Arlene McQuade, Actress on ‘The Goldbergs,’ Dies at 77

Arlene “Fuzzy” McQuade, who played Gertrude Berg’s daughter, Rosalie, throughout the seven-year run of the hit 1950s series “The Goldbergs” and had a role in the Orson Welles film “Touch of Evil,” died on April 21 in Santa Fe, N.M. She was 77 and had long struggled with Parkinson’s Disease.

Born in New York City, McQuade worked in radio, early television and on Broadway as a young girl, including a critically acclaimed performance in Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke” that drew the attention of CBS executives, who signed her to a leading role in their new television series “The Goldbergs,” about a Jewish immigrant family. (Arlene is pictured above standing next to the seated Gertrude Berg, who played her mother on the show and penned most of the episodes.)

McQuade was a member of the New York Actors Studio for five years. In 1957, she traveled to California under contract with Universal Pictures for Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil,” on the set of which she met actor Valentin DeVargas, who also had a role in the film. They were married soon after.

The actress also appeared on television on series including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Have Gun — Will Travel,” “Death Valley Days” and “Hawaii Five-O.”

Valentin DeVargas died last year.

Arlene is survived by a daughter and son; a granddaughter and two grandsons; two great-grandsons; and a sister.

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