Actress Mary Grace Canfield, best known for her butch-lite handywoman character Ralph on Green Acres, has died at the age of 89.
The cause was lung cancer, her daughter Phoebe Alexiades said. On “Green Acres,” Canfield was Ralph Monroe, who, with her brother Alf, was perennially working on the bedroom of a city slicker couple (Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor) at their newly acquired farm near Hooterville. She was a down-home gal in bib overalls and a white painter’s cap worn backward, a funny, plain-spoken woman doing “man’s work” before feminism made the term quaint. The show ran from 1965 to 1971.
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