‘Green Acres’ Actress Mary Grace Canfield Dies at 89

Mary Grace Canfield dead

Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show “Green Acres,” died of lung cancer on Saturday at a hospice in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was 89.

During a four-decade career, Canfield appeared on TV shows including “General Hospital,” “The Hathaways,” “Family,” “Hazel” and “The Love Boat.” She was Harriet Kravitz on four episodes of the 1960s series “Bewitched.”

The actress also appeared in a few films, including “Polyanna” in 1960 and “Something Wicked This Way Comes” in 1983.

But she was best known for her role of Ralph Monroe in some 40 episodes of “Green Acres,” which ran from 1965 to 1971. She also appeared in 1990 reunion pic “Return to Green Acres.”

Monroe greeted folks in the town of Hooterville with a cheery “howdy doody,” wore painters’ overalls and was forever working on the Douglas family’s bedroom with her brother, Alf.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., Canfield began her smallscreen career with a role in a 1954 episode of anthology series “Goodyear Playhouse.”

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  1. JR says:

    Her tough-persona, butter heart role as the maid in Pollyanna was lovely.

  2. MichaelB says:

    She was great! Viva Ralph, Ralph est morte :-(

  3. Gail Cohen says:

    Does anyone have Mary Grace Canfield’s daughter’s phone number? I would like to call her in Santa Barbara. Please email me at gcinheritor@gmail.com. Mary Grace reunited with Hedgerow Theatre actors in a 1982 production of Inheritors by Susan Glaspell at the MLA Convention in Los Angeles directed by Logan Ramsey. Hedgerow was founded by Jasper Deeter.

  4. dj6ual says:

    Please visit the Virtual Memorial for Mary Grace Canfield
    Find A Grave Memorial# 125296294
    Thank You!
    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=125296294

  5. Miva Valle says:

    Very sad to hear about Mrs. Canfield’s passing, I stumbled with her daughter’s article here http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/movies/phoebe-alexiades-green-acres-actress-mary-grace-canfields-daughter/ I see the resemblance

  6. lola says:

    so sad, my grandmother was a big fan,she said Mary was a funny lady, I found info on her husband and more pics here http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/movies/john-bischof-green-acres-actress-mary-grace-canfields-husband/

  7. michele wilson says:

    I hope this cancer was not caused from smoking, too many talented tv & movie stars are dying from cancer caused from years of smoking.

  8. Gail Cohen says:

    Mary Grace Canfield began her career as an actress with the historic Hedgerow Theatre Repertory founded by Jasper Deeter in Moylan-Rode Valley, PA. She was a dedicated actress and wonderful human being. – Gail Cohen Theatre Historian And Archivist, Former Director of the Hedgerow Theatre Collection now in the Twentieth Century Archives at Boston University.

  9. Althea diBiase May says:

    We knew Mary Grace Canfield & her sister Constance Canfield Morgan…
    Although we (Emily DiBiase & Althea DiBiase May) knew Constance C.Morgan on a more personal level,
    We send our condolences to the Family of Mary Grace.
    Maybe they remember our Mother Zeruah DiBiase, who was a friend of both! Although we weren’t current with Mary Grace’s daughters…Phoebe & Allison.

    With Love,

    Althea May
    Emily diBiase

  10. Gary Johnson says:

    She was awesome actress she will be greatly missed..

  11. Robert Speck says:

    Growing up with Green Acres I always thought it weird that a woman’s name was Ralph. Good show and wonderful actress. Farewell, Mary!!

  12. Suzanne Rosenorn says:

    I was a little girl, but remember her well. In her heyday she made appearances on many sitcoms. Didnt know she was 89. She was between my mom & dad’s age. Nice actress.

  13. cmc080704 says:

    She also played Thelma Lou’s cousin on Andy Griffith. Her name on there was Mary Grace, and she was paired up on a date with Gomer Pile, who was told she was “nice, just the nicest thing”.

    • Mart W says:

      Your memory is good. I too remember her on the Andy Griffith Show – “she’s nice, real nice!”
      Thanks for the memory!

      • Anne says:

        I was just remarking to my son about her playing Mary Grace on Andy Griffith’s show when Thelma Lou and Helen told their guys that if “Mary Grace doesn’t go, then we won’t go either.” That’s when Andy and Barney got her the date with Gomer, and he agreed, “She’s nice, real nice.” as he went back to dancing with her in Thelma Lou’s house. hahaha

    • Dave Arndt says:

      I remember well that episode of “The Andy Griffith Show,” in which she was to go on a date with Gomer Pyle…one of my favorite episodes of that show.

    • Mary Grace was just as her name -she had grace – I worked with her as Guest star on Green Acres and we had more fun in in between takes – She was always complimentary and sweet and poked fun at Eddie Albert “dowerness” as she called it . I liked her a lot – so sorry she had to suffer – bless her.

  14. Mat Meador says:

    so i guess a pic would have been too difficult???

  15. bubba says:

    it was Hooterville, not HooterSville

  16. david t. krall says:

    from: david t. krall
    email: truthatlarge@hotmail.com
    GOD ! I remember her! Actually that was a pretty funny show with a cleaver premise.
    I remember a lot, not all, of these “rural” sitcoms on CBS were somehow all inter-related
    where once in a while a character (or 2) from one show would appear another…
    Why didn’t ABC retain here as Mrs. Kravitz? I do recall when the actress who played the original Mrs. Kravitz died…was Mary Grace Canfield an actual replacement or played her sister during her stint
    on “Bewitched”? (similar to Gale Gordon on “Dennis The Mennis” filing in at first, then a perm & different replacement for the actor who played Mr. Wilson).
    God’s speed, safe journey and rest in peace !!!

  17. Phil Esteen says:

    Rest in peace, Mary Canfield and thank you for all the laughter you gave the world.

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