‘The Honeymooners’ actress Joyce Randolph dead at 99

'The Honeymooners' actress Joyce Randolph dead at 99

Joyce Randolph, renowned for her role as Trixie Norton in “The Honeymooners,” has passed away at the age of 99. The actress died peacefully in her Manhattan home while in home-hospice care for several months, as confirmed by her son, Randy Charles. Joyce Randolph was the last surviving member of the cast of the iconic ’50s sitcom, preceded in death by co-stars Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, and Audrey Meadows.

“The Honeymooners” depicted the lives of two New York City couples, Ralph and Alice Kramden (Gleason and Meadows) and Ed and Trixie Norton (Carney and Randolph). Originating as a comedy sketch on “The Jackie Gleason Show,” the show transitioned into a standalone 30-minute series for one season, comprising 39 episodes. Despite its short run, the sitcom left an indelible mark on television history.

Randolph’s diverse career included various projects before “The Honeymooners,” much of which remains lost due to the nature of live television. Her son, Randy Charles, shared anecdotes about her earlier roles, including playing the recurring character of the “most murdered girl” on television. Joyce Randolph was not only a talented actress but also a dedicated mother and wife. She was married to Richard Lincoln Charles, and they remained together until his passing in 1997.

A private remembrance service for Randolph will be held at a later date. The family has suggested that, in lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be made to the Entertainment Community Fund, formerly known as The Actor’s Fund. Richard Lincoln Charles, Joyce’s late husband, was a board member of the charitable organization. Joyce Randolph’s contributions to the entertainment industry and her enduring legacy in “The Honeymooners” will be remembered by fans and colleagues alike.