NATALIE SCHAFER (November 5, 1900 – April 10, 1991) was an American actress of film, stage and television, probably best known for her role as " Lovey Howell " on the sitcom Gilligan\'s Island (1964–67).
* 1 Early life and career * 2 Personal life * 3 Death * 4 Partial filmography * 5 References * 6 External links
EARLY LIFE AND CAREER
Schafer appeared on Broadway in 17 plays between 1927 and 1959, often
playing supporting roles. Most of those appearances were in short-run
plays, with the exceptions of
Lady in the Dark (1941–42), The
Doughgirls (1942–44), and Romanoff and Juliet (1957–58). She was
seen in a revival of
Six Characters in Search of an Author , directed
Tyrone Guthrie (1955–56). She also appeared in stock and
regional productions, including the off-Broadway production The
Killing of Sister George , with
Schafer performed in many films, usually portraying sophisticates; but she is best known as " Lovey Howell " on Gilligan\'s Island . She reprised her role in made-for-television spin-off films after the show ended, along with the animated spinoff Gilligan\'s Planet in 1982.
She guest-starred as well on many other television series, including
Goodyear Playhouse /Philco Playhouse ("The Sisters", with Grace Kelly
I Love Lucy
For the 1971-1972 television season, Schafer joined the cast of the
Search for Tomorrow
Schafer in September 1990, less than a year before her death
Schafer was legendarily secretive about her age, never even telling Calhern. For many years, her birth year was generally given as 1912. Few people believed this, yet her actual year of birth of 1900 (which was not discovered until after her death) shocked even her intimate friends. She was reportedly also a breast cancer survivor, a fact she withheld from her fans and friends.
Her investments, particularly in real estate , made her a multi-millionaire. Differing sources state that most of this fortune was bequeathed to either her Gilligan's Island co-star Dawn Wells or to care for her dogs. Wells did not comment on that, but she did claim on Vicki Lawrence 's talk show Vicki! that Schafer spent her last years living with her, adding that she essentially had served as Natalie's caretaker during that time. Wells also stated on Vicki! that one of Schafer's favorite things on Gilligan's Island was "falling through quicksand".
Schafer died of liver cancer in her
She bequeathed between $1.5 million and $2 million to the Lillian Booth Actors Home to renovate the hospital's outpatient wing, which was renamed, in 1993, the NATALIE SCHAFER WING.
The Body Disappears
* ^ A B ""New York, New York City Births, 1846–1909" database".
Retrieved March 18, 2016.
* ^ A B Family Profile, americanjewisharchives.org; accessed August
* ^ "United States Census, 1910" Charles Schafer, Manhattan Ward
12, New York, New York; retrieved July 31, 2012.
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