Born In: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Arlene Golonka was a celebrated American actress who had given some memorable performances. Having been named after the super talented actress, Arline Judge, it was only natural for Arlene Golonka to grow up to be as talented as the latter. Interestingly, acting became a passion for young Arlene early in life. She made her tryst with theatre early on and found success. After making her mark in the theatre, she made the next leap into television. While theatre had polished her skills and earned her a name in the acting circuit, television gave her commercial acclaim and rose her popularity further. In a few years, she established her as one of the leading character actress. She was seen in legendary television shows, such as ‘Mary Tyler Moore’, ‘All in the Family’ and ‘M*A*S*H’. She gave a spellbinding performance in a recurring role as Millie in ‘Mayberry R.F.D’, which is labelled as her best ever till date. Apart from films, Golonka appeared in supporting roles in films and also gave a number of voiceovers. Towards the end of her career, Golonka took up teaching acting. She was definitely a pot-boiler of talent, skill and versatility.
Died At Age: 85
Spouse/Ex-: Larry Delaney (1969–1977; divorced) Michael Longo
Born Country: United States
place of death: West Hollywood, California, U.S.
City: Chicago, Illinois
U.S. State: Illinois
Having aced her artistic skills, Golonka then moved to New York City, where she studied with Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner and Uta Hagen. It was at the age of nineteen that Golonka started a full-fledged career in acting.
Arlene Golonka’s first major role was for the production, ‘The Night Circus’ with Ben Gazzara. The play was staged at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven Connecticut. The first screening of the play was done on November 17, 1958. Almost after a week-long trial run, the play moved to Broadway on December 2, 1958. However, ‘The Night Circus’ with Ben Gazzara did not have many screening in Broadway and was closed merely after seven performances.
After retiring from television, she occasionally took up film roles. She also taught acting to newbies.
On February 14, 1969, she married Larry Delaney. They remained a couple until 1977, after which they parted ways and later divorced.
Arlene Golonka died on May 31, 2021, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 85.
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