ALICE GHOSTLEY, 81 Award-winning actress
Alice Ghostley, the Tony Award-winning actress best known on television for playing Esmeralda on Bewitched and Bernice on Designing Women, died Friday at her home in Studio City, Calif., after a long battle with colon cancer and a series of strokes.
Ms. Ghostley made her Broadway debut in Leonard Sillman's New Faces of 1952. She received critical acclaim for singing "The Boston Beguine," which became her signature song.
In the 1960s, she received a Tony nomination for various characterizations in the Broadway comedy The Beauty Part and eventually won for best featured actress in The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window.
From 1969 to 1972, she played the good witch and ditzy housekeeper Esmeralda on TV's Bewitched. She played Bernice Clifton on Designing Women from 1987 to 1993, for which she earned an Emmy nomination in 1992.
Ghostley's film credits include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Graduate, Gator and Grease.