Mary Grace Canfield: ‘Green Acres’ Actress Dead At 89

Tue, February 18, 2014 8:17am EST by 12 Comments
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The Hollywood legend, best known for playing Ralph Monroe on the hit TV show ‘Green Actres’ passed away on Feb. 15 after a battle with lung cancer.

Mary Grace Canfield died in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Feb. 15, according to her daughter Phoebe Alexiades. The actress starred on shows like: General Hospital, The Hathaways, and Bewitched

Mary Grace Canfield Dead — Actress Dies Of Lung Cancer

The actress was best known for starring on the hit show Green Acres from 1965 to 1971. On the show she played Ralph Monroe, who was working with her brother Alf, on their newly acquired farm.

But that’s truly not what she wanted to be remembered for.

“To be remembered for Ralph kind of upsets me,” she told the Bangor Daily News. “Only in the sense that it was so easy and undemanding. It’s being known for something easy to do instead of something you worked hard to achieve.”

The New York native didn’t just stick to the screen, she also appeared in Broadway plays before she rose to fame.

Phoebe told the press that her mother died while in hospice.

Mary was married twice, first to Charles Carey and then for 25 years to John Bischof. Mary leaves behind her two daughters, Phoebe, and Alison Carey.

This is so sad and we hope that her family is doing okay. We will always remember Mary’s unbelievable charm and wit on screen. Mary’s legend will live on forever on screen and she will be deeply missed!

— Chloe Melas

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