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Actress and comedienne Alice Ghostley was born Aug. 14, 1926, in Eve, Mo. After dropping out of the University of Oklahoma, Ghostley made a splash on Broadway in "New Faces of 1952," in which she won laughs and rave reviews with her rendition of "The Boston Beguine."

Throughout the next three decades, Ghostley's ace comic timing earned her steady work on such sitcoms as "The Jackie Gleason Show," "Mayberry R.F.D." and "Car 54, Where Are You?" though she did score a memorable dramatic turn in To Kill a Mockingbird. It was for two roles that the scene-stealing actress garnered the most attention: as the hapless witch Esmeralda on "Bewitched" and as the ditzy Bernice Clifton on "Designing Women," for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Emmy in 1992.

Ghostley died Sept. 21, 2007, at her home in Studio City, Calif.

Alice Ghostley in To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

1962 NR

Southern comforts abound in this big-screen adaptation of Harper Lee's novel as lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck, in an Oscar-winning role) defends an innocent black man (Brock Peters) against rape charges but ends up in a maelstrom of hate and prejudice. Meanwhile, with help from a friend (John Megna), Finch's children, Jem (Phillip Alford) and Scout (Mary Badham), set their sights on making contact with a reclusive neighbor (Robert Duvall).

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