ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) -
MacRae, best known for playing
The actress died at the
In the 1950s version of "The Honeymooners,"
"My mother referred to herself as the last Mrs. Kramden," said her daughter, actress
"She had a great life, my mom, she really did. She was quite a broad," Heather MacRae said. "Fascinating, almost like an Autie Mame character."
MacRae, who suffered from dementia but was otherwise in good health, had been hospitalized for a minor surgical procedure. Her death came suddenly Thursday night, apparently the result of old age, said Heather MacRae.
A singer, dancer and actress, MacRae was married to "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel" star
She had put her career on hold while she devoted herself to MacRae and their four children, Heather MacRae said. After helping her husband with his nightclub act, she decided to join him and her career took off, her daughter said. The couple appeared together in musicals including "
The couple divorced in 1967.
Actress Shirley Jones, in a statement released by MacRae's family, called Sheila MacRae "a great lady" with extraordinary talent who "helped me to be a better mother."
After her divorce from Gordon MacRae, she was married to
Sheila MacRae played the role of Madelyn Richmond on the soap opera "
"She lived a good life and a long life," Mullavey said. "We'll miss her."
A native of
Survivors include children Heather and William "Gar" MacRae, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Daughter Meredith died in 2000 and son Robert in 2010, Heather MacRae said.
Funeral services for her mother were pending, she said.
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