Best-known for her role as Vera on the 70s and 80s sitcom, Alice, Beth Howland passed away at the age of 74 in Santa Monica, California on December 31st, 2015.
Her husband, Charles Kimbrough, revealed that she did not wish to make an announcement of her death, nor have a memorial service - which is why the news of her passing is delayed by nearly five months.
Howland was known for her early roles in Broadway shows, movies like You Can't Take It With You and shows such as, The Love Boat, and Alice. She also held a number of other smaller roles in shows like The Little House on the Prairie - in which she played the shop clerk during 'The Pride of Walnut Grove'.
Kimbrough told media outlets that the cause of her death was lung cancer, and admitted that the silence surrounding her passing was just part of her personality.
“It was the Boston side of her personality coming out,” Mr. Kimbrough said. “She didn’t want to make a fuss.”
It's such a tragedy to lose someone so prominent in our culture - especially someone who helped shape television and acting into what it is today. Many actors still look up to her for her ability to capture the character of Vera so intimately and truly be a shining star of early television.
We are keeping her loved ones in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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