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Sheila MacRae (September 24, 1921 – March 6, 2014)

Sheila Margaret Stephens was born in London in 1921. Shortly before WWII, in 1939, her family left to come to Long Island, New York.

In 1941, at age 20, she married Gordon MacRae. The two often appeared together in Broadway musicals. In their 26 years together, they had four children, two daughters and two sons. (Both daughters went into show business.) The couple divorced in 1967. That same year she married her second husband, Ronald Wayne. MacRae and Wayne divorced in 1970.

On March 6, 2014, at age 92, MacRae died suddenly from natural causes. She had been suffering from dementia and had recently had a minor surgical procedure, but was in otherwise good health. She was survived by two of her children.

MacRae is best known for playing Alice Kramden in 52 episodes of The Jackie Gleason Show, assuming the role vacated by Audrey Meadows.