festival acting award for the film version of the play.
She gained wide popularity for her role in “Hazel,” which ran from 1961 to 1966, first on NBC, then on CBS.
“Hazel” was based on the Saturday Evening Post cartoons of Ted Key. Booth played a maid who had an integral role in a corporate lawyer’s family, regularly pre-empting his authority because she was always right and always knew what needed to be done.
She won four Emmy Awards for the role.
Born in New York as Thelma Booth Ford, she began acting on the amateur stage at age 12. Her professional debut was in 1923, in a Hartford production of “The Cat and the Canary.”
She was married twice. She married and later divorced Archie Gardner of the radio series “Duffy’s Tavern,” then married William Baker of Bucks County, Pa. He died in 1951.
She is survived by a sister and a niece.
Services will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City for Alfred Chamie, the retired VP, secretary and general counsel for the Assn. of Motion Picture & Television Producers, who died Oct. 16 at the age of 83.
Born in New York in 1910, Chamie studied political science at UCLA and graduated in 1931. In 1934, he graduated from Harvard Law School and subsequently practiced law in Los Angeles.
During World War II, Chamie was a captain in the Army and served in the Judge Advocate General’s office. After the war, he returned to Los Angeles and served in the U.S. attorney’s office.
In 1948, Chamie joined the Assn. of Motion Picture Producers as an assistant to Charles Boren.
In 1959, he was named secretary-treasurer of the AMPTP and in 1964 was elected VP and general counsel. He retired in 1978. (The org in 1982 changed its name to the Alliance of Motion Picture & TV Producers.)
Chamie was president of Mayor Bradley’s L.A. Film Development Committee and was a founder and member of the boards of trustees of the eight industry pension and health-and-welfare funds since their inceptions.
He served as chairman of each of these boards as well as chairman of their legal committees.
In addition to being a member of numerous industry and civic organizations, Chamie served as National Commander of the American Legion in 1970-71.
He is survived by daughter Denise and son Peter.