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Kaye Ballard (1925 – 2019), “The Mothers-in-Law” star

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Popular nightclub and Broadway performer

Kaye Ballard (1925 – 2019) starred on the 1960s sitcom “The Mothers-in-Law” and was also a popular Broadway and nightclub performer. Ballard played a meddling mother-in-law alongside Eve Arden as they get too involved in their children’s marriage on the sitcom that ran on NBC from 1967 until 1969. Ballard was a singer who was the first to record “Fly Me to the Moon,” and she starred in many Broadway musicals including “The Golden Apple.”

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Died: Monday January 21, 2019. (Who else died on January 21?)

Details of death: Died at the age of 93 from cancer at her home in Rancho Mirage, California.


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Meeting Elvis Presley: “I met Elvis Presley in Palm Springs,” she said. “I was driving along Palm Canyon and I pulled right upside his black (Stutz Blackhawk), and I said, ‘I love you!’ He said, ‘I love you, too, Miss Ballard.’ I said, ‘Ah!’ I almost drove off the road. I thought, ‘Elvis Presley said my name! He knows who I am! That was the thrill of a lifetime.” – According to the Desert Sun

Tributes: “I’m so sad to hear of the passing of wonderful Kaye Ballard - one of the truly great entertainers. She could do everything...what a voice, what a talent & wow, she could make me laugh.”– Actress and singer Mitzi Gaynor on Twitter

“Kaye was my favorite leading lady, and my favorite friend, and there is a vacancy in our lives because of her leaving that only God can fulfill.” – Actor Gavin MacLeod told the Desert Sun

Full obituary: The Desert Sun

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