Kaye Ballard, who is remembered for her two season stint on 1960s Desi Arnaz-produced sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law,” died at her home in Rancho Mirage on Monday. She was 93.
Born on November 20,1925 in Cleveland, Ballard established herself as a musical comedian in the 1940s, joining the Spike Jones touring revue. Her career spanned stage and screen, with her theatrical appearances including “Freaky Friday” and “The Ritz.” On television, she appeared on variety hour “The Perry Como Show” from 1961-63, and she was a regular in two additional sitcoms: “The Doris Day Show” from 1970-72 and syndicated “What a Dummy” in the 1990-91 season. Her guest roles included, “Love, American Style,” “The Love Boat,” “Here’s Boomer,” “Alice” and “Trapper John, M.D.”
In 1995, Ballard was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.
Ballard had recently attended a screening of a documentary about her life, “Kaye Ballard: The Show Goes On,” at the Palm Springs Film Festival.