Beatrice Colen

Actress Beatrice Colen, perhaps best known to TV audiences as Marsha the carhop on “Happy Days,” died Nov. 18 of lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She was 51.

The granddaughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright George S. Kaufman, she appeared in many TV shows, commercials, films and legit plays.

In addition to her “Happy Days” role as the roller-skating carhop, she also played Lynda Carter’s sidekick, Etta Candy, on TV’s “Wonder Woman.”

She guested on numerous TV shows including “Night Court,” “Knots Landing,” “Alice” and “All in the Family.” Colen also appeared at the Mark Taper Forum in Peter Parnell’s “Romance Language.”

She is survived by her husband, actor Patrick Cronin, two sons and her mother.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations in Colen’s name be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund, 22212 Ventura Blvd., Suite 300, Woodland Hills, CA 91364-1530.

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